What Happened to the Britain's Got Talent Winners?

Posted 13/04/2016 by BrightHouse Team

The winner of Britain’s Got Talent earns a place in the Royal Variety Performance, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to show off their talent in front of the Queen or a member of the royal family. But what happens to them after that?

As the 10th series of Britain’s Got Talent gets underway, we take a look back at the past winners and find out where they are now.

Paul Potts (2007)

The winner of series one, Paul Potts blew everyone away with his powerful tenor voice. His first audition was a classic case of low expectations from the judges and audience based on his appearance and personality, but he soon had everyone on their feet. He triumphed at the final with Nessun Dorma, his audition piece, winning the £100,000 prize

Where are they now?

Potts released a very successful album, One Chance, reaching number one in nine countries. Another three albums followed with more limited success, but he still bagged himself £5million in the process. He even had a film made about his life starring James Corden. These days Paul Potts is still touring the world and delighting audiences with his singing.

George Sampson (2008)

This schoolboy street dancer returned from missing out on the semi-finals of series one to win series two. His Singin’ in the Rain routine, complete with actual downpour, won him the public vote during the final.

Where are they now?

Sampson made the first dance video with Simon Cowell’s Syco label, as well as signing deals with Natwest, appearing in the West End, releasing a single, and acting in a feature film. More recently he appeared in TV shows such as Waterloo Road, Mount Pleasant, and Casualty.

Diversity (2009)

Series three of Britain’s Got Talent produced the show’s most famous contestant, Susan Boyle, but many forget that she didn’t actually win. Following on from George Sampson, another streetdance act won the top spot in 2009, with breathtaking choreography, wit, and character from Diversity.

Where are they now?

The group did several successful tours following their win, as well as appearing on talk shows across the world. They also starred alongside George Sampson in Streedance 3D, and released their own fitness DVD called Diversity Dance Fitness Fusion. The group even carried the Olympic torch in the London 2012 torch relay, performed in the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games, and the opening of the 70th anniversary VE Day celebrations in London.

Spelbound (2010)

The half-naked acrobatic antics of Spelbound continued the trend of dancers taking the title, with plenty of leaping and jumping and taut six-packs for the audience and judges to enjoy.

Where are they now?

Because of the sport, acrobats have naturally shorter careers, but the group still featured in the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, as well as giving displays during the events. A couple of years of stage and TV appearances, and the release of a DVD, finally saw the group leave the limelight, with individuals going off to pursues solo careers. Several have gone on to win medals in acrobatic championships around the world.

Jai McDowall (2011)

Scottish singer-songwriter Jai McDowall was experienced at reality TV shows, having appeared on The X Factor and the American Idol Experience, which he won while on holiday. A support worker from Ayrshire, McDowall received heaps of praise from the judges and the audience, surprising bookies everywhere to when he won against Ronan Parke in the final.

Where are they now? 

McDowall was signed to Simon Cowell’s record label Syco after his win, but was dropped the very next year after disappointing sales of his debut album Believe. McDowall was reported as accusing Cowell as ‘anti-Scottish’, resulting in a public spat that did much more damage to McDowall in the end. He’s been churning out singles on his own in recent years, but none have made it to the charts.

Ashleigh and Pudsey (2012)

Another memorable year, 2012 saw the first non-human crowned as winner. Pudsey the dog and his owner Ashleigh Butler performed funny, clever routines to famous pieces of music, much to the delight of Simon Cowell. The pair won the show with a Mission Impossible routine.

Where are they now?

The pair continue to make appearances on stage and TV, including pantomime and dog training game shows. Pudsey even got his own major film, with David Walliams playing the voice of Pudsey, though sadly it wasn’t a box office success. Most recently, the pair appeared as Dorothy and Toto in production off the Wizard of Oz in Whitley Bay.

Attraction (2013)

This Hungarian shadow dance troupe won in 2013 with a very patriotic British-themed performance. (Anyone spot the deliberate mistake?) Their audition routine won over the crowd from the start of the competition, setting them up as the clear favourite for the title.

Where are they now?

Attraction were invited to create a special routine for China’s 2014 New Year Gala, and also have an ongoing contract with Swinton Insurance to create TV adverts. This year they did another royal performance for the birthday of Queen Margrethe of Denmark. They’ll also be appearing on Channel 4’s Comedy Gala.

Collabro (2014)

This unlikely looking group of lads produced a sound that no one expected at the start of their audition, with near-operatic musical theatre tones. They spent their time on the show belting out performances of famous show tunes such as Stars from Les Miserables, and Bring Him Home.

Where are they now? 

The lads released a debut album Stars two months after their win, which went straight to number one in the UK. Their second album, Act Two, was released in June last year, appropriately debuting at number two in the charts, featuring songs from teen-films such as Twilight and some more musical theatre numbers.

Jules O’Dwyer and Matisse (2015)

The comeback of the dog act, last year saw Matisse the border collie win with a theatrical routine involving some stolen sausages and a high wire act. Matisse and her owner Jules O’Dwyer had previously triumphed in Crufts in 2013, in the heelwork to music category.

Where are they now?  

The pair were hit with a minor scandal after it was revealed that the second part of their act involved a stunt dog, which outraged (really?) some fans of the show. However, O’Dywer’s £250,000 win will surely allow her to keep training many dogs for shows and competitions in the future.


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