Sydnie Christmas' family 'extremely proud' after BGT win (2024)

The family of Britain's Got Talent winner Sydnie Christmas have told of their pride that her life-long dream of singing in the West End has finally come true.

Sydnie, 28, swept the board with her heart-moving rendition of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' at the nail-biting finish of last night's show.

And today, her youngest sister Rhoni told how the hard-fought victory had been the culmination of Sydnie's life work.

Speaking at the family's home in rural Kent, Rhoni, 25, told MailOnline: 'I could not even put into words how we are feeling as a family. Sydnie has worked all of her life to get where she is and she deserves it more than anything. We are extremely proud of her.

'Sydnie has been performing from a very young age. Since I was a little girl, it was all that she has done. She has been singing around the house all of my life.

Sydnie Christmas was crowned the winner of Britain's Got Talent 2024 during Sunday night's nail-biting final

Today, her youngest sister Rhoni (pictured left) told how the hard-fought victory had been the culmination of Sydnie's life work

The two sisters are pictured with their father in a lovely family photograph together

Sydnie's grandmother, Breda Lye, was still wearing her special 'Vote Sydnie Christmas' t-shirt this morning

Sydnie Christmas met singer Teddy Swims the morning after winning Britain's Got Talent

'The songs that I remember her singing all the time was from the film 'Little Mermaid', was it 'Part Of This World'?'

Rhoni revealed how the family had had special 'Vote For Sydnie' t-shirts printed and had urged their neighbours in the village of Meopham to support the 'local girl' in a banner.

Today her grandmother, Breda Lye, 82, was still wearing hers, the night after Sydnie's historic win.

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Sydnie was not at home today – or at work at the local gym where she is a receptionist.

Instead she was enjoying the limelight following her dramatic win last night.

Rhoni said: 'Sydnie's not here. She is up London, doing interviews.' Her proud parents, Mark and Jan, are believed to be with her.

Four generations of the Christmas family – Sydnie, her parents, her grandmother, her sister and her nephew - live in a sprawling five-bedroom house with a huge garden, situated in a private road with thick woodland on the edge of Meopham.

Sydnie grew up in Kent and played rugby as a child but her only dream was to sing in a West End show.

Sydnie grew up in Kent and played rugby as a child but her only dream was to sing in a West End show. Pictured are posters up in the local area

Sydnie has worked on cruise ships including the Royal Caribbean International, where she starred as Rizzo in the musical Grease (pictured)

Sydnie had previously joked that no matter what happened on Sunday night she would be back at work at her local gym on Monday morning

Sydnie went on to appear in a German production of Starlight Express in 2019 as Belle the Bar Car

Sydnie, pictured performing as a back-up singer on the Andrew Marr show, was the favourite to take the top spot ahead of the final after winning her semi-final heat with her rendition of Frank Sinatra's My Way that wowed judges

Long term boyfriend, a fellow musical actor, Max Rizzo from Sciliy. Max is currently signed by an agency who specialise in rising stars

Sydnie, pictured as a child, won the £250,000 prize on Sunday

After winning Britain's Got Talent some might imagine that Sydnie would pull out all the stops to celebrate the biggest night of her life.

However, the singer stuck true to her humble roots and went on a night out with friends at her local Wetherspoons.

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Sydnie had insisted that if she won the £250,000 prize she would be returning to work this morning - joking previously that she has 'rent to pay'.

Her performance on Sunday night - dubbed the best the show has ever seen by head judge Simon Cowell - and throughout the series has captured hearts across Britain, and now it looks like she'll be able to have a crack at her dream of working full time on the West End.

As a result of her victory Sydnie has sealed a coveted place at the Royal Variety Performance, meaning she could perform in front of the likes of King Charles and Prince William - a far cry from the cruise ships she used to sing on.

It seems unlikely that Sydnie will forget her humble beginnings and the hard work she put in to beat ten other outstanding acts with her rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow after a jam-packed episode.

After winning last night the overwhelmed star broke down as she said: 'I don't know what to say! I cannot believe the amount of love I've felt since it aired. It's absolutely - oh my god. I am overwhelmed with love and I wish for one day that everyone feels the way I do. It's amazing, thank you so much.'

She was the favourite to take the top spot ahead of the finalafter winning her semi-final heat with her rendition of Frank Sinatra's My Way that wowed judges.

After her performance on Sunday's final judge Amanda said: 'I know how long you have waited for this moment, it was utterly spellbinding and perfect in every way. It was just gold dust.'

Fellow judge Bruno added: 'That is what I call a show-stopping performance, you took my breath away!', while Aleshasaid: 'You just radiate hope and joy and light - and there was something about that performance and that emotion, I felt it move through my body with you.'

Simon then commented: 'That was really something special. That lyric felt so personal to you about what you must have wanted over the years with a God-given talent like that and for whatever reason you've been ignored. I actually felt very emotional.'

Sydnie has dreamt of being able to work full time on the West End and is hopeful that BGT will be a stepping stone to make that dream a reality.

After winning the overwhelmed star broke down as she said: 'I don't know what to say! I cannot believe the amount of love I've felt since it aired. It's absolutely - oh my god!'

The budding West End star, 28, scooped the coveted £250,000 prize and will get to perform at the Royal Variety Show after impressing judges Bruno Tonioli, Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden and winning over the voting public

Sydnie, pictured with her brother, had previously joked that no matter what happened on Sunday night she would be back at work at her local gym on Monday morning

Sydnie, pictured with her sister, has had lots of family support during the process with her grandmothers watching her first audition at the Palladium

The golden buzzer recipient did face some controversy at the start of the audition process as many fans accused the show for being fixed once viewers realised Sydnie already had a musical career

'In a year's time, I hope I'm living my dream. I want to be doing what I love for a living instead of rolling towels and making shakes!'

Before her BGT audition, Sydnie was considering turning her back on her dreams.

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Speaking to The Mirror, Sydnie said: 'If you'd have told me on New Year's Eve that this would be happening in my life five months later, I would have told you something. So I'm very happy and a very lucky girl.

'I've done loads of auditions to get into the West End. It's always knock backs, always that you don't fit.

'All my mates have got babies and getting married. I'm still trying to afford rent in London! So I thought in my head because nothing was happening for me I'll give it one last go... and here we are today!'

Sydnie appeared in the E4 programme Stage School which ran for two seasons in 2016 and 2017 showcasing the real struggles for students studying performing arts.

The show followed an array of situations ranging from romantic fallouts to stage dramas.

Sydnie has had lots of family support during the process with her grandmothers watching her first audition at the Palladium.

And her long term boyfriend, a fellow musical actor, Max Rizzo from Sciliy.

Max is currently signed by an agency who specialise in rising stars.

Sydnie's performance in the final was dubbed the best the show has ever seen by head judge Simon Cowell

The 28-year-old from Kent works as a receptionist at a local gym on a zero hour contract and has insisted that despite the outcome of Sunday's show, she will be returning to work Monday morning

She has performed professionally but is still waiting for her West End debut.

The golden buzzer recipient did face some controversy at the start of the audition process as many fans accused the show for being fixed once viewers realised Sydnie already had a musical career.

READ MORE Britain's Got Talent's Sydnie Christmas reveals she will return to normal job at the gym even if she wins the show

Sydnie has worked on cruise ships including the Royal Caribbean International, where she starred as Rizzo in the musical Grease.

She made her debut in London as one of the lead voices in Lazarus, featuring the music of David Bowie, at the King's Cross Theatre and shared a snap backstage of Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson after he attended the show.

She then went on to appear in a German production of Starlight Express in 2019 as Belle the Bar Car.

Sydnie won the third live semi-final show on Wednesday after receiving a standing ovation from the whole of the audience after singing her version of Frank Sinatra's My Way.

Judge Amanda Holden was bought to tears, while Simon Cowell, Bruno Tonioli and Alesha Dixon were in utter awe of her talent.

Revealing just how nervous she was she admitted: 'My voice coach had to walk me on to the stage because I was so nervous. I'm very happy it didn't look that way because I was terrified.'

She made her debut in London as one of the lead voices in Lazarus, featuring the music of David Bowie, at the King's Cross Theatre and shared a snap backstage of Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson after he attended the show

Sydnie and her grandmother

Sydnie and her mother

After her performance, all four judges were quickly up on their feet to applaud Sydnie.

Amanda said: 'I have to sit down, I thought I was going to pass out during that. Honestly, Sydnie when we saw your audition I had so many people come up and stop me.

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'And tonight you have done even better, I just cannot believe your capacity and your fire and your strength.'

She's not only a fan favourite but also a favourite amongst the judges.

At a press event both Simon Cowell and Amanda they thought Sydnie had what it takes to win it all.

When asked who would win the show Cowell told reporters: 'I think it's Sydnie, yeah.'

'It feels like a distant memory now,' Sydnie told the Mail. 'I auditioned in January. I feel like my neck has been in my mouth ever since.

'I have wanted to do this for ever. To be on stage, entertain, perform and sing. I went on Britain's Got Talent in the hope that if I was to get on that I could just give it a go.

'I've been doing auditions for so many years and I thought, I haven't got a lot to lose now. I thought to myself, s*d it, let's give it a go, and then everything went so well, which I didn't expect at all.'

She then went on to appear in a German production of Starlight Express in 2019 as Belle the Bar Car

Sydnie Christmas' family 'extremely proud' after BGT win (2024)

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Sydnie Christmas' family 'extremely proud' after BGT win? ›

Speaking at the family's home in rural Kent, Rhoni, 25, told MailOnline: 'I could not even put into words how we are feeling as a family. Sydnie has worked all of her life to get where she is and she deserves it more than anything. We are extremely proud of her. 'Sydnie has been performing from a very young age.

Where does Sydnie Christmas come from? ›

Sydnie Christmas is a Kent stage performer, who also works front of house in a gym.

How old is Sydney Christmas? ›

The budding West End star, 28, scooped the coveted £250,000 prize and a place in the Royal Variety Show after impressing judges Bruno Tonioli, Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden and winning over the voting public at home.

Is Sydney Christmas a professional singer? ›

And she's a "professional"...'. 'Sydnie Christmas a PROFESSIONAL singer, with a song already on Spotify.

Who won the BGT in 2024? ›

11 acts went head to head in Sunday's final, but Sydnie came top in the public vote. She won £250,000 and a spot at the Royal Variety Performance – a big charity event held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which some of the Royal Family attend.

Who won BGT 2 years ago? ›

Series overview
SeriesStartWinner
109 April 2016Richard Jones
1115 April 2017Tokio Myers
1214 April 2018Lost Voice Guy
136 April 2019Colin Thackery
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Does Sydnie Christmas have parents? ›

Her proud parents, Mark and Jan, are believed to be with her. Four generations of the Christmas family – Sydnie, her parents, her grandmother, her sister and her nephew - live in a sprawling five-bedroom house with a huge garden, situated in a private road with thick woodland on the edge of Meopham.

Where in Kent is Sydney Christmas from? ›

Sydnie Christmas, from Gravesham, received a standing ovation from all four judges after her performance earlier this week. The 28-year-old appeared in the live semi-finals of the ITV show on Wednesday and received the most votes from the public.

Has Sydney Christmas performed in the West End? ›

While there have been claims Sydnie has a load of West End experience, the singer says she's never had the privilege, telling the Mirror: 'I've done loads of auditions to get into the West End. It's always knock backs, always that you don't fit.

What is Sydney like at Christmas? ›

The city of Sydney sparkles during the summer holiday season with everything from a traditional Christmas lunch by the harbour to magical lights and plenty of carolling.

How old is Christmas time? ›

The celebration of Christmas started in Rome about 336, but it did not become a major Christian festival until the 9th century.

When did Christmas begin in Australia? ›

According to historical records the first Christmas in Australia was celebrated in December of 1788, almost one full year after their arrival at Sydney Cove.

Did Sydnie Christmas win Britain's Got Talent? ›

Sydnie Christmas is the WINNER of BGT Series 17!

Where did Sydnie Christmas train? ›

After graduating from the D&B Academy of Performing Arts in London in 2014, Sydnie made her debut as one of the lead voices in "Lazarus" at the King's Cross Theatre in London.

What shows has Sydney Christmas been in? ›

Sydnie Christmas' professional singing

She has appeared on TV before too with appearances in Kick Ass 2 movie and reality show Stage School, according to her stage bio. In London, the singer took to the stage in musical Lazarus which features David Bowie's music at the King's Cross Theatre.

Did Immi Davis win Britain's Got Talent? ›

Immi Davis is a singer who reached the Semi-Finals of Series 15 of Britain's Got Talent.

Who won BGT series 11? ›

The eleventh series was won by pianist Tokio Myers, with magician Issy Simpson finishing in second place and comedian Daliso Chaponda third.

Who won BGT 2014 final? ›

Series 8 (2014) — Winner: Collabro

Boyband Collabro became the first ever singing group to win Britain's Got Talent in 2014 and since their win they've gone on to have huge success. The debut album, Stars, went straight to number one run the UK, and their second album, Act 2, went in a number 2 in the album chart.

Who won BGT Season 4? ›

The fourth series was won by gymnastic troupe Spelbound, with dance duo Twist and Pulse finishing in second place and drummer Kieran Gaffney third. During its broadcast, the series averaged around 11 million viewers.

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