After forty-five acts from around the globe competed across five semi-finals, ten acts remained for Saturday night’s grand final of Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions. Having finished third on the American version earlier this year, it was déjà vu for sand artist Kseniya Simonova as she finished third on the British spin-off.
Using her sand art, Kseniya perfectly captured the life and influence of Princess Diana. It included several emotive and recognisable moments — from a young Prince William and Harry to a hospital visit. And as we saw with Anna Odobescu in Tel Aviv, she combined sand and snow art to deliver her moving tribute to the late Princess.
“It’s a real mix of being fascinated by what’s going to come next with tugging at our heartstrings. And you pull it off every single time. We were all welling up here. I honestly think you’re a genius and it was beautiful”, said judge Amanda Holden who awarded Kseniya the golden buzzer during the opening show.
Simon Cowell also agreed: “It was absolutely beautiful, heartfelt. It will live forever. What you do is extraordinary. I mean, genuinely.”
“It’s not just beautiful what you do — the way you do it is beautiful, too. It’s just mesmerising. These transitions are fantastic. And that was stunning,” said judge David Walliams.
Alesha Dixon agreed.
“I was completely mesmerised the whole time. It was so respectful and beautiful. And just watching you express yourself that way so creatively and telling the stories that you do in the way that you do, you deserve to be in this final. Congratulations.”
After all the performances from the ten finalists, it was all down to the audience of Got Talent superfans to make their decision. As Kseniya took the bronze medal position, Twist and Pulse — Britain’s Got Talent runners-up in 2010 — were crowned the winners ahead of Stavros Flatley, Britain’s Got Talent finalists in 2009.
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