Congratulations to 89-year-old Colin Thackery, who has just won Britain’s Got Talent. He is the oldest ever finalist on the show, and he won with 25.3% of the final vote. Colin is a singing pensioner who moved the hearts of Britain with his story of service (he was a soldier) and loss (his wife died of breast cancer in 2016). His prize is 250,000 pounds and a spot on the bill at the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Royal Family.
This year’s BGT also featured the best plot twist I’ve ever seen on a Reality Competition show. Mentalist X was this year’s runner up. He performed in anonymity for the first two rounds. In the final round, he revealed himself to be Marc Spelmann, who got Ant and Dec’s Golden Buzzer last year but was eliminated in the semi-final. It was really cool to see a returning contestant hide who he was for the first two rounds, and I never expected that this was a possibility.
In third place was Ben Hart, another magician. There were a LOT of magic acts this year on BGT. In fourth place was Kojo Anim, a comedian and Simon’s Golden Buzzer act. Kojo was probably my favorite act of the top 11. Rounding out the top 6 were Dave & Finn (a magic act with a dog) and Flakefleet Primary School (an adorable children’s choir that doesn’t sound very good but are wildly creative in their presentation).
Watch some video highlights from BGT 2019 below:
Colin Thackery’s final performance:
X’s final performance and big reveal:
Ben Hart’s final performance:
Dave and Finn’s final performance:
Flakefleet Primary School’s audition: