The winner of “Britain’s Got Talent” 2019 was revealed Sunday night.
8.2 million viewers watched war hero Colin Thackery, 89, pip magicians X and Ben Hart to the post to become the oldest winner of the ITV show.
Earlier in the evening, Thackery captured the hearts of the nation with his performance of “Love Changes Everything”.
He previously sailed through the auditions round after singing “We’ll Meet Again” in tribute to his late wife Joan.
Thackery, who served in the military for 25 years, said he could die happy after being given the chance to perform in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance show.
He also bagged the $426,000 prize, part of which he plans to donate to the south London retirement and nursing home for former members of the British army.
Thackery revealed why he initially auditioned for the show.
“One of the guys, as I was coming off the stage in our club dared me having sung after the curry lunch.
“He said, ‘When are you going to do it?’ I said, ‘What?’ and he said, ‘Go on “Britain’s Got Talent”.’ I said, ‘Don’t be silly.'”