The final of Britain’s Got Talent was incredible! It included a big reveal, a fun-loving school group, plenty of daring magicians, and one 89-year-old pensioner. Colin Thackery is a veteran and a widower, and he dedicated his performance to love.
The message touched the hearts of the judges, live audience, and viewers at home. His rendition of Love Changes Everything, originally performed by Michael Ball, had everyone on their feet. The crowds loved his genuine personality, his love for the Queen, and his emotional singing.
He really told a story with the song, and it was clear that it meant a lot to him. He dedicated the Andrew Lloyd Webber composition to his late wife Joan, who died in 2016 after they had been together for 65 years. They had met when he was just 15. His love for her was evidently still strong, and it really came through in the performance.
Judge Amanda Holden said, “I know this is a huge show, I know this isn’t about the glitz and glamour for you, it’s because you served your country and I hope tonight they served you.”
Colin Thackery was dressed in the uniform of the Royal Chelsea Pensioners, a group of retired veterans who live-in at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. That is a retirement home with onsite care specifically for veterans.
“I served my Queen for 25 years and to think I could sing for her would be the end.”
His performance won the public’s hearts, and they voted him to win the competition! He might be one of the first winning acts to care more about the opportunity to perform for the Queen than the quarter of a million pounds! He will be donating some of the prize money to the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
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