ITV Britain's Got Talent act stops show to pay 'so important' tribute after sad loss

Comedian Alex Mitchell wearing a pink suit clutches his hand to his chest as he pays a touching tribute to Rob Burrows after his final performance on Britain's Go Talent
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Britain's Got Talent finalist Alex Mitchell was praised for his 'gentlemanly' behaviour after stopping the show to pay tribute to a disability rights campaigner on the live show. The primary school teacher from Leeds, who has autism and Tourette's, gave an incredible comedy routine during the final of the ITV show on Sunday night.

Alex was one of the last two acts to make it through to the final after a tense semi-final show on Friday after winning the most public votes for his stand-up routine which saw him poke fun at his autism and tics. Simon Cowell and the rest of the judges were suitably impressed by the performance, telling him: "I think of all the contestants whove made the biggest step up from their auditions, it's you.

"I genuinely believe this is, we always wish for great things to happen to all the contestants. And I really believe on the back of this you're going to have your wish, which is a really, really successfull career doing comedy." And Simon addressed his former bullies, telling the comedian: "All those people who said mean things, tell them - and it rhymes - with duck, off."

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But Alex was more interested in using the platform to pay tribute to disability rights campaigner Rob Burrow, whose death from motor neuron disease was announced just befoe the ITV show started. And fans were touched by his incredible attitude.

He stopped Ant and Dec as they questioned him about his act and instead told them: "But what I want to say, an hour ago I got the sad news, and it would be remiss of me not to mention it, and I don't know if they're watching, but to the family of Rob Burrow...he is a hero and I hope you know how much we love him here tonight, and for him advocating for disability rights is so important."

Robs youngest daughter Maya shows him his Pride of Britain trophy in 2023
Rob’s youngest daughter Maya shows him the Pride of Britain trophy Rob Burrow with wife Lindsey win the Special Recognition Award presented by Martin Sheen and Louise Redknapp at the 2023 Pride of Britain Awards on Sunday 8th October 2023. -Credit:Daily Mirror

Viewers were refreshed by and 'gentlemanly' behaviour. Lianne commented: "If Alex Mitchell doesn’t win tonight, then at least he will win the gentleman of the evening. What a nice man, and I agree with Simon, anyone who is cruel about him can DUCK OFF."

Sophie said: "Alex Mitchell you have my heart! A pure real example of chasing your dreams. A mention to Rob Burrows! What a kind, beautiful man." "Bless Alex Mitchell mentioning Rob Burrows," EloquentParrot added.

Others thought the performance was incredibly funny, with some voting him as their winner for 2024. Maskedoli wrote: "Love Alex. His semi final was the best but he was still great tonight."andrew_jack5602 added: "One of my favourite to win."