Britain’s Got Talent continues tonight (Saturday, May 25) on ITV with the final round of audition. In the next week, 40 successful acts will perform in front of judges Alesha Dixon, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, and David Walliams for a place in the BGT final. The winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2019 will join a long list of former champions who got to perform in front of the Royal Family at the Royal Variety Performance.
Full list of Britain’s Got Talent Winners
Series One – Paul Potts
In 2007, Paul Potts was crowned the first ever winner of Britain’s Got Talent.
He went on to release his album One Chance that went to number one in 13 countries.
Series Two – George Sampson
In 2008, breakdancer George Sampson won the second series of Britain’s Got Talent.
His final performance to Mint Royale’s remix of Singin’ in the Rain was so popular, the song became number one.
Since BGT, Sampson has embarked on an acting career, playing Kyle Sack in BBC’s Waterloo Road and Gary in Mount Pleasant.
Series Three – Diversity
The year 2009 was the year of Susan Boyle and Diversity.
Dance-troupe Diversity went onto win the competition and have since had UK wide tours and appeared on numerous TV shows.
Ashley Banjo from Diversity has since gone onto appear on television as a judge on ITV’s Dancing on Ice and the host of the BBC’s The Greatest Dancer.
Series Four – Spellbound
Gymnastics and illusions group, Spellbound won Britain’s Got Talent 2010.
Alongside performing in at the Royal Variety Performance, they also performed at London Olympics closing ceremony in 2012.
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Series Five – Jai McDowell
Jai McDowell won series five of Britain’s Got Talent in 2011.
The Scottish singer sang Evanescence’s ‘Bring Me to Life’ which saw him beat young singer Ronan Parke in the final.
Series Six – Ashley and Pudsey
Ashley Butler and her dog Pudsey won Britain’s Got Talent in 2012.
David Williams went on to voice Pudsey in the movie Pudsey the Dog: The Movie.
Sadly in 2017, Ashley announced that Pudsey passed away.
Series Seven – Attraction
Hungarian performance group Attraction won Britain’s Got Talent in 2013.
Since then, they have gone on tour around the world performing their incredible shadow routines.
Series Eight – Collabro
Classical group Collabro were the first ever group to win Britain’s Got Talent in 2014.
Since then, Collabro has released three albums and performed in front of sold-out crowds.
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Series Nine – Jules O’Dwyer & Matisse
For a second time, a dog act won Britain’s Got Talent in 2014.
However, the winner was controversial after it was revealed that two dogs were used in the performance instead of one.
Viewers were led to believe that O’Dwyer’s dog, Matisse, had walked on a tightrope during their performance.
However, it was later revealed that it was not Matisse on the tightrope, it was her other dog Chase who also took part in the performance.
After 1,000 complaints an Ofcom investigation ruled that viewers had been misled.
Series 10 – Richard Jones
In 2016, Richard Jones became the first magician to win Britain Got Talent.
He won the British public over with his traditional card trick, inspired by his grandfather who fought in World War Two.
At the end of his performance, the curtain fell and his Grandad was on the stage.
Jones has gone on to tour across the UK with his act and even had his own show called Operation Magic.
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Season 11 – Tokio Myers
Musician and pianist Tokio Myers won Britain’s Got Talent in 2017.
Since then, Myers has released an album called Our Generation
Season 12 – Lost Voice Guy
Comedian Lee Ridley won Britain’s Got Talent in 2018.
Ridley performs with a speech synthesiser after being diagnosed with cereal palsy from a young age.
He has gone on to star in and write the second series of Radio 4’s Ability.
Britain’s Got Talent continues tonight on ITV at 8:00pm.
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