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Man with Cerebral Palsy Wins 'Britain's Got Talent' with Hilarious Comedy Act

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“Britain’s Got Talent” first premiered in 2007, one year after “America’s Got Talent” began. It was a show that aimed to showcase the plentiful and diverse talents around the nation and help people’s dreams come true.

For many years, audiences have fallen in love with countless contestants from singers to dancers and comedians to magicians.

This year, the finale was biggest since 2015 with an average of 8.7 million viewers across the globe, all waiting to hear who would be the crowned the winner of this season.

The two finalists were Robert White, a musical comedian with Asperger’s syndrome, and Lost Voice Guy, a comedian with cerebral palsy.

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Asperger’s syndrome is a type of autism, generally in the higher functioning end of the spectrum. People who have Asperger’s may be socially awkward and become very interested in specific topics.

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that is caused by an injury to the brain before, during, or immediately after birth. This injury causes loss or impairment of motor function.

Cerebra palsy has made Lost Voice Guy Lee Ridley unable to speak, so for his acts, he used a voice synthesizer to share his jokes.



Both of the finalists were loved by the audience and gave hope to the viewers who knew someone with similar disabilities.

After the 2.5 million votes, Lost Voice Guy was announced as the winner of the 2018 Britain’s Got Talent season, and his reaction was nothing short of heartwarming.

Ridley, who is the first comedian to win the show, has faced many challenges throughout his life. He was a journalist before he began his career in comedy and started tours in 2012, and his win has already become an inspiration to all people with disabilities.



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Now, as the winner, he will perform for Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Performance.

“I have been blown away by the support of the judges and the general public,” said Ridley with his synthesizer. “I’m very excited to perform in front of the queen. I’ve loved her since she sang ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.'”

His jokes filled the room with laughs during his performance at the finale. The one that made everyone laugh was, “I started off in a disabled Steps tribute band. We were called Ramps.”

Ridley, as well as White, both have stories of dreams and struggles. But with hard work and determination, they were able to reach the finale of this popular talent show.

Both finalists will undoubtedly continue to inspire others who have struggled to overcome obstacles by showing them that nothing is impossible when you work hard to achieve your dreams.

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Allison Kofol is an editorial intern for The Western Journal. She is a student at Grove City College and will receive her Bachelor's Degree in Communication next year.
Allison Kofol is an editorial intern for The Western Journal. She is a student at Grove City College and will receive her Bachelor's Degree in Communication next year. In her spare time, she sings, writes music, crochets, and eats Chick-fil-A. She also loves to spend time at a local jail, where she leads Bible studies with incarcerated women.
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