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Britain's Got Strictly Come Dancing Talent.

Byline: Jessica Boulton

STREETDANCERS Sugar Free have a secret mentor - Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman.

The team got judge Piers Morgan hot and bothered when they strutted their stuff through to the next round on last night's ITV show.

Yet what Simon Cowell doesn't know is that they've already got top marks from tough-talking judge Len, from BBC rival Strictly.

The hip-hop dance squad are members of the Goodman Dance Centre, the school which Len runs in Dartford, Kent, and they have all known him since they were tots.

Feisty Donna Jeffery, 24, said: "Len was really pleased that we were going on the show. He's in the States but he sent a text wishing us luck. He's so lovely and down-to-earth. I've been going to his school since I was two and a half.

Now we want to win this to make him proud." Sugar Free were first formed in 1996, but the only original member is professional dancer Sarah Richards, 25, who missed the first audition.

She's joined by admin assistant Jemma Elliot, 20, hairdresser Emma Cater, 24, and sisters Kirsty Palmer, an 18-year-old childcare student and nursery nurse Josie, 24 and Joanna Wright, 16. Last year they won the All England Championships and came third in the World Hip-Hop Championships in Germany.

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