Jack Higgins

milkboys Music & Dance 19 Comments

Oh, Britain’s got Talent… everything about that show is just so terrible. The production, the judges, the fake audience “reactions”. But sometimes the contestants aren’t. And if 14-year-old Jack manges to grow up like Ronan did he’s gonna be one hell of a pretty dancer, that’s for sure.

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  1. I love that he is 14 and sounds and looks like that! This is the only reason why I watch Britain’s Got Talent. To see boys who do well on the show!

  2. Can anyone say …… Billy Elliot …… but with better talent? …. And with a little Ronan thrown in as well.

    Ooohh, that’s going to get someone’s rankles up, I’m sure. :-)

    He’s pretty good with just a few rough edges (on interpretation) …. but he’s only 14 and he’ll get better, I’m sure.

    Simon ….. why, I didn’t know you can sometimes be an actual ….. human.

    1. Apples and oranges: Jaime Bell was a fantastic actor. His dancing really was that of a kid who’d had no training to speak of. That’s why he’s still working as a successful actor. Higgins is a terrific dancer. Their personalities were also chalk and cheese . . . no better or worse, just completely different. If you’re comparing him to the dozens of Billies from the musical, that’s a whole ‘nother kettle of fish.

      1. “Jaime Bell was a fantastic actor.”

        No, he wasn’t. He was only adequate, at best. While we can argue back and forth about his “dancing skills”, he was definitely no “break-out performer”. Even his vocal skills were lacking — but this could be the Director’s fault … or his dialog coach (or whoever they used on the sets). There were numerous times I simply could not understand his dialog — and make no mistake about it, this movie was made for an American audience just as much as any UK audience (and probably more because of the money draw from American theaters).

        And, before devilena tries to throw his (her?) pitchfork at me, I’m not saying Jamie was “bad”, just that they could have easily done much better. I think the casting was just too lazy (or cheap?) to look no further than Jamie.

        1. @pb
          ~It was actually Michael that I always favored in “Billy Elliot” for his sweetness and friendship with Billy. Same with this kid, just give him his five minutes of fame in the spotlight, no need to compare him to anyone else…

          Billy: My hands are freezing.
          Michael: ‘Gizzem here.
          Billy: [Michael takes his hands and puts them in his jacket] What are you doing?
          Michael: Nothin’. Just warmin’ your hands up.
          Billy: [pause] You’re not a poof or owt?
          Michael: [deadpan] What gave you that impression?
          Billy: Aren’t me hands cold?
          Michael: I quite like it.
          [kisses Billy on the cheek; they stare at each other]
          Billy: Just because I like ballet, doesn’t mean I’m a poof, you know.
          Michael: You won’t tell anyone, will you?
          Billy: [pauses, then grins] Come on.
          Michael: [stares after him longingly

          1. “It was actually Michael that I always favored in ‘Billy Elliot’ ”

            And I as well.

        2. Jaime Bell’s vocal skills were exceptional. As the film was set in the coal mining districts of northeast England it would have been ridiculous to have some bland mid-lantic accent purely so that Americans could understand it. He had a genuine accent of the local area. It was not made for an American audience, with a budget of just £3 million pounds or so (hardly the lunch money of a major movie these days) it was not expected to be be a major movie, no more than a good independent movie. Its amazing success took everyone by surprise including the director. Changing accents just to accommodate different countries is always a mistake. Imagine some of the movies set in the southern US States if they had had less distinct accents…Even worse is when movies use stars from a completely different country and expect them to speak in a local accent; Dick Van Dyke with his ludicrous cockney accent in Mary Poppins or Russell Crowe in Robin Hood trying for a northern accent spring to mind.

        3. @Geoffrey:
          “Jaime Bell’s vocal skills were exceptional.”

          IF they “were,” he was not coached properly by whatever they use on set (Dialog coach, etc).

          “It was not made for an American audience, with a budget of just £3 million pounds or so (hardly the lunch money of a major movie these days)”

          If you think they made that movie just for the incredibly small market in U.K., you don’t know jack about how movies are made & marketed. In 2000, gay rights in America was exploding onto the political scene. Just because this is about a “dancer,” the underlying theme is about gays-fems-ballet dancing and all that applies. Yeah, it was definitely made with an eye towards America — WE were/are their most lucrative market — compared to US, the movie audiences in U.K. are small potatoes. (Do the math.) And it’s cost? The original Rocky movie was made for (around) $1 Million. It made over $200 Million. The makers of Billy Elliot weren’t financially stupid — Don’t attempt to put them in that category.

          “it was not expected to be be a major movie, no more than a good independent movie.”

          Nor was the original Rocky. Enough said.

          “Changing accents just to accommodate different countries is always a mistake.”

          I didn’t say anything about CHANGING accents. I said I couldn’t understand a small portion of his dialogs. Making an actors dialog be more CLEAR doesn’t mean CHANGING his accent. Again, that’s WHY they hire “Dialog coaches” (or whatever you call them in U.K.).

          Just because it was a U.K. movie, doesn’t mean it was “perfect” by anyone’s standard, let alone, YOURS. You need to learn to accept criticism of your “precious” country’s arts.

  3. ❦Such a sweet boy and a lovely performance.
    So reminds me of Ronan after his first appearance on BGT, both boys trying to hold back the rush of emotions yet endearing themselves to the audience even more for it. Wish him the best!

  4. He’s a good dancer and I know the audition is more about showcasing his ability then anything, but going forward he needs to choreograph his dance to interpret the music he chooses to use. If he uses his body to tell a story he could do well, but if he keeps treating it like a gymnastics routine he’ll get voted off quick.

    1. “but going forward he needs to choreograph his dance to interpret the music he chooses to use.”

      Yes, that’s exactly what I meant in my comment above when I said “interpretation”.

      “If he uses his body to tell a story he could do well, but if he keeps treating it like a gymnastics routine he’ll get voted off quick.”

      Again, in total agreement. You said it well on both counts. Thanks for your post.

      I guess I was right about “get someone’s rankles up” …. Bob (and the other one) didn’t quite get it with the way I said it. But he seems to like food comparisons …. “Apples and oranges; chalk and cheese; kettle of fish”.

  5. He is adorable, but frankly his technique (according to the video) seems lacking. For example the boys on the cast of Billy Elliot musical dance way better and some of them are even younger. In London and nowadays all over the world.

    To name names, I saw Nat Sweeney in London some months ago and he was an excellent dancer. There are a few videos of him on YouTube showing clips from Billy and doing gymnastics.

    1. “For example the boys on the cast of Billy Elliot musical dance way better and some of them are even younger.”

      Yes, but that was the Musical. But not the movie. It was obvious they had to perform well for an on stage musical and they did it very well.

  6. Hey Josh, here’s a thought; any chance you could add a feature that would allow individual users here to permanently block another user’s comments?

    1. Here’s a thought; If you don’t want to read another user’s comments, then don’t read them.

      “Problem”[?] solved.

  7. Hi Folks

    He is fantastic!

    I will site Malcolm Gladwell in his book ‘Outliers:’ “It takes a human being around ten thousand hours of practice to master anything from ice hockey to the piano. Jack is well on his way to be a master!

    If he keeps it up he will be the lead performer in one of the woulds great dance troops! If he ever comes to the SF Bay area put me down for tickets!

    Go Jack!

  8. Average dancer in my opinion.

    Don’t know why people of here get so worked up about others comments.

    Comparing him to Jamie Bell is ludicrous – he is just a cute kid trying to get himself noticed, doing something he loves doing but sure need some help and guidance.

    As in most cases on BGT the kids use the bullying sob stories which sadly doesn’t work with the majority of viewers, me included.

    I wish him well but cannot seeing him getting much further especially as his dance routine is rather limited.

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