James Hobley (born 14 June 1999) is a ballet dancer. He was born in England. He was one of the twins in the family who was diagnosed with autism. He studied freestyle disco and ballet and was offered a free scholarship. Hobley started dancing career at 8 years old, and entered many competitions and won many awards and trophies.
His success story was filmed as part of a TV documentary on BBC Three, titled Autism, Disco and Me. In December 2009, Hobley auditioned for Sky 1's Got to Dance but his audition was not shown In 2011, he applied to be on Britain's Got Talent and the producers accepted him through to the main audition stage. His audition was aired on 7 May 2011, dancing to "Cry Me a River", and the judges were quoted to have said that he was "inspirational". Ultimately, he was successful in the audition stage, gaining three yes votes from the judges and entering the semi-finals.
In the live semi-final on 1 June, Hobley danced to "Happy" and again received a positive response. With Les Gibson already through to the final, it was down to the judges to pick between Hobley and bell ringers Gay and Alan for the next place in the final. He was sent through to the final by a 3-1 vote.He appeared in the final on 4 June 2011 and finished in eighth place with 3.5% of the public vote.