Singer Colin Thackery has been crowned the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2019, taking home a £250,000 grand prize and a spot on the Royal Variety Performance.
The 89-year-old war veteran was the oldest contestant to ever compete on the talent competition and now is the oldest winner in the 13-year history of the show.
For his final performance, Thackery was joined on stage by his other Chelsea pensioners in an emotional last chance at the top prize. The 89-year-old won the hearts of the public after several tearful songs, with his first audition dedicated to his wife.
Sunday’s grand final saw the top 12 acts return to the stage to perform one final time. After all the acts took the stage, the voting lines opened for the public to crown a winner.
Following a guest performance from Susan Boyle and Diversity, hosts Ant and Dec returned with the big result. They revealed Colin, Ben Hart and X were the top three. It was then announced that Ben Hart had finished third.
That left Colin and X, with Ant and Dec revealed Colin as the winner.
“I don’t know what to say,” Colin said after his win. “I’m stuck for words, for a change.”
Magician X, revealed to be Marc Spelmann from last year’s series, was second. He said he was happy to be second place to Colin.
“To come second to someone like Colin, who has given his life for us.. I bow to him,” he said.
Final Voting Figures
Colin Thackery – 25.3% – WINNER
X – 17.8%
Ben Hart – 10.2%
Britain’s Got Talent returns later this year for a Champions edition on ITV.