Richard Jones Wins ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ 2016
Richard Jones was crowned winner of this season of Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday night.
Richard Jones Wins Britain’s Got Talent 2016
Jones, the military magician, put on a show for the audience and judges with weeks of incredible magic tricks that culminated in the finale.
“It’s been an amazing experience to spend time with such talented people,” Jones said after thanking his friends and family for voting for him, while the other standing contestants surrounded him in celebration.
Singer Wayne Woodward came in second place, and Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer act Boogie Storm came in third.
The 25-year-old army magician earned the first place prize after amazing the judges with a magic trick that saw him narrate the touching story of the 97-year-old war veteran who first inspired him to take up magic.
Jones bought the audience to tears with the veteran’s life story, as he performed the trick using a unique deck of cards. Jones managed to bring a ripped and burned card signed by judge Amanda Holden back to life.
Jones carried the trick through the backdrop of a Union Jack flag, and he shocked everyone when the flag whisked away to reveal the Second World War veteran himself, Fergus Anckorn.
Anckorn, who was held as a prisoner-of-war as a young man, was named ‘the conjuror of the River Kwai’ as his passion for magic helped him survive the horrors of the Burma railway.
Judge Alesha Dixon couldn’t help but express how moved she was by Jones’ performance.
“Oh my goodness, Richard. That was so incredible, poignant, noble, brilliantly British. I just loved everything about that,” she praised.