Britain’s Got Talent is the nation’s most loved talent show. The acts on the show range from the whacky to the wonderous, with many of the winners and runners-up going on to have illustrious careers. Below is a list of some of the best-known BGT champions with a rundown of what they’re up to today.
The first BGT winner in 2007 set the bar extremely high for the remaining seasons. Paul Potts blew away the judges with his opera singing. A phone salesman and former Bristol City Councillor by trade, the then 36 year-old rose to glory after winning with his stirring rendition of Nessun Dorma.
After winning the first season Paul went on to have an illustrious career, touring around the world and releasing his own album, One Chance. More recently he has taken roles in opera companies at Chiswick House and at Hungary’s Szeged Open Air Festival. In 2022 Paul performed on The Masked Singer as a Koala. He was eliminated after the third show.
In 2008 George Sampson won the second series of Britain’s Got Talent with his extraordinary street dancing. His routine to Singin’ in the Rain proved the show’s dedication to allowing a variety of talented acts to shine through.
After winning, the teenager would go on to perform routines all over the country, even performing in South Korea. He released his own single and did a number of TV appearances, either as himself or as original characters. In recent years he has continued to be on TV as a recurring character on Emmerdale, and most recently in the musical film Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
The dark horse who made headlines around the world, Susan Boyle went from an ordinary Scottish woman to a household name overnight. Her audition in 2009 garnered millions of views on YouTube and despite not being the season’s winner, she went on to fulfill her dream of being a singer like her hero Elaine Paige.
Since competing in BGT she has toured continually around the world and released her own music in both physical and digital formats. Her latest performance includes singing at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony.
The winner of the 2009 series of BGT, Diversity, wowed the judges and the nation with their electrifying routine. Judge Amanda Holden was even quoted as saying “Just when I think I’ve seen it all, you came on.”
From there, the tours followed, with many members becoming solo successes. Their recent work pre-pandemic included performing on Britain’s Got Talent – The Champions as well as cruise ship tours.
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