BGT winner Viggo Venn breaks silence to defiantly defend victory amid audience booing

Britain's Got Talent winner Viggo Venn has broken his silence after pulling out of a planned appearance on ITV's Lorraine on Tuesday, following him being booed during the final on Sunday night. The Norwegian comedy act said it's "not his fault" that he claimed victory in the popular reality talent competition.

In the final, he beat young gymnastic dancer Lillianna Clifton and teenage magician Cillian O'Connor to bag a staggering £250,000 prize. The champion will go on to perform in front of King Charles, and other members of the Royal Family, at the Royal Variety Performance on 30 November.

But his win has not come without some controversy. After dancing and waving around his high-vis top to Daft Punk's One More Time during his final performance, boos could be heard from the crowd as BGT hosts Ant and Dec announced the performer as the winner.

On Wednesday, June 7, he danced his way onto the set of Lorraine Kelly's morning show. Ahead of his appearance, Lorraine, 63, told viewers: "Well anything could happen this morning, Britain's Got Talent winner Viggo Venn will be live, right here in the studio."

The clowning performer was seen backstage, with ITV crew members also sporting hi-vis tops or jackets, as he made an energetic entrance. He ventured behind the kitchen set where he ducked down and popped back up, before finally sitting opposite the host.

Lorraine praised his entrance and welcomed him to the show. Beginning, Viggo said: "It is not my fault that I won, it is the British public."

Lorraine lauded his win and said: "We need fun, and you are very silly." Reflecting on Sunday's final, he said: "I was kinda hoping I didn't win because it would be so embarrassing but I was very happy when they said it – the British public have such a sense of ridiculous humour."

Lorraine confirmed the Norwegian comedian was not feeling well shortly before he was scheduled to appear as a guest on Tuesday. She said: "Viggo Venn was supposed to be joining me in the studio this morning, but he's not feeling too chipper. But hopefully we'll see him later on."

The show then played a clip of the winner's performance on BGT, before the host added: "I mean, look at the energy of the man. He needs a wee rest."

During his appearance today, Viggo confirmed the UK was his "home", but Lorraine suggested he may be welcomed back in Norway as a "hero". After his appearance, she later quipped: "The energy of that man – I'm still recovering. He was hilarious."


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