Colin Thackeray Has Won Britain's Got Talent 2019

The winner of this year's Britain's Got Talent has been announced - war veteran Colin Thackeray has emerged victorious.

Typically for the 89-year-old, he was gracious yet minimal in his reply, simply saying 'thank you' to everyone who voted for him, and adding: "That's the job."

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

Colin impressed the judges early in the show when he sang 'Wind Beneath My Wings' in his red military uniform, with medals on show - an outfit that got another airing tonight - but he truly cemented his place in viewers' hearts when he performed Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again', as images of his late wife Joan appeared on a screen in the background.

Tonight, he and his fellow Chelsea Pensioners performed a rousing rendition of 'Love Changes Everything'.

Illusionist X finished as the runner-up, commenting that he 'bowed before' Colin, while fellow magician Ben Hart came in third.

The final saw the remaining 11 acts - as well as a wildcard chosen by the judges - competing for a cash prize of £250,000 and an opportunity to appear in front of royalty and a TV audience of millions at the Royal Variety Performance.

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

The acts were chosen from the semi-finals, which aired over the last week, and saw the show's contestants battle it out for the glory of first place.

Heroic police dog Finn and his owner Dave Wardel won the Monday semi final, with the judges choosing Flakefleet Primary School as a runner up.

Tuesday saw 4MG - the four magicians from Kent - win their spot in the final, with Victoria-Wood-style comedy singer Siobhan Phillips taking the second spot.

Colin won Wednesday's episode, with Simon's golden buzzer act Kojo Anim also making his way to the final.

Ben Hart made it through on Thursday, followed by singer Mark McMullan, and Friday saw the mysterious X - now unmasked as one of the show's previous contestants, Marc Spelmann - get sent through, as well as escapologist and daredevil Jonathan Goodwin.

The wildcard came in the form of 11-year-old dancing duo Libby and Charlie - the lucky act picked by the judges to perform in the BGT final.

The young dancers from Manchester and Liverpool lost out in the public vote, but both Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden backed them - with the other two backing Jonathan Goodwin, leading them to be awarded the wildcard.

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Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into the world of music. Quickly realising that you can't pay your bills with guestlist, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]

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