Irish dancing World Champion David Geaney has lost out on a place in the Britain's Got Talent grand finale, with comedian Ned Woodward going through from Wednesday night's live semi-final.

The five-time world champion had impressed the judges with a stunning performance backed by some impressive background visuals last week.

On Wednesday night he was one of eight acts hoping to progress through to Saturday's grand finale, but lost out to 9-year-old child comedian Ned Woodward.

During the semi-final Geaney wowed the crowd with another stand-out display of his dancing skills to a remix of the classic song Over The Rainbow. 

Despite being praised by judge Amanda Holden for his performance which she described as "like Games of Thrones meet Irish dance" fellow judge Simon Cowell wasn't as enthralled.

"I've said before that I think it's a great idea but the song was all wrong because your feet were in tune and then the song was very slow", he said.

"I think you are a better ideas man than a performer, it left me cold."

Earlier the 22-year-old revealed that he was "feeling calm" ahead of the live show saying, "I have a laid back personality. Being on stage all of my life has never really phased me."

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The recent University of Limerick graduate also admitted that he turned down Riverdance - twice!-  in order to finish his Economics and Maths course explaining that he "turned it down a couple of times because I wanted to finish my degree".

However when quizzed if he had what it takes to be the next Michael Flately, he shot back with a cheeky but confident retort.

I don't know if there will ever be another Michael Flatley but I hope I'm the next David Geaney.

The world champion dancer also spoke about his ambitions for the future.

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"The absolute dream would be to do something like what I'm doing on Britain's Got Talent in a full scale production and take the show all over the world", he said. 

"I literally went on the show to get feedback and to see if the public would enjoy it."

On Tuesday night Co. Meath singer Leah Barniville missed out on a place in the final despite receiving a standing ovation from the audience for her performance

Leah Barniville missed out on a place in the final

Following the failure of the first Irish three acts to advance, two other Irish performers still have a chance of booking a place in the Britain's Got Talent final which will now take place on Saturday to avoid a clash with the Manchester benefit concert which is being shown on the BBC.

Omagh man Ryan Tracey booked himself a place in the semi-finals after he smashed a Guinness World record for balloon modelling - while blindfolded!.

Lords of Strut will be strutting their stuff on Friday's semi-final

Cork duo Lords of Strut, aka Cormac Kinsella and Cian Mohally, also impressed with their '80s themed acrobatic routine.

The lad's spoke to RTÉ 2fm's Nicky Byrne and explained that they felt now was the right time to give Britain's Got Talent a go as it's "the biggest variety show in this part of the world".

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