Magician and Army bandsman, Richard Jones has been crowned the winner of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.
Jones won after beating the eleven other finalists in Saturday’s grand final to take home the prize money of £250,000 and the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance show.
The 25-year-old lance corporal impressed the judges and voting public with his military-themed act.
“I can’t believe it, thank you so much to everyone that voted – it’s been an incredible experience, it means the world to me,” he said.
BBC gathered that he is the first magician to win the talent show in its 10-year history.
Dressed in military attire, Jones’s act featured a card trick which told the story of Britain’s oldest living magician, Fergus Anckorn, and how he used magic to help him cope with being a prisoner of war in Singapore.
The act culminated in bringing the 97-year-old out on stage.
Receiving a standing ovation from the judges, Alesha Dixon described the performance as “poignant, noble and brilliantly British”.
In an interview with Britain’s Got More Talent after the main show, head judge Simon Cowell said he thought the public voted Jones the winner not just because of his skill as a magician.
“I think people rooted for him as a person,” he said. “His presentation, his whole performance was immaculate – it was very patriotic and heart-warming and he deserved to win.”
Fellow judge Amanda Holden added: “I’m absolutely delighted because when magic first started on Britain’s Got Talent it was rubbish and after 10 years he has done such a great job.”