'Embarrassed' BGT winner Viggo Venn says it's 'not his fault' he won after being booed
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Britain’s Got Talent winner Viggo Venn has admitted he feels ‘embarrassed’ by his victory, but insists it’s ‘not his fault’ he won.
This year’s final saw dancer Lillianna and magician Cillian take on dancer Musa Motha, singer Amy Lou, comedian Viggo Venn, 11-year-old singer Olivia Lynes, dance and music troupe Ghetto Kids, Welsh singer Travis George, 13-year-old singer Malakai Bayoh and dance act Duo Odyssey for the top spot.
But it was eventually Norwegian comic Venn who was named winner, taking home the £250,000 prize money and a slot at the Royal Variety Performance.
The judges, studio audience and clearly the viewers who voted in from home, were blown away by Venn's performance.
However, not all of those watching at home were pleased with the result, with one branding the call ‘dreadful’.
Another said: "Well, that was a huge letdown, Lillianna was superb."
A third wrote: "Ridiculous it's Britain's Got Talent and Liliana was definitely the best by far. Yes he's quite funny but shouldn't have won!"
Even some booing could be heard from the studio audience.
Venn has now responded to the bizarre backlash in an interview on ITV’s Lorraine, insisting it’s ‘not his fault’ he won, pointing out that his victory was voted for by the public.
He even said he had hoped not to be named winner, as it would be ‘embarrassing’.
Introducing her guest, host Lorraine Kelly told her viewers to ‘expect the unexpected’.
Defending his win, he told her: "It's not my fault that I won, it's the British public.
"I was kind of hoping I didn't win because it would be so embarrassing but I was so happy.”
Kelly then added: "But we need a bit of fun. King Charles will like you, you need to get him to wear a vest he likes a bit of silly."
What’s more, the BGT judges had nothing but praise for the man who would become their series 16 champ.
Reviewing Venn’s performance, new judge Bruno Tonioli said: "I think your physical comedy is world-class, you have created one of the most memorable characters since Mr Bean."
Even Simon Cowell said: "At least you didn’t make me look stupid tonight. I have never ever met an act like you in my life, I will admit it, I really really love you now."