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Britain's Got Talent Golden Buzzer winner hits back at viewer complaints

Sydnie Christmas has broken her silence after being criticised for her performance on Britain's Got Talent. The singer surprised the judges with her rendition of Tomorrow from the iconic song Annie, after which Amanda Holden awarded her the first Golden Buzzer of the series – taking her straight through to the live final.

Sydnie, 28, was understandably delighted with the outcome of her audition, but viewers at home were quick to criticise the decision to give her the Golden Buzzer. When they searched the singer's social media, they found that she had previously appeared in Starlight Express – leading some to claim she had not been honest about her experience in show business.

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Sydnie surprised the jury with her interpretation of “Tomorrow” from the hit musical Annie – Source: ITV

However, Sydnie appeared on Lorraine today, Monday 22 April, to talk about the backlash and set the record straight about her career. She denied ever having performed in the West End and admitted it was her dream to do so.

“You've worked hard, you've worked on cruise ships, but you've never been to the West End?” Lorraine Kelly asked her. Sydnie insisted: “No!”

Lorraine added: “You've never done this before. You've always wanted to do this. That's your dream, isn't it?” To which Sydnie replied: “I just aspire, I want to be a leading lady. That's the dream! That's the goal.”

When asked why she decided to audition for BGT, Sydnie replied that she hoped it would “open a door” for her, before adding that musical star Marisha Wallace inspired her choice of songs on the show.

“When I first heard this version, I heard it by Marisha Wallace. I thought, I have to try this. It was just incredible. The song speaks to so many people who do it. To do it as an adult, to do it the way Marisha did it, it has a completely different meaning,” she said of the Annie track she chose.

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Sydnie appeared on Lorraine to talk about her BGT audition – Image credit: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Sydnie studied at the D&B Academy of Performing Arts in London in 2014 and then worked on cruise ships, including the Royal Caribbean International. According to her stage biography, she has already appeared in the reality show Stage School and the film Kick Ass 2. In 2019, she played the lead role in Starlight Express in Germany and in London she appeared in the musical Lazarus.

After being awarded the Golden Buzzer by Amanda, 53, on BGT, Sydnie said her dream was to “be on stage”. She said: “I pinched myself. I thought, this can't be real… This kind of thing doesn't happen to people like me. I've always wanted to do this. Be on stage, entertain, perform and sing.”