Britain’s Got Talent winner Axel Blake reveals his Amazon Prime show was self-financed


Professional comedian Axel Blake, the winner of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, has revealed his Amazon Prime show was self-financed after fans claim the ITV final was a ‘fix’.

The funnyman, 33, appeared on Lorraine on Monday and opened up about the controversy over a show of his – Axel Blake: I’m Not Gonna Lie – on the streaming service.

He has also presented for well known channels such as SBTV and UNILAD and many of his comedy sketches have gone viral.

Speaking out: Comedian Axel Blake, the winner of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, has revealed his Amazon Prime show was self-financed after fans claim the ITV final was a ‘fix’

Axel, who was crowned in last night’s final, revealed that his show was self-financed and stressful – and he didn’t know Amazon Prime were going to pick it up. 

He set the record straight as he told host Lorraine: ‘I put that show on myself. I put my money where my mouth is and I achieved that… It looks like ‘Oh my gosh, it’s Amazon Prime’, but if they saw the back end, it didn’t look like that financially, a lot of stress…

The Comedian revealed he even borrowed money to follow his dreams: ‘I had to borrow from other people, to say, ‘Listen, I need to do something, I’ve already put the deposit down and stuff… 

Fame: The funnyman, 33, appeared on Lorraine on Monday and opened up about the controversy over a show of his - Axel Blake: I'm Not Gonna Lie - on the streaming service

Fame: The funnyman, 33, appeared on Lorraine on Monday and opened up about the controversy over a show of his – Axel Blake: I’m Not Gonna Lie – on the streaming service

Star: He has also presented for well known channels such as SBTV and UNILAD and many of his comedy sketches have gone viral

Star: He has also presented for well known channels such as SBTV and UNILAD and many of his comedy sketches have gone viral

Comedian: Axel, who was crowned in last night's final, revealed that his show was self-financed and stressful - and he didn't know Amazon Prime were going to pick it up

Comedian: Axel, who was crowned in last night’s final, revealed that his show was self-financed and stressful – and he didn’t know Amazon Prime were going to pick it up

He added: ‘Then after that, Amazon picked it up. So it wasn’t for Amazon Prime. I didn’t know they were going to pick it up. That was like a year later.’

Who Is Axel Blake?  

  • Axel is a 33-year-old property maintenance manager from West London
  • He has a fiancée and two children: a teenage son and a young daughter
  • He has presented for the likes of SBTV and UNILAD  
  • His comedy sketches have went viral in the past

Axel – who is a property maintenance manager – has a fiancée and two children: a teenage son and a young daughter.

On saying he went on BGT for his son, Axel said: ‘The reason I said that was because I just wanted him to see you can do anything you put your mind to. [I told him], ‘Think of something that you want and believe in yourself.’

On being nervous before performing, he explained: ‘The nerves go after the first laughs come in – that’s it.’ 

Viewers took to Twitter to share their opinion about the live final.

One wrote: ‘So a guy that’s already done shows and is a professional comedian wins #BGT ? Also, he was Simon’s golden buzzer! #Fix The show should be for amateurs trying to make a name for their-self!!

Another said: ‘What a fix#bgt is Jamie was absolutely amazing bless him and totally deserved to win . How can they let someone who is already professional win it shouldn’t be allowed!!!’

A third said: ‘I thought it was a show for amateurs not people that already have their own show!!’

Family: Axel - who is a property maintenance manager - has a fiancée and two children: a teenage son and a young daughter

Family: Axel – who is a property maintenance manager – has a fiancée and two children: a teenage son and a young daughter

Speaking out: Viewers were quick to share their opinions on Twitter after the live show on Sunday night

Speaking out: Viewers were quick to share their opinions on Twitter after the live show on Sunday night 

The comedian impressed judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams, the live ITV audience and viewers at home with his latest bout of quips and quick wit on Sunday night.

The talent show winner, who was Simon’s golden buzzer act, said: ‘I am shaking. It means the world to me. There are not even words to explain – I can’t believe it!’ 

When it was Axel’s time to shine during the grand finale, Simon’s feedback was drowned out by the rapturous cheers and applause.

Emotional: He impressed judges Simon Cowell , Alesha Dixon , Amanda Holden and David Walliams , the live ITV audience and viewers at home with his latest bout of quips and quick wit on Sunday night

Emotional: He impressed judges Simon Cowell , Alesha Dixon , Amanda Holden and David Walliams , the live ITV audience and viewers at home with his latest bout of quips and quick wit on Sunday night

Moment to remember: The talent show winner, who was Simon's golden buzzer act, said: 'I am shaking. It means the world to me. There are not even words to explain - I can’t believe it!'

Disbelief: Axel becomes the show's 15th winner

Moment to remember: The talent show winner, who was Simon’s golden buzzer act, said: ‘I am shaking. It means the world to me. There are not even words to explain – I can’t believe it!’

Stage presence: When it was Axel's time to shine during the grand finale, Simon's feedback was drowned out by the rapturous cheers and applause

Stage presence: When it was Axel’s time to shine during the grand finale, Simon’s feedback was drowned out by the rapturous cheers and applause

‘I feel really emotional for you right now. It’s not just how brilliant you are, it’s how much I like you and how everyone likes you. I believe we have found a star,’ the Got Talent franchise founder said.

David added: ‘That was a winning performance in every way. You are a superstar.’

The series 15 runner-up was ventriloquist Jamie Leahey, who, accompanied by his confidante, chicken Chuck, wowed the judges with his latest, standing-ovation worthy performance.

Entertainer: The series 15 runner-up was ventriloquist Jamie Leahey, who, accompanied by his confidante, chicken Chuck, wowed the judges with his latest, standing-ovation worthy performance

Confidence: The teen melted Ant's heart and reduced Amanda to tears

Entertainer: The series 15 runner-up was ventriloquist Jamie Leahey, who, accompanied by his confidante, chicken Chuck, wowed the judges with his latest, standing-ovation worthy performance

Of being runner-up, the 13-year-old told hosts Ant and Dec: ‘It’s amazing! I’d like to say thanks for all the support.’

Placing third was secondary school teacher Tom Ball, who garnered praise once more for his astonishing vocal ability.

Tom said of his third place award: ‘This is more than I could’ve asked for. Back to school Tuesday, can’t wait!’

Stealing the show: Placing third was secondary school teacher Tom Ball, who received rave reviews once more for his astonishing v;ocal ability

Stealing the show: Placing third was secondary school teacher Tom Ball, who garnered praise once more for his astonishing vocal ability

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