A DANCER has failed to reach the final of Britain’s Got Talent.

Raphael Badawi, from Eastbourne, is part of street dance group IMD Legion, who reached the semi-final of the ITV talent show.

The 36-piece group were one of 40 acts selected by judges to go through this year’s semi-finals.

Lauren Allred, a singer from The Greatest Showman soundtrack, and 14-year-old comedian Eva Abley are among the acts hoping to win the show and claim the £250,000 prize money.

The winner will also secure a spot on the bill at the Royal Variety Performance.

The Argus: Street dance group IMD Legion Street dance group IMD Legion

Following IMD Legion’s departure from the show, a number of viewers took to social media to share their disappointment.

“IMD Legion went home? Wow, I did not see that one coming,” one viewer said.

Another added: “Fuming at the fact IMD Legion didn’t get through to the final. They deserved that more than anyone.”

A viewer said the dance crew were “robbed”, while another said: “This is a fix, surely.”

Another wrote: ‘Nah fuming at the fact @IMDLegion didn’t get thru to the final, they deserved that more than anyone else.’

Someone else claimed that they were ‘robbed’, while another quipped: “This is a fix surely.”

After getting through to the semi-final with the London-based dance crew, Raphael said he wanted to “go out there to represent Eastbourne”.

"I really hope I’ll get the support of everyone in the area,” he said.

IMD Legion founder Omar Ansah-Awuah previously said: “It’s been fantastic to perform again on BGT, the world’s biggest talent show, and I could not be more proud of my team and my dancers.

“After missing out on a place in the final in 2015 by just a fraction of votes, we put everything into our audition and have been working tirelessly to bring a powerful new performance to the live semi-finals that will wow the judges.”

The acts who made it through to the final include fellow dance group Five Star Boys – made up of boys between the ages of 10 and 12, who hope to encourage other young boys to dance.

Singer Tom Ball will also compete in the final after receiving the most audience votes during Wednesday’s semi-final following his rendition of Rise Like A Phoenix by Eurovision star Conchita Wurst.

While Ventriloquist Jamie Leahey, 13, secured a place with his routine alongside his puppet chicken Chuck.

Schoolboy Aneeshwar Kunchala, aged seven, also landed a place after he won over hearts with his poetry about the environment.

Also joining the final line-up are busker Maxwell Thorpe, impressionist Ben Nickless and musical duo Flintz and Taylor.

It was also announced on Saturday that Amber and The Dancing Collies had been chosen out of all the third place act from the semi-finals to join the final line-up as the wildcard act.

The Britain’s Got Talent final is on ITV at 7.30pm on Sunday, June 5.