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The hugely successful, annual ITV1 television show, Britain's Got Talent,
generously donates a large proportion of the money raised from viewers'
telephone votes to the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund. The
EABF, in return, arranges for the series winner of the show to appear at
the annual Royal Variety Performance, which is held n the presence of a
senior member of the British Royal Family and viewed by over 150
million TV viewers worldwide. The EABF, now often simply known as the
'Royal Variety Charity', is enormously proud to be associated with Britain's Got Talent,
and gratefully acknowledges the fantastic help and support of Simon
Cowell and all at Syco Television. For more information on Britain's Got
Talent, please visit ITV1's website by clicking here.
ATTRACTION win BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT 2013
Hungarian shadow dance troupe, Attraction, were voted the winners of Britain’s Got Talent 2013 and secured their slot at this year's Royal Variety Performance.
The troupe of shadow dancers had previously been on the German and Hungarian equivalents of BGT, but said they wanted to win this show because this was the biggest programme of its type.
The Hungarian shadow dancers caused some controversy when they made the finals, with some viewers complaining about the fact that they weren’t British. However their patriotic routine in the final won over the British public and they were crowned winners after a spectacular final, achieving the highest TV ratings of any TV programme this year so far.
The official voting figures for the grand finale were as follows:
Attraction - 27.0%
Jack Carroll - 20.1%
Richard & Adam - 15.4%
Steve Hewlett - 14.7%
Luminites - 6.8%
Jordan O'Keefe - 3.7%
Gabz - 3.6%
Arisxandra - 2.9%
Pre-Skool - 2.8%
Francine Lewis - 2.0%
Asanda - 1.2%
Simon Cowell said: [It's] a bit of a surprise but it just shows that this country welcomes people from all over the world and they love this act. I am really, really happy for them.”
Amanda Holden spoke about the dancers, saying: “I think whatever language you speak, you completely understand their story and I think that’s the bottom line. You don’t have to speak English or anything, you understand what they are trying to do.”
The EABF offers its congratulations to Attraction and to all the acts who took part this year; it was one of the most memorable competitions in the history of the 7 year old event.
Attraction will now perform at this year's Royal Variety Performance, scheduled for the end of November 2013, in front of a senior member of the Royal Family.
History of winners - BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT
Jai McDowall (aged 24), from Ayrshire in Scotland, won his spot on the Royal Variety Performance at the Manchester Lowry Theatre on the 5th December 2011, held in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. Please visit the official ITV1 archive of the 2011 series by clicking here. For up-to-date news and information on Jai McDowall, please click here.
2010: Winner of the 2010 final of Britain's Got Talent was SPELBOUND.
2009: Winner of the 2009 final of Britain's Got Talent was DIVERSITY.
2008: Winner of the 2008 final of Britain's Got Talent was GEORGE SAMPSON.
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