Before The Force Awakens was released last year and introduced the world to John Boyega’s Finn, stormtroopers were pretty much the lamest part of the Star Wars universe. Or at least near the top of that list depending on how you feel about Ewoks. Regardless, you can’t exactly call Stormtroopers “fun” or “exciting” outside the times that Luke or Han Solo or Leia are kicking their butts on the way to defeat The Empire. A dance troupe on Britain’s Got Talent set out to change that perception on the most recent episode and succeeded. Entertainment Weekly has all the details of the show stopping act.
The audience seemed slightly unsure about what was about to happen at first, but the group wasted no time getting down to business and bringing the house down as soon as all members of the crew were on stage.
“Do you work for this Dark Lord?” asked judge Amanda Holden, pointing to Cowell. She didn’t get an answer, because Boogie Storm instead launched straight into a medley of Fleur East‘s “Sax,” Silento’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.”
Putting aside “Gangnam Style,” that’s a pretty unimpeachable set of songs for a dance medley. The group, appropriately called “Boogie Storm,” blew the panel of judges away with their performance. The show’s long-time judges Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, and David Williams all participated in the audience’s standing ovation after the dance was over. Even Simon Cowell, noted Dark Lord and incredibly grumpy talent show judge, granted the group the coveted Golden Buzzer, which automatically propels them into the show’s semi-final round.
Not all fans of the show were happy with Cowell’s decision. Boogie Storm went up against fan-favorite actress Rachel Wooding, a singer who has previously appeared on Coronation Street as well as other British shows. As you can see by the angry tweets (one of them from Williams himself), many viewers thought Wooding was far more deserving of an automatic advancement than the Stormtroopers.
It’s not surprising that Simon Cowell didn’t get through an episode of a talent show without causing some controversy in the fan community. Sometimes you simply can’t argue with all the joy that dancing Stormtroopers bring.