Viggo Venn’s victory on Britain’s Got Talent has sparked more than 100 complaints from viewers.
The Norwegian comedian - whose signature move is dancing in a hi-vis vest - won the 2023 series of the ITV competition at the weekend, scooping the £250,000 prize and a spot on the bill at the Royal Variety Performance.
He wowed judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Bruno Tonioli with his brand of comedy and was crowned the winner after receiving 22.5 per cent of the final votes, significantly more than the 10 rival acts.
But 116 people still complained to Ofcom about the final, and a spokesperson for the broadcasting watchdog confirmed to Yahoo that those complaints related to Venn’s win.
When the final aired some people did tweet about being disappointed that he’d triumphed over some of the other acts, which included a slew of children including Ugandan orphan dance troupe Ghetto Kids and 13-year-old gymnastic dancer Liliana Clifton.
“To think that guy just got 250k for prancing round in high vis, utterly embarrassing,” one viewer said.
“If that’s someone who has talent, the show needs to give up.”
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Another said: “This public voting for that terrible act when that young girl was amazing… it’s sad to think this public have a vote in general elections, blows my mind."
Venn appeared on ITV’s Lorraine after the final and appeared to defend the fact that he was voted the winner.
“It's not my fault I won, it was the British public,” he said.
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