Susan Boyle lands top spot in poll of best Britain's Got Talent moments

Susan Boyle has finally beat dance group Diversity, 13 years after the troupe claimed victory during the third season of Britain's Got Talent.

As British households gear up for the return of TV's longest-running talent competition, now in its 15th season, a list of the most iconic moments from the show's history has been released with Susan's shock note-perfect performance topping the poll.

The unassuming Scottish soprano appeared on screens in April 2009 to sneers from head judge Simon Cowell. Jaws soon hit the floor when she began singing I Dreamed a Dream, and her rendition of the Les Miserables anthem went viral - making her an unlikely superstar.

Susan's epic entry into the nation's hearts was named as the most iconic moment by 71 per cent of the 2,000 Brits polled, putting her in front of Ashley Banjo's dance group, who garnered 60 per cent of fans' votes.

The Golden Moments poll of Britain's Got Talent's best-loved performances was commissioned by show sponsor McVitie's ahead of the start of the new season this Saturday.

Dancing father and son double act Stavros Flatley were third with 56 per cent, dog trainer Ashleigh Jade Butler and her pooch Pudsey's paw-perfect prancing to the BC-52's (Meet) The Flintstones was named by 50 per cent of the survey group and first season winner Paul Potts drew in 47 per cent of the votes to land him the fifth spot.

Street dancer George Sampson, disabled comedian Lost Voice Guy, dance duo Twist and Pulse, Chelsea Pensioner Colin Thackery and illusionist Darcy Oake make up the top 10.

After a two-year Covid-19 enforced hiatus, the Saturday night staple is back and bigger than ever; Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams will once again occupy the judging panel seats, while Ant and Dec steer the show.

David Titman, McVitie's UK&I Marketing Director, said: "For over 15 years, Britain's Got Talent has created amazing moments of joy, surprise and shock across the nation."

The new season of Britain's Got Talent gets underway on Saturday 16 April 2022 at 8pm.

Top 10 most iconic moments of Britain's Got Talent as voted for by the British public are:

1. Susan Boyle, I Dreamed a Dream

2. Diversity's initial audition

3. Stavros Flatley's initial audition

4. Ashleigh and Pudsey's dance to The Flintstones

5. Paul Potts singing Nessun Dorma

6. George Sampson, dancing in the rain

7. Lost Voice Guy's unique comedy routine

8. Twist and Pulse bring the energy and the power in their performance

9. Colin Thackery's rendition of Wind Beneath My Wings

10. Darcy Oake's dove audition