Another year, another series of Britain’s Got Talent.
This year, 25 year old Lance Corporal Richard Jones has become the first ever magician to win the talent series, which offers the tantalising prize of £250,000 and a spot on the star-studded Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen.
Jones’ military-themed magic act, which told the story of the Britain’s oldest living magician, Fergus Anckhorn, clearly got the nod of approval from Head Judge Simon Cowell. The music mogul felt Jones was a well-deserved winner saying: ‘his presentation, his whole performance was immaculate – it was very patriotic and heart-warming and he deserved to win.’
Jones, the favourite according to most bookmakers, triumphed over 11 other acts – beating singer Wayne Woodward and Star Wars-inspired dance act, Boogie Storm. A clearly overwhelmed Jones afterwards thanked those who voted for him saying: ‘I can’t believe it, thank you so much to everyone that voted – it’s been an incredible experience, it means the world to me.’
The show celebrated it’s ten year anniversary with a medley act choreographed by Diversity dance star Ashley Banjo, which featured the likes of past acts Stavros Flatley, George Sampson and Jamie Raven amongst others to provide a dramatic start to the show. During the interval segment, The X Factor 2015 winner Louisa Johnson performed her new single ‘Clean’.
Watch the winner’s final performance in the video below.