Susan Boyle made a surprise appearance during the Britain's Got Talent final but  announced she suffered a minor stroke last April.

The Britain's Got Talent legend, 62, who found fame on the programme in 2009, was left doubting whether she could perform after her health deteriorated. 

She returned to the stage singing her original audition song I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables with the cast of the West End production.

Susan also joined the cast in performing a rendition of Do You Hear The People Sing?

After the performance, she said: 'It feels great (to be here). It's extra special for me, last April I suffered a minor stroke and I fought to be back on stage and I have done it.'

Judge Simon said: 'Susan, we owe you so much, I knew you weren't well but if anyone was going to come back, you were going to come back, it wouldn't be the same without you.'

Susan shocked fans back in 2009 with a shiver-worthy Britain's Got Talent audition, catapulting to fame on the talent show and raking in a net-worth of over £20M.

Since bagging second place in Simon Cowell's long-running talent show, she released the UK’s best-selling record of all time and has even made TV cameos.

Susan has lived in the same council house for the last 60 years, growing up in the West Lothian semi-detached home. 

Not the usualy flashy display that often come from celebrities, the simple abode does hold a lot of sentimental value.

She wasn't keen to swap it for a more lavish residence either upon achieving fame and fortune after Britain's Got Talent, instead extending it.

Speaking on her decision previously, she told OK! magazine: 'It’s to do with the memories of your house and your upbringing, you need to take stock of things and maybe see where you come from and where your roots lie.'

'It’s best to be grounded and with your roots. It keeps you grounded and prevents you from saying things maybe you shouldn't say.'

Norwegian comedian Viggo Venn was crowned the winner of Britain's Got Talent 2023 on Sunday evening. 

Dancer Lilliana Clifton, 13, and 14-year-old magician Cillian O'Connor placed in second and third respectively - but missed out on the title.

Viggo scooped the £250,000 prize and a spot on the bill at the Royal Variety Performance.

However, audience members appeared to boo Viggo, while social media erupted as viewers claimed the talent show was fixed. 

After technical issues and a series of switch-offs during Saturday evening's Britain's Got Talent semi-final, ITV could be forgiven for crossing fingers and toes as the grand final of their long-running flagship kicked off on Sunday evening. 

After a tense semi-final singer Amy Lou was joined by magician Cillian O'Connor, acrobats Duo Odyssey, dance troupe Ghetto Kids, dancers Lillianna Clifton and Musa Motha, opera singer Malakai Bayoh, singers Olivia Lynes and Travis George and comedians Tonikaku and Viggo Venn. 

33-year-old Viggo not only donned his now-iconic hi-vis vest but forced head judge Simon Cowell into wearing a matching one as rose petals were thrown over the pair

Judge Alesha Dixon told him: 'You've captivated the nation, they love you.'

Bruno Tonioli added: 'I think your physical comedy is world-class, you have created one of the most memorable characters since Mr Bean.'

And Simon was full of praise for the funnyman, telling him: 'At least you didn't make me look stupid tonight. I have never ever met an act like you in my life, I will admit it, I really really love you now.'

Viggo called back to his original audition at the end of his performance, stripping off his jacket to Daft Punk's 'One More Time' to reveal another hi-vis vest.

And when asked why he has so many of the jackets, he told co-host Declan Donnelly: 'I wear so many high-vis because it's really cold in Norway.'

Before the show aired, Simon explained how he hoped the programme would help the contestants build better lives for themselves.

He said: 'I think you've got two things, you want to make a show which people hopefully will enjoy watching. And secondly, you want to give whoever it is that opportunity, hopefully, for things to get better in their lives after they've auditioned. I think where things have changed a lot from where we first started is it always used to be about the end prize.'

While many took to social media to praise Viggo for his win, some criticised him online, with one penning: 'Nothing irritates me more than when complete JOKE ACT wins a competition'

Another wrote: 'This man wore a hi-vis on a talent show and came away with £250k. Fair play'

A third added: 'Audience are rightfully booing. Viggo Venn has zero talent. I hate the British public'

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