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Pole dancer from Spain makes bid for British stardom

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Pole dancer from Spain makes bid for British stardom
Saulo Sarmiento is a pole dancer for Cirque Du Soleil. Screen grab: Britain's Got Talent/YouTube
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Saulo Sarmiento got pulses racing during his audition for Britain's Got Talent, but who is the man behind the moves?

One of the standout performances on this series of Britain's Got Talent, the popular reality show that searches for the weird and wacky talents of people in the UK, was actually a Spaniard.

Saulo Sarmiento, from the Canary Islands, wowed the judges - including famously unimpressed Simon Cowell - with his pole dancing-cum-acrobatic routine, which saw him spinning precariously from a pole with no safety lines.

After his heart-stopping routine, the four judges rose to their feet to applaud the Spaniard.

The video of his performance has already amassed nearly 4.5 million views on YouTube. 

But Sarmiento, 28, is a seasoned professional when it comes to pole dancing – he is actually a member of the world-famous Cirque Du Soleil.

He began his training as a gymnast aged just 13 and as part of the Canary Islands gymnastic team, travelled the world competing in international festivals.

He moved to Madrid aged 18 and four years later to Paris, where he won a prestigious pole dancing competition.

After travelling the world with different acrobatic companies, Sarmiento decided to launch his own solo act: ARIEL POLE. He has won a host of prestigious awards including the Cirque Du Soleil special prize, which specifically awards innovation.

cirqueandorraalto from Saulo Sarmiento on Vimeo.

He now works exclusively as a solo pole dancer for Cirque Du Soleil, taking part in the company's shows around the world.

So while he may not have made it through to the finals of Britain's Got Talent, the British press couldn't get enough of the Spaniard.

"The whole nation says YES" said the headline in The Sun, while Metro's headline read: "Pole dancer Saulo Sarmiento gets pulses racing". 

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