Britain's Got Talent winners: Where are they now?

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With Britain's Got Talent's tenth series now approaching the final, we take a look back at the winners of the past decade and ask where are they now?

Paul Potts

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Winner of the first ever series of Britain's Got Talent back in 2007, Opera singer Paul Potts has remained one of the show's must successful winners. He went on to release a string of top charting albums and has sold millions of records across the world.

In 2013, Paul even had his own MOVIE with James Corden playing him in the telling of his story, alongside a book of the same name.

More recently, Paul has enjoyed a worldwide tour playing to audiences in South Africa, Japan, Korea, India and Canada.

Last year, Paul made a homecoming to Wales with performances in Rhyl and Port Talbot.

Having now performed at more than 800 shows across the globe, Paul is currently working on a fifth album due out later this year.

He said recently: "The most important thing is it doesn't change you - you have to be you.

"You have to be the person who defines your own success."

 

George Sampson

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Street dancer George Sampson won Britain's Got Talent back in 2008 then aged just 14.

After cashing in the prize money and performing at the Royal Variety Show, George moved into music with debut single Get Up On The Dancefloor/Headz Up.

It didn't quite work out with the song charting at a lowly Number 30 in the charts.

More recently, George has moved into acting with roles on BBC's Waterloo Road, Casualty (pictured above), The Dumping Ground and Sky 1's Mount Pleasant.

Earlier this year he joined the cast of ITV soap Emmerdale, saying: "I'm really excited to play a guest part in Emmerdale. The cast and crew have been really friendly, and the village is a spectacular place to be. It's such an iconic show and it's brilliant to be able to be a part of it."

 

Diversity

Diversity

After a surprise win over Susan Boyle in the Britain's Got Talent 2009 finale, dance group Diversity have gone on to be one of BGT's biggest successes and the dance troupe that all others will now ALWAYS have to match.

The group have taken part in numerous tours with their latest - The Exclusive Tour: Up Close And Personal - travelling across the UK recently.

Diversity have also appeared in British movie StreetDance 3D while the individual dancers have done all sorts away from the group.

Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely have been the UK hosts of the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards while Perri also appeared in - and won - ITV diving competition Splash! with Tom Daly.

But it's front man Ashley Banjo who has had the most success with a starring role as a judge on Sky's Got To Dance, although the show was axed last year.

He's since taken up fronting new BBC One gameshow Can't Touch This alongside Zoe Ball.

 

Spelbound

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Since their spot on the Royal Variety after winning Britain's Got Taent in 2010, gymnastic troupe Spelbound have had a few changes in line up as members of the group have come and gone.

As a group they've performed around the world with shows in Paris this year but individuals have gone on to do other things.

In 2014, Alex Utlley and Douglas Fordyce appeared as 'pros' in BBC One gymnastic show Tumble, paired with celebrity partners Andrea Maclean and Sugarbabe's Amelle Berrabah respectively.

 

Jai McDowall

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Jai McDowall's Britain's Got Talent 2011 win didn't go down well with BGT boss Simon Cowell, who wasn't on the panel at the time.

He said on his return to the judges' desk in 2012: "I was disappointed with last year's winner, Jai. You want to find someone who is a star all over the world and who has got a long career. With respect to him, he wasn't one of our best ones."

After winning the show, Jai went on to release a debut called called Believe but with that not cracking the top 40 it's no shock to learn that he was quickly dropped.

Speaking last year about his time on BGT, Jai reflected: “It has made life in the music industry easier. I was singing in bands and at weddings and that was as far as I thought it would go, but the show gave me a platform to do bigger things than I thought I was capable of and opened doors. I really did have a brilliant time on the show.”

 

Ashleigh and Pudsey

Ashleigh and Pudsey

The first animal act to win Britain's Got Talent, Ashleigh and Pudsey went to to take part in numerous shows and TV appearances.

In 2014 they even had their own movie, or rather Pudsey did, with the star dog voiced by BGT judge David Walliams.

Last year the pair continue to work across the UK, appearing on Britain's Got More Talent and in panto.

Earlier this year, Ashleigh and Pudsey had a starring role in Ant and Dec's Who Shot Simon Cowell whodunit on Saturday Night Takeaway.

Now Ashleigh and her pet pooch are preparing for their very own stage show, Mission ImPUDSEYble, which is touring the UK this summer.

 

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Attraction

Britain's Got Talent 2013 winners Hungarian shadow dancers Attraction are one of BGT's more spectacular acts.

Their stage show has entertained audiences across the world from Denmark to China, with possibly billions of people seeing their work.

But you've got to pay the bills somehow and as well as their shows, Attraction have also appeared in insurance company Swinton's TV ads.

 

Britain's Got Talent 2014 winner Collabro

Collabro

It was five piece musical theatre group Collabro who won Britain's Got Talent in 2014 and the group have done pretty well for themselves.

As well as performing at the Royal Variety Show, the group put out a Number 1 album and even a re-release Christmas edition of the record too.

The band hit the road last year with their first tour across the UK and released a second album Act Two in the summer which went to Number 2.

Now the group are on the road again with a number of gigs across the UK.

 

Jules O'Dwyer & Matisse

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It was another dog act who won Britain's Got Talent last year with Jules O'Dyer wnd her dogs scooping the £250,000 prize money.

However the win proved controversial after it was revealed the final performance had 'secretly' included other dogs.

Following an investigation by TV Watchdog Ofcom, ITV offered refunds to voters but Jules and Maiteese (and her friends) kept their title as BGT winners.

They performed in the Royal Variety Performance last December and recently appeared in the new trailer for Britain's Got More Talent.

Speaking earlier this year, Jules confessed she was still getting used to the idea of fame and being recognised with her dogs in the street.

"I’ve always been very low-profile and consider myself to be really normal," she said. "I’m not one to push myself into the spotlight so that was new for me, that was a real learning curve.

"To have fans running up to you and wanting selfies from the dogs. That’s taken a bit of getting used to. "

 

Who will be next on the list? The BGT 2016 final airs this Saturday night on ITV.

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