Simon Cowell leaves Britain's Got Talent fans 'disappointed' after 'naming' 2024 winner

Simon Cowell
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After a stunning performance on Britain's Got Talent, magician Jack Rhodes received high praise from none other than Simon Cowell, who pegged him as the favourite to clinch the crown. Despite the judges' awe of his comedy-magic act, social media told a different story with a mixed bag of reactions.

The 26-year-old was taken aback when Simon said: "I think you, right now, are the favourite to win the entire competition - it was that good. You really are one in a million. That was jaw-dropping."

When asked by Ant and Dec about Simon's comments, Jack quipped: "No pressure eh? " and confessed: "My head's gone. I'm used to making videos in my garage. I'm a weird hermit crab. I'm not used to this at all."

Jack Rhodes
Jack Rhodes performed a magic act - which Simon described as "jaw-dropping" -Credit:No credit

Not everyone at home echoed Simon's admiration. One viewer grumbled: "I was looking forward to Jack Rhodes but I was very disappointed. The explosion seemed delayed so he clearly ran to get behind that TV. Just felt disappointed".

Another chimed in with: "Oh Jack's finished, I nearly fell asleep," while a third tweeted: "Sorry Jack the magician that was poor...tunnels under the stage obviously," reports the Mirror.

Amidst the wide range of opinions, there were fans who thoroughly enjoyed Jack's performance. A supporter gushed: "Jack Rhodes is a clever guy, he's funny and can work a crowd. A natural and I hope this lad wins tonight and I think he could win the event."

Another added: "Solid magic act with plenty of comedy thrown in. Funnier than some of the winners we've had in fact."

Speaking to OK! in an exclusive chat, Jack couldn't help but share his plans to post a little thank you to the presenters for cheering him on during his audition. "It's great, I've got three dads now," he chuckled.

Britain's Got Talent star Jack Rhodes performed in Tuesday's semi-final
Britain's Got Talent star Jack Rhodes performed in Tuesday's semi-final -Credit:Dymond/Thames/REX/Shutterstock

"I don't know what to do with them all Father's Day is getting expensive with all the cards. I will be getting each one of them a card this year."

Even though his dad might not make it to the audience again, Jack's family and friends will be glued to their screens at home, and his wife will be right there in the crowd. "She will be there and probably more nervous than me," he confessed.

His cheer squad includes pals from his old gig as a nuclear engineer in Lancashire, which he quit in January to chase his dream of performing magic. "I got a text in the group work chat saying 'the funniest thing about your act is when you claim to be a nuclear engineer! ' I used to spend all dinner times doing tricks for people in the office, and we'd have Magic Wednesdays where I'd do a little bit of a show, they were always supportive of me," he reminisced.

The magician, who teases that his semi-final act is "unlike anything that has been done before, it's brand new and I'm super excited, and it's also probably the most difficult thing I have done" bravely walked away from the stability of his engineering job to take a shot at Britain's Got Talent fame.

Britain's Got Talent continues on Wednesday at 8pm on ITV1 and ITVX.