COLIN Thackery became the oldest champion of Britain’s Got Talent when he won the twelfth series of the ITV show in 2019.
Now, he is back again to compete in the ultimate showdown in Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions. Here’s what you need to know about the pensioner…
Who is Colin Thackery?
Colin Thackery is an 89-year-old army veteran and a singer.
He joined the army at the age of 15 and met his wife Joan at an army camp dance in County Durham.
They married in 1950, but Colin was posted to Korea two weeks after the wedding.
He was then posted to Hong Kong two years later where Joan eventually joined him. The couple returned to Britain with Joan passing away from breast cancer in December 2016.
Colin has four grandchildren and two children and lived in Norwich with his spouse until she died.
He then moved to the Royal Hospital Chelsea with the Chelsea Pensioners.
Colin won the £250,000 prize money when he was crowned the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2019[/caption]
What was Colin Thackery’s journey like on Britain’s Got Talent in 2019?
Colin’s audition was shown on Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday, May 11, 2019.
He sang Wind Beneath My Wings, made famous by Bette Midler in Beaches.
The weepy song had the audience and the judges crying, as he dedicated it to his late wife Joan, who died in 2016 after more than 60 years of marriage.
Colin won over the judges and got four yeses, landing himself a place in the live semi-finals.
Talking about what his beloved wife would have said about his BGT audition, he told The Mirror: “Well, first of all, she would be highly critical, because that’s that she was.
“Joan had a very good alto voice. In fact, we both sang together in an operatic society. She would have been highly critical, if I’d done anything wrong.
“She was a typical northern girl, they don’t say a lot, but they think a lot. But she would have been delighted.”
For his semi-final on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, he sang We’ll Meet Again, and progressed to the final on Saturday, June 2, 2019, after receiving the most votes.
During the final show, Colin was crowned winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2019, after singing Michael Ball’s Love Changes Everything.
As the winner of Britain’s Got Talent, Colin was invited to perform in front of the Royal Family at the Royal Variety Performance.
On performing for the Queen, he enthused: “That’s the job. That’s what I wanted.”
He also scooped the £250,000 prize money and vowed to share the fund with the Royal Chelsea Hospital, where he resides.
Colin revealed: “Well first of all the hospital, because we are a charity and we are always collecting for something.
“We’ve got a new centre that we’ve been wanting to build, a visitors centre, activity centre.
“I’d love to think that I set the whole thing off.”
He added: “And of course I’ve got family. I’ve got grandchildren wanting to get on the property ladder and all that sort of thing and of course A-Levels and all that.”
What regiment of the Army was Colin Thackery in?
Colin served in the 45th regiment of the Royal Artillery, the Queen’s Army.
He went to war in Korea just two weeks after getting married to his late wife, Joan.
It was there that he lost some of his hearing in his ear after coming under attack.
Is Colin Thackery taking part in Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions?
Yes! Colin is one of many acts to be taking part in the ultimate showdown of BGT talent.
The crooner will be battling it out against the likes of Stavros Flatley, Collabro, Ashleigh and Sully, George Sampson, Jai McDowall and Paul Potts.
But it remains to be seen who will be crowned the first winner in the show’s history.
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When is Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions on TV?
The BGT spin-off kicked off on ITV on Saturday, August 31.
The series will run for six weeks – with this in mind the show is likely to end on October 5, 2019.
We know that the final was taped at Wembley Arena at the end of July.
Embarrassingly enough, the act who won the contest showed off their trophy outside the arena – we won’t spoil it for you though, but if you do care to know who’s won the show, a simple Twitter search will bring up the answer in no time.