Britain's Got Talent winner Sydnie Christmas exposed as a 'professional' singer

Britain's Got Talent champion, Sydnie Christmas, delivered a powerful performance of Over the Rainbow in the series finale. The singer's rendition was met with high praise from both the judges and viewers who voted in their thousands to crown Sydnie as their 2024 winner.

Despite her evident joy at the remarkable win, the festively-named star is no newcomer to the limelight. The 28-year-old singer has an array of musical and acting experience, leading some viewers to suggest BGT was "fixed as f*** as she's had a singing career before".

The songstress, who was working as a gym receptionist when she first appeared on the ITV talent show, insists she "didn't fit" in the entertainment industry amid the backlash. Simon Cowell also defended her and stated: "You know what was interesting? I worked out, I don't think a single act tonight were professionals. They all had a regular job and they did something extraordinary."

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However, Sydnie is not new to the limelight. Sydnie featured in the E4 programme, Stage School, which aired for two seasons in 2016 and 2017, highlighting the real challenges faced by students studying performing arts.

One viewer at home recognised Sydnie's TV experience when she appeared on stage at the London Palladium, posting on X: "I knew I recognised the girl's name who got the golden buzzer on last night's #BritainsGotTalent. Sydnie Christmas was on the E4 reality show Stage School which aired a few years ago now. It was a cross between Glee & TOWIE."

Another person chimed in: "Well the woman who is a professional having had a career in Starlight Express amongst others had the end slot then bagged the win then fake cried her way off with 250k, what a world we live in #bgtfinal."

While there have been suggestions that Sydnie has extensive West End experience, the singer denies this, telling the Mirror: "I've done loads of auditions to get into the West End. It's always knockbacks, always that you don't fit."

However, she does have significant theatre experience, having made her debut in London as one of the lead voices in Lazarus, featuring the music of David Bowie, at the King's Cross Theatre. Sydnie shared a backstage photo of Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson after he attended the show.

On her Spotify page, she shared: "Recently I just finished a musical called 'Lazarus', For those of you who loved David Bowie you would have loved this. Lazarus was on at the Kings Cross Theatre in London. I was lucky enough to act alongside the lovely Michael C. Hall, which some may recognise in the Netflix series 'DEXTER' This was an amazing experience and helped me fully appreciate who David Bowie was and what he gave to the world."

Sydnie has also had the opportunity to work on cruise ships including the Royal Caribbean International, where she took on the role of Rizzo in the musical Grease and starred in a German production of Starlight Express in 2019 as Belle the Bar Car.

There are whispers that Sydnie secured a record deal four years prior to her BGT debut. Her Instagram page features a promotion for her track One Night Only in 2020, with the caption: "Hope You all enjoy this CRAZY video as much as we did making it." Meanwhile, her X, formerly Twitter, page promotes her singles on Spotify, Apple Music and iTunes, which include a track called Heal Me.

In addition to appearances on E4 and most recently, ITV, Sydnie has also graced the big screen, boasting a credit for the film, Kick-Ass 2. The singer's role in the film, which is based on Book Two and Book Three of Kick-Ass The Dave Lizewski Years, remains a mystery as it is not listed on Sydnie's IMDB page.

Despite, the criticism, the star celebrated her victory with a quiet night at Wetherspoons with friends and confessed on This Morning that she hasn't yet checked her bank account for the £250,000 prize following the whirlwind events.

Talking to Ben and Cat, she revealed what she'll spend her cash on, the winner said: "Not a clue!" before adding: "I loved my singing coach on BGT, she was amazing and got me through that. I said to her: 'I can now afford you once a week!'."