Colin Thackery wins Britain’s Got Talent 2019 after emotional final

Colin Thackery has won Britain’s Got Talent 2019, becoming the oldest winner of the ITV series.

The singing Chelsea pensioner, 89, beat out stiff competition from second-placed illusionist X and magician Ben Hart, who came in third, to take home the ITV crown – thanks to his emotional performance of Love Changes Everything.

Dave and police dog Finn, Mark McMullan, Siobhan Phillips, Jonathan Goodwin, Libby and Charlie, 4MG, the Flakefleet Primary School choir also rounded out the ITV final, live at the Hammersmith Apollo on 2 June.

As well as the win, he was also handed £250,000 and a spot at the Royal Variety Show.

‘Absolutely astonished,’ he told hosts Ant and Dec. ‘It’s incredible, I don’t know what to say. I’m stuck for words for a change.

‘Thank you very much, all of you, all the backing I’ve had. It’s been wonderful.’

Colin previously revealed he would ‘die happy’ if he got to meet the Queen.


When asked how he felt that he would be performing for her at the Royal Variety Performance, he added: ‘That’s the job, that’s what I wanted it to be.’

Coin was crowned winner of Britain’s Got Talent following his performance of Love Changes Everything.

And it was a tear-jerking moment, to say the least.

Despite being the last contestant to perform on stage, David Walliams praised him for creating a ‘magical moment’ for the audience, branding him ‘unbeatable’.

While Simon told the singer he had his ‘utmost respect’.

The pensioner originally won his place in the live shows after delivering his rendition of Wind Beneath My Wings at his first audition, a song he dedicated to his late wife.

Afterwards David told him. ‘There is not a dry eye in the house.

‘It was just the most perfect tribute and you sang with such heart that it affected us deeply. It was beautiful.’

‘You are going to have a moment. It was sincere and it was real and you are what this show is all about so thank you,’ music mogul Simon added.

It was an emotional final as Susan Boyle returned to the BGT stage to perform with Michael Ball – a decade after the competition turned her into a worldwide superstar.

‘It feels very surreal,’ she told the hosts. ‘I’m at home on stage, nothing much has changed.’

And it was announced live on stage that SuBo would be back on our screens later in the year – competing on Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.

Will Colin be joining her?

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