Britain's Got Talent 2023: Who was last year's winner?

The long-running talent contest crowned a new champion

Ant & Dec and Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell, Bruno Tonioli in Britain's Got Talent.
Ant & Dec and Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell, Bruno Tonioli in Britain's Got Talent. (Thames)

Britain's Got Talent 2023 began on Saturday, 15 April, with Bruno Tonioli replacing David Walliams on the new-look judging panel.

Seven Golden Buzzer acts took part in the semi-finals but only won could be named champion.

Miss last year's final? Here's everything you need to know about 2023's series.

Who won Britain's Got Talent 2023?

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Viggo Venn attends The National Lottery's Big Bash to celebrate 2023 at OVO Arena Wembley on December 06, 2023 in London, England. Coming to ITV1 and ITVX on 31st December  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for The National Lottery)
Norwegian comedian Viggo Venn won Britain's Got Talent 2023. (Getty Images)

Norwegian comic and professional clown Viggo Venn won Britain's Got Talent 2023 after impressing the judges and viewers with his antics in a hi-vis jacket.

Well, most of the judges. While he may not have impressed Cowell, his time on the show was strong enough to see him emerge victorious, largely thanks to his wild and high-energy skits that saw him get inside a giant inflatable balloon and devise an entire dance routine around a bright yellow jacket.

Watch the moment Venn won the show below:

When are the Britain's Got Talent semi-finals and final?

2023's series of Britain's Got Talent started on ITV1 at 8pm on Saturday, 15 April with a second episode airing at 7.45pm on Sunday, 16 April. The show then continued to dish out new episodes each Saturday at 8pm.

The show's two-part semi-final aired on Monday, 29 May followed by a second instalment on Tuesday, 30 May, a third on Wednesday 31 May, fourth on Thursday 1 June and part five landing on Friday 2 June.

The series final was broadcast on Sunday, 4 June. Hopefuls were again competing for a prize of £250,000 and the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance later this year.

Read more: Every judge of Britain's Got Talent so far

This year's auditions were filmed in London and Salford between January and February. Early rounds of the contest are pre-recorded before the show moves into live knock-out rounds in the run-up to the final.

Britain's Got Talent hosts Ant & Dec.
Britain's Got Talent hosts Ant & Dec. (Thames)

Who is judging Britain's Got Talent this year?

A change in the judging line-up was a judge Tonioli w confirmed as a replacement for cast in the 2022 series.

However, former Strictly Come Dancing judge Tonioli was confirmed as a replacement for Walliams.

Britain's Got Talent hosts Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Bruno Tonioli and Alesha Dixon (Credit: Thames)
Britain's Got Talent hosts Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Bruno Tonioli and Alesha Dixon (Credit: Thames)

He joined Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden, who have been in place since the first season, and ex-Strictly panel co-star Alesha Dixon who joined the show in 2012.

It was a huge coup for ITV as Tonioli spent 17 series at the BBC with Strictly as one of the contest's original judges before pandemic travel restrictions made it impossible for him to take part and he eventually bowed out.

Presenters Ant and Dec were also back to host again.

What happened to David Walliams?

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: David Walliams arrives at the Britain's Got Talent Auditions at London Palladium on January 20, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Getty Images)
David Walliams was overheard insulting contestants. (Getty Images)

Comedian and children's author David Walliams spent 10 successful years on the judging panel but left under a cloud ahead of the 2023 series.

In November 2022, The Guardian revealed a leaked audio recording from the show's 2020 auditions in which he was heard making insulting remarks about contestants.

Walliams was heard referring to one contestant as a "c***" and said of another woman auditioning: "She’s like the slightly boring girl you meet in the pub that thinks you want to f*** them, but you don’t."

Read more: All the winners of Britain's Got Talent so far

He apologised, saying: "I would like to apologise to the people I made disrespectful comments about during breaks in filming for Britain’s Got Talent in 2020.

"These were private conversations and — like most conversations with friends — were never intended to be shared. Nevertheless, I am sorry."

Who won Britain's Got Talent 2022?

Simon Cowell pressed his Golden Buzzer for comedian Axel Blake, who already has his own show. (Syco/Thames/ITV)
Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer choice comedian Axel Blake won in 2022. (Syco/Thames/ITV)

The winner of the last series was comedian Axel Blake.

He was a popular winner, but controversy hit when it emerged that Blake had already made an Amazon Prime Video special of his stand-up routine – calling into question whether he could be classed as an amateur.

Defending his appearance on the streaming service in an interview on Lorraine, Blake said: "I put that show on myself and I just put my money where my mouth is and I achieved that.

"That’s the thing, it looks like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s Amazon Prime.’ But if they saw the backend, it didn’t look like that financially. All the stress, I had to borrow money from people."

He added: "After that, Amazon picked it up. It wasn’t for Amazon Prime. I didn’t know they were going to pick that up, and that was like a year later."

Cowell also backed him, saying: "I know you got a bit of stick in the media – ‘It’s a fix because you’ve been on another show.' That’s the whole point of shows like this, that you give someone another chance."

Britain's Got Talent returns to ITV1 and ITVX on Saturday, 20 April at 7.30pm.