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Voting shares published by ITV

ITV has released the breakdown of the audience vote for the finalists of Britain’s Got Talent, showing that Viggo Venn was far superior to his competitors.

The Norwegian clown won the £250,000 cash prize and a place at this year’s Royal Variety Performance after being declared the winner of the TV talent show – 13-year-old gymnastic dancer Liliana Clifton and teenage magician Cillian O’Connor came second and third.

Figures released by ITV show that Venn received 22.5 percent of the vote, significantly more than the ten rival groups.

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Dancer Clifton came second with 13.1 percent of the vote and illusionist O’Connor received 11.8 percent of the audience vote that evening.

The young opera singer Malakai Bayoh narrowly finished fourth in the grand finale with 11.3 percent of the votes cast.

The number of votes cast was not disclosed, but BGT’s ratings fell to a record low: only 5.3 million people watched the show that evening.

Malakai received a Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent 2023. (ITV)Malakai received a Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent 2023. (ITV)

Malakai Bayoh came in fourth with 11.3 percent of the vote. (ITV)

This is a significant drop from the 6 million viewers in 2022 and a further continuation of the show’s ratings slump since 2015, when 12.75 million people watched the grand finale on television.

Britain’s Got Talent’s ratings peaked in 2009, when the final was watched by 18.9 million people and dance troupe Diversity was crowned winners, with Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle coming in second.

The “naked” poser Tonikaku from Japan received the fewest votes this year, receiving only 2.9 percent of the total votes.

Venn was the clear winner of the live semi-final and received the highest number of votes of all acts in the semi-final rounds – with 43.7 percent on the second night.

The Ugandan orphan dance group Ghetto Kids received 39.7 percent of the votes in the semi-final, but came sixth in the final with only 10.1 percent.

And the amputee dancer Musa Motha reached fifth place in the final with 10.9 percent.

The BGT stars are Ant McPartlin, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell, Bruno Tonioli and Declan Donnelly.The BGT stars are Ant McPartlin, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell, Bruno Tonioli and Declan Donnelly.

Britain’s Got Talent ratings have fallen to an all-time low. (ITV)

Some viewers took to social media to express their disappointment that Venn’s comedy performance beat a group of such unusually talented young people.

Venn, who wears a high-visibility vest during his performance, said of his victory: “I feel extremely visible at the moment, thank you very much.”

Presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were forced to apologise for using obscene language during the finale after Venn swore during his performance.

Comedian Venn used the word “shit” as he pretended something had gone wrong before asking, “Is this live?”

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McPartlin said afterwards: “We have to apologise for any swear words you may have heard. I’m not naming names. Someone heard them.”

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