Britain's Got Talent: Chelsea Pensioner Colin Thackery 'to get record deal'

·TV Reporter, Yahoo Entertainment UK
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Chelsea Pensioner Colin Thackery is apparently about to hit the big time with a lucrative record deal.

The 89-year-old widower has been crowned the winner of Britain’s Got Talent, but his success might not end with The Royal Variety Performance as he’s said to be eyeing a contract to record an album.

According to The Sun, an industry insider said that Sony Music execs believe Thackery has even more potential and they would love to cash in by releasing an album with him in the next few months.

Read more: Chelsea Pensioner wins Britain’s Got Talent

Thackery fought off competition from magicians X and Ben Hart in the final three of the ITV show on Sunday night to win the top prize - £250,000, and being able to perform for the Queen at The Royal Variety Performance later this year.

When he was asked by show hosts Ant and Dec how he felt about singing for the Queen, Thackery said: “That’s the job. That’s what I wanted.”

His performance in the finals was a rendition of Michael Ball’s Love Changes Everything, and in the semi-finals he sang We’ll Meet Again.

As his win was announced, Thackery said: “I’m absolutely astonished. The backing I’ve had has been fantastic.”

The war veteran won hearts across the UK with his story of wanting to compete in tribute to his late wife, who he had loved to sing with.

Read more: X’s identity finally revealed

Runner-up was magician X, who had remained silent throughout the series until the final, when he removed his mask at the end of his act and in a huge surprise revealed that he was Marc Spelmann, one of the Golden Buzzer acts from the 2018 show.

Spelmann said: “To come second to someone like Colin, who has risked his life for us . . . I bow to him.”

If Thackery does land a record deal, label bosses will be hoping he follows the success of previous acts discovered by the show including Susan Boyle, Paul Potts, and The D-Day Darlings.

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