Britain's Got Talent fans elated as Sydnie Christmas crowned 2024 winner in emotional final

Singer Sydnie Christmas burst into floods of tears as she was crowned winner of Britain's Got Talent 2024 in tonight's live final (Sunday, 2 June). They will now go on to perform in front of members of the Royal Family at the Royal Variety Performance on Friday, 22 November, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. And that’s not the only prize - they also walk away with a huge £250,000 prize pot.

"I don't know what to say," she told Declan Donnelly after the announcement. "I cannot believe the amount of love I've felt. I am overwhelmed with love and it’s the most amazing thing and I wish every person in this room feels the way I do with this love, it’s amazing, thank you so much.”

The young singer's earlier rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow left head judge Simon Cowell feeling "very emotional". Speaking after her performance, he said: "“That was really something special, that lyric felt so personal to you about what you must have wanted over the years with a god-given talent like that and for whatever reason you’ve been ignored.

“I actually felt very emotional.”

Sydnie Christmas was crowned winner
Sydnie Christmas was crowned winner -Credit:ITV

Amanda Holden also love it, and was drowned out by thunderous applause as she said: “I know how long you have waited for this moment, it was utterly spellbinding and perfect in every way. It was just gold dust.”

While there could only be one winner, tonight’s audiences enjoyed performances from Alex Mitchell, Abigail & Afronitaaa, Haribow, Jack Rhodes, Trixy, Northants Sing Out, Sydnie Christmas, Mike Woodhams, Innocent Masuku, The Ssaulabi Performance Troupe and The Trickstars take to the stage.

As well an emotional crowning, there was another poignant moment during the live performances when contestant Alex Mitchell - who finished in eighth place - paused the show to a heartfelt pause to honour rugby legend Rob Burrow, who died after a five-year battle with Motor Neurone Disease. His death was announced by his former team, Leeds Rhinos, and tributes flooded in - including an emotional message from Prince William.

After weeks of waiting, the 2024 BGT winner has been revealed
After weeks of waiting, the 2024 BGT winner has been revealed -Credit:Thames/Dymond/REX/Shutterstock

Winning over everyone with his stand-up comedy that cleverly incorporated his tics, Alex touched the audience further with his tribute, saying: "About an hour ago before I came on stage I got the sad news and it'd be remiss of me not to mention it. I know they won't be watching but to the family of Rob Burrow he is a hero.

Besides wowing viewers at home, the finalists also impressed judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Toniolo - who joined the show’s judging panel last year. Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly also returned, with Ant making his return to TV following the birth of his son Wilder last month.

Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Toniolo
The acts impressed judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Toniolo -Credit:ITV

As the new dad took to presenting duties, judge Simon sent his congratulations as he told Ant: “By the way, can I just say congratulations to you, Ant? Truly, I really am happy for you.” In response Ant replied: “Thank you, I know you are. And thank you for you lovely gift.”

Following the 48 year old’s return, fans took to social media to express their joy at seeing Ant on their TV screens once again. “Simon congratulating ant becoming a dad and the birth of his baby boy and he’s happy for him #BGT #Britainsgottalent,” wrote one.

Ant McPartlin
Host Ant McPartlin made his return to TV after becoming a dad -Credit:ITV

“Ant's first time on live TV since the birth of his child and he's happier than ever #BGT,” another added. “Simon saying congrats to ant and him having the biggest smile my heart #bgt,” wrote a third.

With Ant’s wife Anne-Marie already being mum to two daughters from a previous relationship, Wilder is Ant's first little one and the pair welcomed him into the world on Tuesday, 14 May. Announcing the happy news on social media, Ant shared a black and white snap of himself cradling his newborn son alongside the heartfelt caption: “Welcome to the family. Wilder Patrick McPartlin. Born, 14/05/24 at 8.54 am. Baby is beautiful, Mummy’s a legend, Sisters are over the moon. Dad’s a mess.”