Sussex singer's band crowned Britain's Got Talent champions

Sussex singer's band crowned Britain's Got Talent champions

Sussex singer's band crowned Britain's Got Talent champions

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A Sussex singer has won Britain's Got Talent with his band.

Richard Hadfield, 20, a labourer from Portslade, will share the £250,000 prize money with his four band-mates and perform at the Royal Variety Performance.

Collabro beat opera singer Lucy Kay who was runner-up and teenage rap duo Bars and Melody, the bookies' favourites, who finished third.

The band is made up Richard and Matt Pagan, both 20, Michael Auger and Thomas Redgrave, both 24, and Jamie Lambert, 23.

After presenters Ant and Dec announced the result, Jamie said: "For everyone who voted, you're absolutely amazing. Judges - thank you so much. And to Lucy as well, she's absolutely incredible."

"Thank you Collaborators, we love you."

The group formed only a month before their first audition for the show.

Collabro's final rousing performance achieved a standing ovation from all four judges.

Simon Cowell said: "You know what I like about you guys is that you have steel in your eyes when you sing. You are totally focused, you know exactly the kind of group you want to be.

"The first time I heard that song it was fantastic. This was even better. This was a step up. This was a performance where I could tell you wanted to stamp on this competition and win the competition, and I like people who want to be winners."

Comedian David Walliams said: "It was wonderful. You couldn't fault it. It was perfection. I see really, really big things for you guys."

Alesha Dixon added: "I could feel that passion from you. I loved it."

Actress Amanda Holden said: "It was another faultless performance."

Other finalists included dance troupe Addict Initiative, impressionist Jon Clegg, high-heeled dance trio Yanis Marshall, Arnaud and Mehdi, singing guitarist James Smith, swing group Jack Pack and illusionist Darcy Oakewere.

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