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North East singer in Britain's Got Talent victory

A South Tyneside man has succeeded in winning this year's Britain's Got Talent contest as part of the musical theatre group Collabro.

Jamie Lambert, 23, is from Washington and joined the group when it was formed just a month before auditions for the show.

ITV undated handout photo of Collabro. Credit: ITV

Speaking on stage after the win was announced, Lambert offered his thanks and praised the runner up, opera singer Lucy Kay, saying: "For everyone who voted, you're absolutely amazing.

"Judges, thank you so much. And to Lucy as well, she's absolutely incredible.”

The group pick up a £250,000 prize and a slot performing at the Royal Variety Performance in London.

'Nice guys' Ant & Dec stand in as BGT judges - and don't vote anyone off!

Ant and Dec with their two BAFTAs earlier this month. Credit: PA wire

Ant and Dec confirmed their reputation as the nicest guys on TV when they joined the judging panel on Britain's Got Talent - but could not bring themselves to buzz any of the acts off the stage.

The Geordie duo, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, took it in turns to sit in the judge's chair when Simon Cowell missed a show, but they could not match his no-holds barred style.

McPartlin refused to press the buzzer when 33-year-old Steve Barker from York performed his own rap to a Black Eyed Peas song, telling the other judges: "This is horrible."

Fellow judge David Walliams said: "Ant and Dec are such nice guys, I get why they are so reluctant to say no to anyone."

But was business as usual for the rest of tonight's show, when Cowell returned and immediately showed off his Mr Nasty reputation when he tried to split up mother and daughter act Kitty and Rosie.


Local gymnasts on stage with dance sensation Diversity

When the dance group Diversity won Britain's got Talent four years ago they sparked a new surge of interest in dancing.

They are on tour and perform on Tyneside, Tuesday, December 3.

Their show includes four young gymnasts from the North East whose talent was spotted by Diversity's leader. Derek Proud reports.

Durham gymnasts join Diversity on tour

Ashley Banjo, leader of dance troupe, Diversity, is singing the praises of four North East gymnasts who will be performing with them on a national tour.

Diversity won the Britain's Got Talent competition in 2009.

The gymnasts are from a Durham-based group called Acropolis. They will be on stage with Diversity at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Tuesday, December 3.


Susan Boyle to make guest appearance in Newcastle at musical based on her life

Susan Boyle has chosen Newcastle for her first UK performance since the Britain's Got Talent tour in 2009. The talent show runner-up will make guest appearances alongside the cast of I Dreamed A Dream, the musical based on her life story.

Susan is set to appear in the 11 week tour across the UK & Ireland which opens at Newcastle Theatre Royal on 23rd March 2012.