Britain’s Got Talent final 2012: Jonathan and Charlotte are runners-up

Jonathan and Charlotte suffered a devastating blow tonight after narrowly missing out on being named Britain’s Got Talent 2012 champions, losing out to winners, dog act Ashleigh and Pudsey.

The opera duo had been tipped as the most likely act to steal the title tonight, becoming early favourites for the championship following their stunning audition at the start of the competition.

But despite the disappointment, Jonathan Antoine, 17, and Charlotte Jaconelli, 16, still placed a very respectable second place.

After hearing the news that they are the BGT 2012 runners-up, a gracious but slightly upset Charlotte said: “Oh my god we came second out of 70,000 people, it’s incredible, it’s been amazing.”

Male choir Only Boyd Aloud placed third in tonight's grand final, after a beautiful performance of Calon Lan.

Earlier this evening opera duo Jonathan and Charlotte gave a stunning performance of The Prayer during the grand final, leading to a standing ovation from the judges and the audience.

From their very first audition, the pair were early favourites to win BGT 2012.

They turned up on stage looking like stereotypical students, dressed down in casual clothes. But when they opened their mouths and began to sing the first few lines of classical song The Prayer, it became quite clear Charlotte and Jonathan had an amazing talent, with both the judges and the audience getting up from their seats to reward the duo with a standing ovation.

They became overnight sensations, with people around the world logging on to the internet to check out Jonathan and Charlotte’s audition.

Returning for the semi-final stage of the contest, Charlotte and Jonathan decided to perform the moving classical song Caruso. Simon Cowell had previously advised Jonathan to lose Charlotte as he felt he had a stronger vocal presence on his own. But when the duo came back, Charlotte opened the performance with an extremely strong vocal, proving that she had something truly valuable to offer the act.

And Simon even took back his previous criticism, commenting: “There is a lot at stake here and like I said at the first audition Charlotte, I believed you were holding Jonathan back.  And you made the decision to stay together, Jonathan, and I have to say that was the best decision you could have made.”

The pair were a huge hit with the judges and audience at home, winning the highest number of votes from the public, automatically securing them a place in tonight’s grand final.

But tonight Jonathan and Charlotte just missed out on winning Britain’s Got Talent 2012, instead placing second in the contest. It’s a great achievement however – with former BGT acts such as singer Susan Boyle, who also placed second in 2009, going on to achieve worldwide fame and success. Well done guys!

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