After weeks of auditions, five semi-finals and one epic final, we now have our winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2017!
The show kicked off in style with dancing showgirls, circus hoops and David in a feathery headdress.
Ant & Dec then revealed the judges’ wildcard was Simon’s golden buzzer act Sarah Ikumu.
The Personalities were the first act to perform. They brought a smile to our faces on Thursday with their rendition of One Direction’s History, and tonight they brought more joy to the nation with take of Morecambe & Wise’s When You’re Smiling, receiving a standing ovation from the audiences and the judges.
Alesha’s golden buzzer act MerseyGirls were the second act of the night. Thursday’s semi-final saw them give a moving performance to Andra Day’s Rise Up, and tonight they brought us a up tempo routine to Ella Eyre’s Together.
Kyle Tomlinson, who is David’s golden buzzer act, took to the stage with a haunting rendition of A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. He was the runner-up on Monday’s semi-final after wowing with his take of Adele’s When We Were Young.
Cheeky chappy and the most savage comedian Ned Woodman, who was the runner-up on Wednesday, took to the stage next, taking the mickey out of everyone from the judges to Ant & Dec, Sharon Osbourne to Gary Barlow and One Direction.
Monday’s winners DNA took the stage with another mind-reading trick. During the complicated routine, when it came down to which page number of a book David was on in his own book, it all went a bit wrong. As David revealed the number as 31, Darren gave a nervous smile and revealed he had wrote 81.
The third golden buzzer act of the night, Matt Edward, took to the stage with another wacky performance, before Missing People’s Choir brought the tears to our eyes with an moving rendition of With You from the musical Ghost.
The judges’ wildcard and Simon’s golden buzzer Sarah Ikumu returned to the show with a rendition of Andra Day’s Rise Up, which we saw MerseyGirls dance to earlier in the week.
The final golden buzzer of the night and the winner of Friday’s semi-final, Daliso Chaponda took to the stage with another rib-tickling performance, before child magician Issy Simpson dedicated her performance to her younger brother Dexter.
Closing the final was pianist Tokio Myers, who gave another breathtaking performance, involving tracks old and new, like Rag N Bone Man’s Human.
It was then time for tonight’s guest performance, which came from Britain’s Got Talent royalty Diversity, who returned to the show with an exclusive performance created for the show. To make their performance even better, the lads recruited a troop of ‘mini mes’ to help them out. Reminiscent of member Perri Kiely’s first appearance on the show as a little boy, a group of tiny dancers joined Diversity on stage to give an amazing performance. And what’s more, while chatting to Ant and Dec after their performance, Ashley announced that they’re looking to recruit more young dancers. Ashley joked that he was getting too old to continue in the group, as he struggled to catch his breath after their dance was over. He tweeted after the show: “And make sure you register now at http://www.20dv.co.uk for our online dance classes and other exclusives # Diversity #NextGeneration”
We were then treated to a look back across the series, including the good, the bad and the outright bizarre.
When it came to the results, Ant and Dec revealed the finishing order in reverse.
11th – DNA
10th – Ned Woodman
9th – MerseyGirls
8th – Missing People Choir
7th – Sarah Ikumu
6th – Kyle Tomlinson
5th – Pensionalities
4th – Matt Edwards.
With the top three revealed as Daliso Chaponda, Tokio Myers and Issy Simpson. Third place went to Daliso, leaving Tokio and Issy fighting for the win.
Judge Simon Cowell said: “As a talent, as a person, Tokio right now, this was the most important thing for him, I’m thrilled for him.” The 32-year-old won £250,000 in prize money and an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance.
ITV moved the final of the show forward by a day to avoid a clash with Ariana Grande’s benefit concert for the Manchester bombing victims on Sunday.
Myers had previously supported artists such rapper Kanye West.