Musician Tokio Myers was crowned the winner of this year's Britain's Got Talent after a tense and competitive live final.
Tokio Myers was crowned the winner of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent after an entertaining but competitive live final.
The 32-year-old pianist, from London, was the last act to perform in tonight’s final, but his rendition of Rag and Bone Man’s Human was described as the performance of the night.
After learning he had won the competition Tokio dropped to the floor and expressed his disbelief. The musician will perform at this year’s Royal Variety Performance and will also take home £250,000.
The final show featured a wide range of acts from a multitude of ages, backgrounds and personalities.
Long-time friends Henry and Malcolm from Doncaster, also known as The Pensionalities, kicked off tonight’s final with a rendition of Rufus Wainwright’s When You’re Smiling.
Simon Cowell praised the pair for bringing a “sense of fun” to the competition, and thanked them for applying for the show.
Mersey Girls were the next act to perform. It was an emotional routine for lead dancer Julia Carlile, who revealed it could be her last dance before she undergoes surgery to treat scoliosis.
The judges praised the teens for their determination, their passion and their emotive song choices.
Fifteen-year-old Kyle Tomlinson impressed the judges with his rendition of Taylor Swift’s ballad A Thousand Years.
Kyle was devastated in 2014 when he first auditioned for BGT and was advised judge by David Walliams to get singing lessons.
Pint-sized comedian Ned Woodman was next to perform. The eight-year-old had the audience in stitches with his joke about Ant and Dec’s height.
He said: “I want to thank Ant and Dec for spending so much money on voting me through to the next round. The lengths some people go to to look taller.”
Mind-reading double act DNA described how their dreams had become reality after they were voted into the BGT final.
The pair left the judges and audience speechless after they revealed their eery method of influencing the way people think, but there was a slight slip up when they wrote a number down wrong, and Simon was critical of the big reveal at the end of the act.
Simon said: “What you do is honestly incredible. But what you were doing at the end, I found it very complicated.”
Comedic magician Matt Edwards received a standing ovation from the audience after revealing his mind-reading trick, which saw him reveal a picture of Ant and Dec.
Matt sailed through to the semi-finals after Ant and Dec sensationally ran over to the judges’ table and hit the golden buzzer after his first audition.
After Matt finished his final performance, Ant and Dec took the opportunity to tell him how proud they were of him.
The Missing People Choir were the next act to perform, singing an emotional song as a tribute to their missing loved ones.
The performance left judge Amanda Holden in tears, and all judges praised the choir for their bravery.
Wildcard Sarah Ikumu, who was given a place in the final by the judges after she didn’t make it through in this week’s semi finals, put on a roaring performance, with David calling her the “one to watch”.
Malawian comedian Daliso Chaponda, who was Amanda Holden’s golden buzzer act, had the audience in stitches with his borderline offensive jokes, which play on racial stereotypes.
Simon praised Daliso, naming him as the funniest comedian the show has ever had.
Mini magician Izzy Simpson enlisted the help of her younger brother to perform a mind-reading card trick with a spooky twist.
The judges praised little Izzy for her talent and motivation, and Simon called on Izzy’s favourite author JK Rowling to allow Izzy to feature in her next film.