Matt battles it out in semi-final

Mathew Flint photographed on 29th November 1997 after winning a place at a top London dance college. Picture by Andrew Higgins. 112161
Mathew Flint photographed on 29th November 1997 after winning a place at a top London dance college. Picture by Andrew Higgins. 112161

SCARBOROUGH dance sensation Matt Flint is one of just six contestants to make it through to the semi-finals of hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance.

The 29 year old will be dancing his heart out tonight as he battles it out for a place in next weekend’s final.

He has been putting in 15-hour days on the run-up to tonight’s show and will perform two solos, a duet, a boys’ number and two group dances.

Matt has also had to prepare another solo in case he finds himself in the bottom two.

He said: “It’s been going good but I’m really starting to feel it now. Everyone is trying to hold it together for the last stretch.

“It feels great to be in the semi finals and I think the show will be really strong, with lots of different dance styles.

“I’m doing a really nice duet this week - I’m looking forward to it.”

The former Raincliffe pupil, who started his dance career in Scarborough, has been a strong contender throughout the series and has not yet been in the bottom two.

However, he says the pressure is on this week because there are only three boys left and only one will go through to the finals automatically.

Matt said: “Two boys will be in the bottom two, so the odds are against me in that respect. Everyone want to get through to the final and nobody wants to miss out.

“I’ve not been in the bottom two so far, but none of us can take anything for granted. There is a real feeling that it could be anybody.”

Last week Matt’s dance partner Charlotte Scally was voted out, which he says was a very emotional experience.

He said: “It was horrible to see her go after being together for so many weeks. When they showed the montage of her best bits I was very choked up.

“She left gracefully but it would be nice if she was still here.”

Tonight Matt will be supported at the live show by his mum Sharon, dad Edward, girlfriend Dominique, brother Luke and his girlfriend Elodie, along with his best friend Mike.

His mum has been down to the studio in London nearly every week to watch him perform and says this week she is particularly nervous.

Sharon said: “I’ve got butterflies now! Everyone is supporting him and he’s doing brilliantly.

“It’s been a tough week but he’s loving it and is really excited about the show.”

On the possibility of making it through, Matt said: “It’s hard to say what will happen, because we don’t know what the public want to see.

“It could be any of us really - everyone is pulling on all their resources.”

Matt is nursing a slight back injury from Wednesday and is hoping he will be 100 per cent fit for tonight.

He said: “It’s been a very difficult situation, but I am feeling much better today.”

Matt also thanked his supporters, saying: “I just have endless amounts of thanks for everyone. If you’re enjoying what you see, just keep doing what you’re doing.”

l So You Think You Can Dance is on BBC1 tonight at 5.40pm with the results show at 9.10pm.