Derbyshire busker Maxwell Thorpe reveals that singing saved his life on Britain's Got Talent

Despite powerful semi-final and final performances, Derbyshire busker Maxwell Thorpe took a runners-up spot on this week’s Britain’s Got Talent.

Monday, 6th June 2022, 9:11 am

The show, hosted by Ant and Dec, was back on ITV for one final time as ten hopefuls looked to impress Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams, and the great British public.

The top prize was the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance, and £250,000.

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BGT finalist Maxwell Thorpe

The final welcomed back the acts who impressed the judges as well as the golden buzzer performers, singer Loren Allred, comedian Axel Blake, dancers Born to Perform, magician Keiichi Iwasaki and singer/songwriter and musician Flintz & T4ylor.

Opera singer Maxwell, who started his musical career busking in Bakewell and Chesterfield, was favourite with bookmakers William Hill to win the live shows.

Despite this, the final three places went to singing teacher Tom Ball, young ventriloquist Jamie Leahey and the outright winner was comedian Axel Blake.

Maxwell has been busking for ten years and has been seen regularly belting out songs in the centre of Sheffield and Chesterfield.

The winner - Alex Blake

In the first semi final aired on May 21, the 32-year-old won four yeses from the judges and a standing ovation at his audition.

Maxwell, who featured last August in the Festival on the Square event on Tudor Square, Sheffield, is a classically-trained opera singer.

He performs opera, West End musical classics and opera-crossover versions of well-known hits.

Maxwell Thorpe

Maxwell also appeared on a song recorded by Sheffield hitmaker Elliot Kennedy in December 2020. Called Sailing on Tears, it was released to raise money for Refugee Action in the UK.

The baritone has performed several times in concert with Stannington Brass Band, who say they love his “amazing voice”.

Maxwell said on the live show: “Singing has got me through some hard times, it’s saved my life.

"The song (I’m singing) is about realising your own power and potential and I’m starting to understand that.

"I have a three-year-old son who lives in Norway with his mum. I hope one day he can watch this and follow his dreams.”