Britain’s Got Talent is now in its 14th season and we have seen some tremendous talents over the years. Of course, each season could only have one winner and we want to give you the inside scoop about what each winner is up to now. Check out the What’s Hot Video below where we take a deep dive into the lives of each of the winners.
Where Are All Of The Winners Of ‘BGT’ Now?
Some winners may be a bit more successful than others, and some may have faced controversy throughout their careers. Regardless, winning ‘BGT’ and the £250,000 prize along with a slot to perform at The Royal Variety Show.
Season 1 Winner: Opera Singer Paul Potts
Opera Singer Paul Potts won season one of the show in 2007. He beat out the favorite to win the competition, Connie Talbot. His audition garnered millions of views on YouTube and he was invited to the Oprah Winfrey show to talk about going viral. He charted at number one with his first album on the UK Album Chart in 2007 with “One Chance.” Has performed all over the world including two appearances on the Korean talent show called Star King. Paul’s story made him such an inspiration that he was the subject behind the film One Chance.
He was played by James Corden and the movie details how he went through years of bullying and sexual abuse to finding his voice through an interest in opera music. In 2016 he took on two full-time opera roles for the first time in his career and won an episode of the South Korean television competition Immortal Songs: Singing The Legend. Paul competed on ‘AGT: The Champions’ delivering a stunning tribute to late America’s Got Talent Winner Neal E. Boyd whom he went on tour with in the past. He made it all the way to the final 12. He also has put out six more albums throughout his career.
Season 2 Winner: Dancer George Sampson
Dancer George Sampson won season two of the show in 2008 when he was just 14 years old. He tried out for the first season and although he got three yes’s in the audition round, he failed to advance to the live shows. He came back the following year and proved everyone wrong. Simon Cowell became a huge fan of George throughout the competition, and when he won, it was obvious the pair were going to work together. In a collaboration between Syco Music and Bebo, a show called Follow My Lead was produced to follow the life of George including rehearsals, dance tutorials and behind the scenes footage of events.
Simon wanted George to do even more, getting him into the world of singing and acting which led to tons of appearances but the pair ended their professional relationship in 2009. He also appeared on Star King much like Paul Potts. He suffered a really bad back injury that doctors said would end his dance career but he persevered. While recovering, he took on larger acting roles on shows like Emmerdale and Waterloo Road. George went on Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions and gave a stunning performance showing him throughout all stages of his dance career but failed to advance to the finals.
Season 3 ‘BGT’ Winner: Dance Group Diversity
Dance group Diversity won season three in 2009. They shocked the world when they beat out fan-favorite Susan Boyle to win the show. They have gone on 15 tours worldwide due to their popularity, but the main thing they have conquered since ‘BGT’ is the world of reality television with shows like Jordan and Perri’s Ultimate Block Party, Ashley Banjo’s Big Town Dance, Can’t Touch This, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here and Celebs Go Dating.
And Ashley went on to judge the show Dancing On Ice. The group members of Diversity have changed over the years after growing up and pursuing their own business ventures. In 2017 former member Robert Anker died in a car accident. Ashley also recently filled in for Simon on the ‘BGT’ judging panel after his electric bike accident.
Season 4 Winner: Gymnastics Group Spelbound
Acrobatic gymnastics group Spellbound won season four in 2010. While the group did a few public performances after their Britain’s Got Talent win, a few of them broke apart from the group to pursue their solo gymnastics careers. Some of them retired from the sport completely and others went on to become coaches and even star in other productions. The remaining group members performed at the Olympics in 2012. Members Elise Matthews, Georgia Lancaster and Millie Spalding have won three consecutive world championships as a trio in acrobatic gymnastics but they have since retired after winning gold. Their coach Neil Griffiths, was arrested on suspicions of cruelty to young gymnasts in 2015.
Season 5 Winner: Singer Jai McDowall
Jai McDowall won season five of Britain’s Got Talent in 2011. He first auditioned for The X Factor but failed to make it to the live shows, and decided to try to showcase his singing on ‘BGT.’ Though Simon criticized his final performance of a Josh Groban hit on the show, he was signed to Syco after winning. And, Josh Groban got wind of this and invited Jai to perform with him at his concert.
He returned to ‘BGT: The Champions’ but did not make it to the finals. Since winning the show in 2011, Jai publicly criticzed Simon for the lack of support trying to launch his music career. Simon apologized and admitted that he should’ve did more to help Jai’s career grow.
Season 6 ‘BGT’ Winner: Dog Act Ashleigh And Pudsey
Ashleigh and Pudsey Season six in 2012. They were the first dog act to ever win the show. Simon called Pudsey “one of the best dancing dogs I’ve ever seen.” In 2012, they were guest judges on a show called Top Dog Model. Pudsey made her movie debut in David Walliams’ TV Adaption of the children’s book “Mr. Stink.” In 2013, Simon produced Pudsey: The Movie. Pudsey was voiced by David Walliams. Ashleigh and Pudsey also became presenters of the show Who Let The Dogs Out? In 2017, Pudsey passed away at the age of 11. Ashleigh returned to ‘BGT: The Champions’ with a new puppy named Sully. They were eliminated in the preliminaries.
Season 7 Winner: Shadow Theater Group Attraction
Attraction won Season seven of the show in 2013. This Hungarian shadow theater group was the first foreign act to win ‘BGT.’ They did a CCTV performance for Chinese New Years for over one billion people after winning the show. They have toured with their show “Let Love Win” all over the world to sold-out theaters. Attraction also competed on Germany’s Got Talent and placed seventh overall. They competed on ‘AGT: The Champions’ where they were eliminated in the preliminaries.
Season 8 Winner: Music Group Collabro
Musical group Collabro won Season eight in 2014. They had only been together for a month when they auditioned for the show. They were signed to Syco Music and their first album “Stars” debuted at number one on the UK Albums chart. They put out another album after signing with Sony Masterworks which debuted at No. 2. One of the group members Richard Hadfield left the group in 2016 after reportedly being unhappy for a long time along with feeling “isolated.” The remaining group members went on to compete on ‘BGT: The Champions’ and were eliminated in the preliminaries. They also made their way to ‘AGT: The Champions’ but suffered the same fate.
Season 9 Winner: Dog Act Jules O’Dwyer & Matisse
Dog act Jules O’Dwyer & Matisse won season nine in 2015. They were the second dog act to win the show. There was a bit of controversy after they won because it was revealed that Jules switched out Matisse for another dog in one of her tightrope tricks. She never disclosed that Matisse was not the one to perform the trick, so people felt a bit cheated. Jules was receiving death threats for this stunt. This prompted her to change the name of her act to Jules, Matisse & Friends. She has since moved to Belgium with her dogs.
Season 10 Winner: Magician Richard Jones
Magician Richard Jones won Season 10 in 2016. He was formerly in the military. He went on a couple of tours with his magic, all while still remaining in the army. He returned to ‘BGT: The Champions’ where he failed to advance to the final. People were outraged that David Walliams failed to give Richard his Golden Buzzer and blamed him for the elimination.
Season 11 Winner: Pianist Tokio Myers
Pianist Tokio Myers won season 11 in 2017. Tokio was dedicated to raising money for Grenfell Tower fire victims after his win, so he co-produced a charity single to raise money for the cause. His debut album “Our Generation” was released in 2017. He went on ‘AGT: The Champions’ but failed to advance to the final, but did return to the finale to perform with Voices Of Hope Children’s Choir.
Season 12 Winner: Comedian Lost Voice Guy
Comedian Lost Voice Guy won season 12 in 2018. Lee Ridley has a neurological form of cerebral palsy making him unable to communicate verbally. He uses a communication aid to express his thoughts in his comedy routines. After winning Britain’s Got Talent, he performed on the show Live at the Apollo. He toured around Europe before heading to compete on America’s Got Talent: The Champions. Unfortunately, he was up against some stiff competition and was eliminated in the preliminaries.
Lost Voice Guy also competed on Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions but did not advance past the first round. He also released a book called “I’m Only In It For The Parking” and began a touring show of the same name. Most recently, he launched a campaign to help save live comedy amid the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative is to help venues and comedians who are struggling make money so they do not have to lose out on business.
Season 13 Winner: Singer Colin Thackery
Singer and Korean War veteran Colin Thackery won season 13 in 2019. He was 89 years old at the time of his win, and now 90. He is best known for delivering tributes to his late wife. He appeared on ‘BGT: The Champions’ immediately after his win in the midst of recording his album “Love Changes Everything.” He also released an autobiography.
‘BGT: Champions’ Winner: Dance Duo Twist And Pulse
Dance duo Twist and Pulse won the only season of ‘BGT: The Champions.’ They were first runners up of the fourth season of ‘BGT’ but came back to be crowned the champion of champions. They received Alesha Dixon’s golden buzzer. They have done quite a few talk show performances and released their own single called “Jump.”
Which Britain’s Got Talent winner has been your favorite so far?