Norwegian comedian Viggo Venn has been crowned the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2023.
Dancer Lilliana Clifton, 13, and 14-year-old magician Cillian O’Connor placed in second and third respectively – but missed out on the title.
Venn’s high-vis inspired routine in the grand final won him the £250,000 prize, as well as a spot on the bill at the Royal Variety Performance.
The 33-year-old had the judges laughing when he forced judge Simon Cowell to wear a matching high-vis jacket as rose petals were thrown over the pair.
The audience were in raptures after the performance, chanting: “One more time,” in reference to his first audition on the show.
Alesha Dixon said: “You’ve captivated the nation, they love you,” while Bruno Tonioli said: “I think your physical comedy is world-class, you have created one of the most memorable characters since Mr Bean.”
Meanwhile Cowell said: “At least you didn’t make me look stupid tonight. I have never ever met an act like you in my life, I will admit it, I really really love you now.”
Our #BGT2023 WINNER is... VIGGO VENN!!
Congratulations, you have just won £250,000 and a spot on the bill at The Royal Variety Performance 🥳#BGT #BritainsGotTalent #BGTFinal @viggovenn pic.twitter.com/mIh2UL8u1J
— BGT (@BGT) June 4, 2023
When host Declan Donnelly asked why so many high-vis jackets, Venn said: “I wear so many high-vis because it’s really cold in Norway.”
The show also saw a surprise appearance by Susan Boyle singing her 2009 audition song I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables with the cast of the West End production.
The 62-year-old also joined the cast in performing a rendition of Do You Hear The People Sing?
After the performance, she said: “It feels great (to be here). It’s extra special for me, last April I suffered a minor stroke and I fought to be back on stage and I have done it.”
Judge Simon Cowell said: “Susan, we owe you so much, I knew you weren’t well but if anyone was going to come back, you were going to come back, it wouldn’t be the same without you.”