Paddy Jones Biography
Paddy Jones born Sarah Patricia Jones is a British salsa dancer and is the current Guinness World Record holder for the ‘Oldest Acrobatic Salsa Dancer’. She is also known for winning the Spanish talent show Tú sí que vales alongside her dancing partner Nico in 2009. In 2014, she and Nico competed in the eighth series of Britain’s Got Talent, where they finished ninth overall.
Paddy Jones Age
Sarah Patricia Jones was born in Stourbridge, England, on 1st July 1934, as of 2018 she is 84 years old.
Paddy Jones Early life
She began dancing classical dance when she was 2½ years old, however, she left dancing at the age of 22 when she got married to her husband, David. After her husband retired, they moved to Gandia, Spain in 2001, but David died of leukemia just two years later.
After her husband’s death, she decided to take flamenco classes at Nicolás “Nico” Espinosa’s academy of dance, where she learned to dance salsa and formed the salsa dancing duo “Son del Timbal” with Nico (who is 40 years younger than her).
Paddy Jones Dancing Career
She and Nico went on to enter the Spanish talent show, Tú sí que vales, which they won on 2 December 2009. They also won €10,000 and global fame after being compared to Susan Boyle.
Britain’s Got Talent
In 2014, she & Nico auditioned for the eighth series of Britain’s Got Talent, where judge Amanda Holden used her Golden Buzzer to send the pair straight through to the semi-finals. Their audition was broadcast on ITV in the UK on 12 April.
On 29 May, it was reported Paddy & Nico would have to withdraw from the show after Paddy cracked her rib while rehearsing a new routine with Nico, with Amanda Holden expressing her disappointment, “Ever since I first saw Paddy dance, I fell in love with her. … And I really think she could’ve won the whole show”. However, the following day it was announced that Paddy & Nico would still compete in the show, with Paddy’s health has improved since the injury, and she was given the go-ahead from doctors.
They were put through to the finals of the show on 31 May, passing the semi-finals with three favorable votes from the judges over singer Bailey McConnell. They performed another routine at the live final on 7 June 2014, coming in 9th overall.
In 2015, they participated under the name “Paddy & Nico” in the German version of the show: “Das Supertalent”. They reached the final on 12 December 2015. They finished in ninth place, out of twelve candidates.
In December 2017, Paddy & Nico were invited to participate in the late-show leg of the 2017 Chilean Teleton. In February 2018 Paddy was a special guest at the 68th edition of the Sanremo Music Festival, dancing for three of five evenings on the notes of the song “Una vita in Vacanza” by the band Lo Stato Sociale.