Undated ITV handout photo of Britain’s Got Talent judges (left-right) David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell on the first day of the auditions at the London Palladium, for a brand-new series of Britain’s Got Talent, which will return to our screens in spring, on ITV. (Guy Levy/ITV)
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Comedian Axel Blake has said “words can’t even explain” his emotions after being crowned the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2022.
The 33-year-old property maintenance manager from west London, who was Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer choice, has scooped the £250,000 prize, as well as a spot on the bill at the Royal Variety Performance.
Ventriloquist Jamie Leahey and his puppet Chuck the chicken came in second, while singer Tom Ball took third place.
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Speaking following his win, Blake said: “Words can’t even explain. I am shaking. Thank you everyone for voting for me. It means the world to me.”
The comedian delivered another witty comedy routine during the talent competition’s final, including joking that he had heard a member of the public mistaking him for the rapper Stormzy, but with added weight.
He also joked about how the intensity of cyclists in London made him have to give up the sport, but that he still keeps up his dance moves, which he demonstrated on stage.
Cowell said that he was emotional for Blake following the routine, adding: “I really believe that we have discovered a star.”
David Walliams added that this was a “winning performance” and that he believed he would “storm” at the Royal Variety Performance.
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Also among the finalists was rapper and pianist duo Flintz and T4ylor who delivered a moving original song about their journey of connecting on social media and getting to the final of the talent show.
The rapper Flintz, 22, was offered words of support from the judges after he got emotional and lost his lyrics momentarily.
Alesha Dixon, who awarded the act her golden buzzer during the audition round, told him that what they had achieved in the show will outweigh any mistake he made during the performance.
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Singer Loren Allred also battled for the crown with a powerful rendition of an original song that she wrote after her audition, titled Last Thing I’ll Ever Need.
The 32-year-old from New York, who was the voice behind the track Never Enough from The Greatest Showman, was praised by Holden for breaking away from what she is known for and showing her “heart and soul” in the performance.
Comedian Eva Abley, 14, who has cerebral palsy, kept the crowd laughing with her stand-up routine where she joked she had been sacked as Boris Johnson’s hairdresser as she was apparently “too good”.
She added that she was now Cowell’s hairdresser, noting that his parties featuring Champagne and caviar were “way better” than the Prime Minister’s “cheese and wine” affairs.
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The show also saw Amber and The Dancing Collies make a strong comeback after they were chosen by the judges to return as the “wildcard act” out of all the third place acts who did not make it from the semi-finals.
The dog trainer from the Netherlands and her canine sidekick Nymeria delivered a Grease-themed routine which only featured one dog this time after Cowell said that their semi-final performance with two dogs was too much.
5 Star Boys also delivered an emotional contemporary dance routine to David Bowie’s Heroes.
The group of boys, aged between 10 and 12 from across the UK, performed synchronised backflips, splits and leaps as smoke pooled across the stage and glitter rained down.
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