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‘The exclamation point of 2020’ - what the judges said about winning BGT Star Jon Courtenay

PUBLISHED: 22:16 10 October 2020 | UPDATED: 12:39 11 October 2020

Jon Courtenay has won Britain's Got Talent Picture: Syco/Thames/ITV plc

Jon Courtenay has won Britain's Got Talent Picture: Syco/Thames/ITV plc

Syco/Thames/ITV plc

Former Suffolk school boy Jon Courtenay was celebrating after ‘making his family proud’ this weekend by winning ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent final.

Jon went to the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook as a child and grew up in Ipswich and Martlesham Heath. Picture: Tom Dymond/Britain's Got TalentJon went to the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook as a child and grew up in Ipswich and Martlesham Heath. Picture: Tom Dymond/Britain's Got Talent

The comedy pianist - real name Jonathon Young - was among 10 acts battling it out on the show for a cash prize of £250,000, as well as the opportunity to star in the Royal Variety Performance.

Mr Courtenay, 47, grew up in Ipswich and Martlesham Heath; he was a pupil at the Royal Hospital School and also took part in the Wolsey Youth Theatre.

He now lives in Manchester.

Mr Courtenay was the final act to perform on the show on Saturday night.

Jon Courtenay attended the Royal Hospital School between 1984 and 1991. Picture: JON COURTENAYJon Courtenay attended the Royal Hospital School between 1984 and 1991. Picture: JON COURTENAY

He performed his own song based on the small things in life that give you happiness.

In the song he reflected on reaching the final of the competition and life during lockdown.

MORE: Suffolk’s Golden Buzzer act to battle it out in Britain’s Got Talent final

Speaking on the show before his performance Mr Courtenay said: “I have loved every second of it. I wanted to make my family proud; my boys, my dad and my mum.”

Jon Courtenay attended the Royal Hospital School between 1984 and 1991. Picture: JON COURTENAYJon Courtenay attended the Royal Hospital School between 1984 and 1991. Picture: JON COURTENAY

Judge Alesha Dixon said that the song was “a brilliant summary of the year”.

Amanda Holden said: “You’re act tonight was the exclamation point of 2020.

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“You made us feel amazing and positive at the end of a tumultuous year.”

While Diversity front man Ashley Banjo, who himself found fame on the TV talent show, said: “It made me laugh, it made me think.”

Fourth judge, actor and author David Walliams, said: “You seized the day and somehow summed up the moment. You did brilliantly tonight.”

Mr Courtenay was one of the top three acts, as selected by the public along with variety performer Steve Royle and choir Sign Along with Us.

However, it was Mr Courtenay who stole the top spot, becoming the first golden buzzer act to do so.

Speaking of his victory, Mr Courtenay said: “This has changed my life and my family’s life.

“I woke up this morning with a song for the Royal Variety Performance. I did not think it would be a sign.”

He wasn’t the only Suffolk act to do well in this year’s competition.

Ten-year-old Souparnika Nair, a pupil at Sebert Wood Community Primary School in Bury St Edmunds, made it through to the semi final stage, stunning the judges with her super singing ability.

She was picked as one of the top three acts of her semi-final, before losing out to dancers Aaron and Jasmine.

Unfortunately she was not picked by the public as one their top acts and did not feature in the final.

MORE: Suffolk schoolgirl performs on Britain’s Got Talent semi-final


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