Controversy Over 'Already Famous' Britain's Got Talent Winner

Controversy Over 'Already Famous' Britain's Got Talent Winner

Jasmyne Jeffery June 7, 2022

On Sunday, Axel Blake became the latest winner of Briain’s Got Talent (BGT), though with glimpses of fame already, many think the crown should’ve gone to another.

From ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

The finale of BGT saw Axel Blake crowned as the winner, receiving £250,000 and a place at the Royal Variety Show later this year. However, many eagle-eyed viewers discovered that the comedian already has an Amazon show and a net worth of £1.5 million.

The 34-year-old’s stand up show I’m Not Gonna Lie was filmed at the O2 in 2018 though it is currently unavailable to watch in the UK. The former property maintenance manager has also had experience presenting, with SBTV and UNILAD gigs under his belt.

Defending Prior ‘Fame’

Though trying to make his name as a stand-up comedian for the best part of a decade, Blake never found serious fame and had to keep a stable job alongside the pursuit of his dreams.

After the discussion of his previous ‘fame’ grew, Blake felt the need to defend himself on Lorraine on Monday morning.

‘I put that show on myself,’ he admitted, ‘I put my money where my mouth is and achieved that […] I had to borrow from other people.’

Was it a case of already having fame, or was the comedian just willing to risk it all to get his name out there?

Other Controversy

From ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent

The latest series of Britain’s Got Talent was already under strain due to contestant Loren Allred, the singer of The Greatest Showman’s ‘Never Enough’.

The American, and the show, came under fire for not only letting her compete but for nabbing a golden buzzer along the way. Though she is undeniably talented, does a platinum-selling single and a Wikipedia declaring her status as a singer-songwriter remove the ‘amateur’ charm of BGT?

With many suggesting they won’t be continuing to watch Britain’s Got Talent next year, let’s these controversies won’t be the end for the well-loved talent show.

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Jasmyne Jeffery is a full-time Entertainment and News Writer on university-themed website Freshered and HITC, and joined the company having previously worked in a freelance role. She attended the University of South Wales where she was also a student blogger and graduated in 2022 with a first-class honours degree in English and Creative Writing. Now, she puts her creativity to use reviewing university bars, Love Island episodes and the latest apps any 18-25-year-old is using.