Donchez Dacres wins hearts but not Britain's Got Talent final

By Charlotte Callear | Penn | Wolverhampton entertainment | Published:

The nation’s favourite singing AA man Donchez Dacres won the hearts of millions but narrowly missed out on being crowned winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2018.

Wolverhampton mechanic and singer Donchez Dacres in the final of Britain's Got Talent 2018

His lively Wiggle Wine performances saw the father-of-four from Wolverhampton take third place in tonight’s live final of the ITV talent show.

As the vote was revealed, Donchez said: “I feel fantastic. It is out of this world. Thank you so much for voting for me and thank you so much for loving Wiggle Wine.”

WATCH Donchez's Britain's Got Talent final performance:

Donchez brings the CARNIVAL to the BGT Final! | The Final | BGT 2018

He was David Walliam’s golden buzzer choice and wiggled his way to be one of 11 entertainers – from musical comedians to Vietnamese gymnasts – who competed to take the top prize.

The crowd went wild for Donchez as he made his striking entrance in a golden suit on the shoulders of a muscular man through the crowd to the judges’ table where he danced and sang his popular number.

The 61-year-old arrived on the shoulders of another man

After the performance Judge David Walliams blasted his air horn and said: “You are so cool, so sexy and lets not forget you work for the AA. How has all this happened? I do not know but I want you to win this show so much.”


Alesha Dixon called Wiggle Wine the ‘anthem of Britain’s Got Talent 2018’ while Simon Cowell branded it ‘the most fun performance we have had the entire night’.

But it was not quite enough to beat the night’s winner Lost Voice Guy who took the £250,000 prize and a spot at the Royal Variety Performance.

Donchez wiggling and wining at the Hammersmith Apollo in London

Donchez said ahead of the performance: “I never thought I stood a chance. I never thought it was real but it is real.


“I am so touched by the public voting for me to go through. It is a beautiful feeling.”

Donchez Dacres in the final of Britain's Got Talent 2018

The 61-year-old’s first audition with his original song Wiggle Wine has been viewed more than 11 million times on YouTube.

It earned a golden buzzer from David Walliams, shooting the star from Penn straight to the semi-finals in which 40 acts attempted to woo the judges and voting public.

He went on to win the second semi-final with a colourful performance of the song but on a golden throne with dancers on the stage and carnival dancers in the audience.

Charlotte Callear

By Charlotte Callear

Reporter based at the Express & Star's Wolverhampton head office


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