Britain's Got Talent winner Sydnie Christmas exposed as a 'professional' singer

Britain's Got Talent winner Sydnie Christmas delivered a powerful performance of Over the Rainbow in the series finale. The singer's performance was highly praised by both the judges and viewers, who voted in their thousands to crown Sydnie the 2024 winner.

Despite her obvious delight at the remarkable win, the festively named star is no newcomer to the spotlight. The 28-year-old singer has a range of musical and acting experience, leading some viewers to believe BGT was “f***ing rigged given she's had a singing career before.”

The singer, who was working as a receptionist at a gym when she first appeared on the ITV talent show, insists she “didn't fit in” in the face of the backlash. Simon Cowell also came to her defense, saying: “You know what was interesting? I've thought about it, but I don't think any of the acts tonight were professionals. They all had a normal job and did something extraordinary.”

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Sydnie is no newcomer to the spotlight, however, having appeared on E4's Stage School, which aired for two seasons in 2016 and 2017 and highlighted the real challenges facing performing arts students.

One viewer at home recognised Sydnie's TV experience when she appeared on stage at the London Palladium, posting on X: “I knew I recognised the name of the girl who got the golden buzzer on #BritainsGotTalent last night. Sydnie Christmas was on the E4 reality show Stage School which aired a few years ago. It was a mix of Glee and TOWIE.”

Another person chimed in: “Well the woman who has a professional career and has been on Starlight Express among other things came in last, took the win and then cried her way off with 250k. What a world we live in #bgtfinal.”