ITV Britain's Got Talent winner breaks down in tears as fans forced to defend them after backlash

Sydnie Christmas was in tears as she was announced as the winner of Britain's Got Talent
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Britain's Got Talent's winner for 2024 has been announced after a tense final which saw fans defend them after accusations of a fix. In the end, Sydnie Christmas walked away with the win after a stunning performance of classic Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

Sydnie had been topped to win the show almost since her very first performance and was the bookies favourite heading into the final. But she had been hit by plenty of controversy along the way as some fans of the show criticised her for her previous experience.

Sydnie, aged 28, took the first Golden Buzzer of the new Britain's Got Talent 2024 series as Amanda Holden rushed to put her straight through to the live shows. But it was then revealed that Sydnie has had a career which takes in film, music and TV but in the past has worked as a cleaner between auditions and is still looking for her big break.

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Sydnie has appeared on stage in the past and has a Spotify page, has appeared on E4 show Stage School as well as movie Kick Ass 2, while also performing on Royal Caribbean cruises. The final of the hit ITV show saw 11 acts compete for the chance to perform in front of the royal family at the Royal Variety performance. But it was Sydnie who was the public's choice after she received the most votes.

Sydnie burst into tears after her win was revealed by hosts Ant and Dec. She covered her face with hands as she tried to compose herself, telling the duo: "I don't know what to say."

She then told the audience and everyone who had voted for her: "I cannot believe the amount of love that I've felt since it aired. Oh my god I am overwhelmed with love and it is the most amazing thing.

"And I wish every single person one day feels thhe way I do with this love. It's amazing, thank you so much."

But viewers had to defend the star on X, formerly Twitter, after the hashtag was flooded with comments that the show had been 'rigged' from the start. Sharon defended Sydnie, saying: "Why is everyone it’s a fix? Sydnie is a great singer and deserved all of the votes she received! #bgtfinal."

Mark white added: "Not fixed #bgtfinal." And Larakin said simply: "The best contestant won."