Vincent Ralph compares the latest winner of Britain's Got Talent with previous magicians on the show.
The final of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent has generated plenty of debate with some fans of the show suggesting Richard Jones was an undeserving winner.
The magician did a few card tricks while telling a heart-wrenching story about a prisoner of war that concluded with 97-year-old Fergus Anckorn taking to the stage.
It was a bold move that ultimately paid off, but this is Britain’s Got Talent, not Britain’s Got Patriotism or Britain’s Got Sentimentality, and some are suggesting that were it not for Anckorn’s presence Jones would have come up short.
The latter finished runner-up to Matisse (and his stunt dog) last year while illusionist Oake came fifth the year Collabro deservedly took the crown.
Both Raven and Oake put in performances considerably more impressive than Jones managed in his audition, semi-final or final appearances, and while the former was called out by some viewers back in 2015 they must both be wondering how they fell short when the solider took the £250,000 and a place at the Royal Variety Performance with relatively basic tricks.
It is of course a matter of taste, but it seems the audience took the decision to award the prize to a man who deserves plenty of recognition, just perhaps not for the magic he did in the last week.