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Britain's Got Talent 2017: Tokio Myers crowned winner

Tokio Myers (file image from 29 April 2017) Image copyright Tom Dymond/Syco/Thames/PA

Pianist Tokio Myers has been voted as the winner of Britain's Got Talent.

The London-based musician edged out eight-year-old magician Issy Simpson and comedian Daliso Chaponda in the public vote for the ITV show.

The 32-year-old won £250,000 in prize money and an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance.

ITV moved the final of the show forward by a day to avoid a clash with Ariana Grande's benefit concert for the Manchester bombing victims on Sunday.

Myers had previously supported artists such as rapper Kanye West.

His performance in the final took in a variety of musical styles, including his use of the piano and drums.

He fell to the floor after presenters Ant and Dec announced him as the winner.

Judge Simon Cowell said: "As a talent, as a person, Tokio right now, this was the most important thing for him, I'm thrilled for him."

Teenage singer Sarah Ikumu had been chosen as the judges' wildcard choice for the final.

The other acts taking part were: magician Matt Edwards, The Missing People Choir, singing pensioners the Pensionalities, dance act MerseyGirls, nine-year-old comedian Ned Woodman, singer Kyle Tomlinson, and mind-reading/magic double act DNA.

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