Britain's Got Talent star says Ant and Dec were left exhausted by Champions show

Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions is about to wrap up with a spellbinding finale after celebrating some of its best acts throughout the years.

But despite the pre-recorded special being a hit with fans, it turns out the cast and crew were left exhausted after filming the entire series in just one week.

British magician and soldier Richard Jones, who didn’t quite make it through to the final round, opened up on what went down behind the scenes.

And to be frank, we’re tired just hearing about it.

When chatting to The Sun, he explained: ‘It was all in one week. I think it was Wednesday to Tuesday.’

The star went onto discuss how Ant and Dec as well as the judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden held it together.

‘The Britain’s Got Talent team are amazing,’ he confessed to the publication: ‘I don’t know how they do it but they hardly sleep at all in that week because they’re so busy.’

The contestant added: ‘But they’re always on form, always lovely and they’re a really switched-on team. I don’t know how they manage it.’

Richard dedicated his act to war veteran and magician Fergus Anckorn.

But while fans cheered on for David Walliams to give the star his golden buzzer, the comedian held off and instead decided to send the salsa dancers Paddy and Nicko through to the final.

‘There are very few acts you can watch with a smile on your face and tears in your eyes,’ the 48-year-old told the dancers after they received a standing ovation.

‘This is one of the most joyous, most beautiful, most life-affirming acts we’ve ever had on Britain’s Got Talent.

‘So let’s not mess about. Let’s do this for everybody here.’

Speaking about the buzzer, Paddy said: ‘Just incredible. David, thank you so much. David is a very special name to me, it was my husband’s name, thank you so much.’

Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions final airs tonight at 8.30pm on ITV.

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