Comedian Viggo Venn crowned winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2023

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Norwegian comedian Viggo Venn, who “captured the heart of the nation” with his high-vis inspired routines, has been crowned the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2023.

Venn, who said at his first audition that he wanted to become a British comedian, scooped the £250,000 prize, as well as a spot on the bill at the Royal Variety Performance after his live grand final performance on the ITV talent show.

He had the judges in fits of laughter when he forced Simon Cowell to wear a matching high-vis jacket as rose petals were thrown over the pair before the whole audience erupted into high-vis.

The audience were in raptures after the performance, chanting: “One more time”, in reference to his first audition on the show where he danced to Daft Punk’s hit.

Alesha Dixon said: “You’ve captivated the nation, they love you,” while Bruno Tonioli said: “I think your physical comedy is world-class, you have created one of the most memorable characters since Mr Bean.”

Cowell said: “At least you didn’t make me look stupid tonight. I have never ever met an act like you in my life, I will admit it, I really really love you now.”

When host Declan Donnelly asked why so many high-vis jackets, Venn said: “I wear so many high-vis because it’s really cold in Norway.”

After winning the show, Donnelly asked how he felt to have “captured the heart of the nation”, to which he said: “Not just the heart of Britain, but the heart of Simon.”