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BGT winner Sydnie Christmas calls manipulation allegations 'soul-destroying' as voting percentages reveal how close the show's finale was

SYDNIE Christmas has hit back at allegations of rigging following her victory on Britain's Got Talent, branding them “soul-destroying”.

The singer took the crown at the finale of the variety show on Sunday evening.

Sydnie Christmas has hit back at allegations of manipulation following her victory on Britain's Got Talent, calling them “soul-destroying”Photo credit: Rex
The singer took the crown at the finale of the variety show on Sunday eveningPhoto credit: Rex
Although the show won with 27% of the vote, fans soon dissected the show – including the order and events that preceded itPhoto credit: Rex

Sydnie wowed the audience and those watching at home with her rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” from Annie, the audition song that prompted Amanda Holden to press the golden magnifying glass a few months ago.

However, after Ant and Dec crowned her the winner, Sydnie was confronted with claims of rigging by BGT viewers.

Although the show won with 27% of the vote, fans were quick to pick apart the show – including its order and the events that preceded it.

But now Sydnie has spoken out about the allegations and insisted that she won fair and square.

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She told OK Mag: “It wouldn't have made any difference if I had gone first. I don't know what to say, it's devastating, isn't it?”

The singer continued: “It's difficult. It distracts from how hard the road has been and how rewarding the success is.

“You just think, 'Oh, it's obvious it was given to her.' It really wasn't. I had to grind. I had to really grind and believe and want.

“I'm focusing on the people who supported me because I owe everything to them. Without them, none of this would have happened.”

By winning the show, Sydnie secured the £250,000 prize and a place in the upcoming Royal Variety Performance.

There she will perform for King Charles and Queen Camilla alongside a host of distinguished artists.

Britain's Got Talent star Sydnie Christmas reveals how she celebrated her show win in a normal way

After the result was announced, an emotional Sydnie fell to her knees and could barely speak as Ant and Dec came to talk to her.

“Oh, I don't know what to say!” she finally said. “I can't believe how much love I've felt since it aired… Oh my God, I'm overwhelmed with love and it's the most amazing thing.”

“It's incredible, thank you very much!”

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Britain's Got Talent has had a number of rows over the years about 'rigged' shows. How many of them do you remember?

Jasmine Elcock – 2016: Teen singer Jasmine Elcock surprised the nation with her version of Cher's Believe, but then it emerged that she had already performed professionally in London's West End. Jasmine, 14, admitted: “I performed in Annie in the West End when I was about nine or ten, but I get really nervous.”

IrShad Shaikh – 2017: When IrShad Shaikh auditioned, BGT fans questioned the rules. He received four red buzzers from the judges, which would normally have meant an immediate dismissal. But in a strange turn of events, they let him continue with his performance… and put him through to the next round.

Colin Thackery – 2019: Aged war veteran Colin won BGT in 2019, but the final caused uproar. He warbled his way to victory with a version of We'll Meet Again, but fans were furious that escape artist Jonathan Goodwin didn't even make the top three. Viewers felt Jonathan – who nearly suffocated when he was buried alive in a gravel pit – should have won.

Axel Blake – 2022: Comedian Axel Blake received a Golden Buzzer in 2022 after making the judges laugh. But fans were furious when they learned that Axel already had a show on the global streaming platform Amazon Prime. Despite this, Axel won the series.

Loren Allred – 2022: The 2022 series of BGT was marked by further controversy when singer Loren Allred also received a Golden Buzzer. She sang Never Enough from the hit musical film The Greatest Showman and received a standing ovation. It was later revealed that Loren was actually the original voice behind the song.

Taryn Charles – 2024: Singer Taryn Charles is one of this year's contestants lucky enough to receive the Golden Buzzer. Bruno Tonilio took her straight through to the semi-finals after her performance of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin, but now it has emerged that she is no stranger to television. Viewers will have recognised Taryn from an episode of Starstruck on ITV1, where she imitated Whitney Houston in front of judges Olly Murs, Sheridan Smith, Adam Lambert and Beverley Knight.