Two Acro troupes trying their luck on 'Belgium's Got Talent'27/04/2015
After the varied success of Acrobatic troupes Spelbound, AcroArmy and most recently Portugal's ArtGym Company on talent-testing reality TV programmes, two Belgian Acro Troupes are trying their luck on Belgium's Got Talent.
Belgian Acro Troup TK Werchter has qualified to finals on Belgium's Got Talent on May 15. Photo courtesy Inez Deaulmerie.
TK Werchter, a team of 10 talented Age Group and Junior Acro competitors, became one of two acts awarded a berth for the May 15 final on Belgium's Got Talent after impressing judges with their sparkling "Hercules" themed routine in the preliminaries.
Team members include Jonas Antoons and Simon De Wever, who were fifth in Men's Pairs at the 2014 World Age Group Competitions (WAGC) in Levallois (FRA), Nona Wouters, who won a silver medal at the 2014 WAGC, MIAC International Acro Cup silver medallist Emma Hansens and Anouk Robbeets, Sanne Simons, Hasse Timmermans, Luka Struye, Esther Gilson and Laura Laureys, all of whom are aiming to qualify for this year's Junior European Championships in Riesa (GER) in September.
In addition, the Acro Trio of Kaat Dumarey, Ineke van Schoor and Julie van Gelder, who won bronze at the 2014 World Championships in Levallois, will be competing for a place in the finals as the Art Acrobatics Team on May 1. If they make it, Belgium would become the first "Got Talent" show with two Acro troupes in finals.
Belgian Trio Kaat Dumarey, Ineke van Schoor and Julie van Gelder, the reigning World bronze medallists, will also be going for finals on Belgium's Got Talent.
The goal for all troupes is to bring greater awareness of Acrobatic Gymnastics to the public. In spite of Acro's television and online popularity, the discipline suffers from a lack of Olympic recognition and has had trouble keeping senior level athletes in the sport.
"We hope that, together with them, we can bring the Acrobatic sports on the foreground and into the media in Belgium," said Louis Deaulmerie, President of TK Werchter. "We enjoyed already a lot the victory of the ArtGym Company of our befriended club in Maia in Portugal's Got Talent."
Acro Teams have been remarkably successful on reality TV programmes and enjoy a healthy online popularity. After Britain's Spelbound, featuring several World Acro medallists, won "Britain's Got Talent" in 2010, Acro became more of a household discipline. The success of U.S. troupe AcroArmy (third on America's Got Talent last year) and the Portugal's ArtGym Company, which won Portugal's Got Talent several weeks ago has provided a boost for the discipline and its gymnasts.
The winners of Belgium's Got Talent will be awarded a prize of 50,000 euros.