Paralysed Jonathan Goodwin’s wife hails ‘incredible’ BGT stuntman after 30ft fall

THE wife of a stuntman who performed on BGT has praised his bravery after he was left paralyzed after a stunt went wrong.

Jonathan Goodwin was performing a stunt on America’s Got Talent: Extreme when he fell 30 feet while being hung upside down in between two suspended cars.

The former BGT escapologist, 42, says his injuries are “likely” to be permanent as he opened up about his diagnosis.

Speaking about the incident, Jonathan’s fiancée actress Amanda Abbington, 48, revealed: “He fell 30 feet and lost a kidney, broke both shoulder blades, shattered both legs.

“Third degree burns, broke his spine and severed his spinal cord and, nearly died. And then on the operating table, he nearly died again.”

Despite the life-altering injuries, Amanda explained he has remained “positive and upbeat and so strong”.

“His courage and his strength is something that I just aspire to be like. He’s just incredible, honestly, like so happy, just like a very happy, positive human being, just liquid sunshine. He’s amazing.”

Follow our Britain’s Got Talent live blog for all the latest updates…

  • The dress that sparked issues with viewers

    It did not take viewers long to once again have issue with Alesha’s fashion choices.

    She wore a blush pink Idan Cohen gown to the finale which showed off her toned legs.

    While the embellished top half of the dress covered her entirely, viewers were not happy about the two sheer panels on her waist.

    The dress also featured a long train on the front and back which showed her long legs.

  • Simon Cowell confirms tribute to Nightbirde

    The death of the singer rippled through those involved in America’s Got Talent.

    The 62-year-old music mogul serves as a judge on the American version of Britain’s Got Talent and spoke fondly of the singer.

    He tweeted: “Heart breaking news to hear about @_nightbirde, she was an extraordinary person, so brave, so talented.”

    Jane ‘Nightbirde’ Marczewski sang an original song for her live audition and Simon granted her the golden buzzer.

    Unfortunately, the cancer spread leaving the 31-year-old too frail to take part in the quarter finals, leading to her eventual passing in February.

  • Amanda Holden left in tears over Armed Forces Chidrens choir

    ARMED Forces children who won the hearts of Britain’s Got Talent judges say singing helps them cope with the weeks their mums and dads are away.

    Their choir is made up of six to 18-year-olds whose parents are serving or have served in the military.

    Seven-year-old Isadora, whose dad is in the RAF, said that joinand ing the Voices of Armed Forces Children Choir had helped distract her when he is not there.

    She said: “The choir is special to me because I make lots of friends and when I’m feeling sad the choir makes me feel happy.

    “When I am at home and Daddy is away, it feels a bit sad and lonely a bit boring, too. It feels really exciting when he comes home. The first thing when I see Daddy is give him a big hug and kiss.”

    The choir won a standing ovation from the judges, who were moved to tears by pictures of their parents shown on a screen.

    Amanda Holden, 51, said: “I’m a mess. It’s incredibly unselfish of you to lend them to us for our own safety.”

  • hild star Malaki Paul is unrecognisable 10 years after the show

    MALAKI Paul left judges in awe when he appeared on Britain’s Got Talent back in 2012.

    Now 10 years later, the child star is unrecognisable, carving out a career for himself in the music and television industry.

    Back on the ITV show, the youngster – now aged 20 – gave an emotional rendition of Beyoncé’s Listen but things came to an abrupt halt when nerves got the best of him and he broke down in tears.

    There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as his mother ran out on star to comfort her nine-year-old son.

    Judge Alesha Dixon also rushed out from her seat and helped to calm Malaki’s nerves before he started his audition again.

    Once he’d finished singing there was praise all round as Alesha said he was “a natural raw talent”, while David Walliams admitted his performance was a “really special audition”.

  • Simon Cowell reveals retirement plans

    SIMON Cowell has revealed when he plans to retire – and it might be a surprise to some.

    With his Britain’s Got Talent contract ending in 2025, Simon has been looking to the future.

    “I’ll never retire,” he said, speaking to The Sun from his mansion in Malibu.

    “I would never, ever do that. I think you’ve got to have a job you hate to retire. Thank God I have a job I still love.”

    He continued: “If you have a great idea and believe you can make it happen, there’s always the chance you can. This show is an example.

    “It was dead in the water. I couldn’t get arrested with it.

    “No one wanted to buy it. I just got really lucky that NBC bought it in America, because if they hadn’t we wouldn’t be having this conversation today. It was over.

    “That’s the way thing happen sometimes I certainly wouldn’t have predicted then that however many years ago we’d be having a conversation like this still talking about a talent show.

    “The great thing is there are still amazing people out there with great stories and talent they want to share.

    “I look at this show like it’s a bubble. It’s a happy bubble, a funny bubble.

    “It will hopefully still be around because we all need that escape sometimes.”

    Asked when he’ll leave Britain’s Got Talent, he said: “I’ll be committing until 2025 – that’s when the contract runs to.”

  • Inside Alesha Dixon’s huge Hertfordshire home

    ALESHA Dixon has seen her career soar over the last few decades, since launching to fame in girl band Mis-Teeq – and so has her bank balance.

    The BGT judge, 43, now has an incredible home to fit her incredible lifestyle.

    Step inside her posh pad and you’ll find £1,300 mirrors, a state-of-the gym and huge garden – that fans recently mistook for a park.

    No expense has been spared in this luxury house.

    Alesha keeps her incredible physique with her impressive gym which features cardio equipment, as well as a dumbbell rack and an exercise ball.

    A giant flat-screen TV also hangs in the corner to keep her entertained while she works out.

    Read more here.

  • Worst witch

    Fans watched in horror as Alesha Dixon stormed off Britain’s Got Talent after being covered in cockroaches.

    A spooky witch terrified the nation when he thrusted an apple in their faces – which then exploded into a cluster of creepy crawlies.

  • Britain’s got heroes

    ITV viewers were left reaching for the tissues after a group called 5 Star Boys performed on Saturday night.

    Beau, 12, Toby, 11, Adam, 10, Joey, 10 and Ollie, 11 said they were “excited and nervous” to be performing on the biggest talent show in the country.

    The youngsters explained they had been bullied in the past for being dancers, so the performance meant a lot to them.

    When asked why they wanted to take part in the show, they said: “We are trying to spread the word for boys who dance because it’s not always easy for us because we get bullied.

    “We kind of just want to say to ourselves ‘we know we are better than them’.

  • Lost Voice Guy – Cerebral LOLsy

    Lost Voice Guy performed in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday to the biggest crowd it’s seen this year.

    Lee Ridley, who performs as Lost Voice Guy has Cerebral Palsy but uses the condition to make people laugh.

    Performing his show, Cerebral LOLsy in Burnham-On-Sea, he drew 160 people – the largest number they’ve had all yer.

    The winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2018 told the audience he’s found zoom performances difficult: “Comedy relies on interaction with the audience, and you just don’t get that when you’re looking into a webcam in your kitchen telling jokes in your boxer shorts.”

  • Who presents BGT?

    Ant & Dec (Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly) are the presenters of Britain’s Got Talent.

    They have hosted the show together since Series 1, and have been given the same Golden Buzzer rights as the Judges since Series 8.

    In Series 12, Ant was involved in a drink-driving incident, which left Dec to host the live shows solo.

  • How did Ant sustain a head injury during BGT filming?

    As an act involving dozens of coconuts was set up on stage, Ant did his best to crack one using different parts of his body.

    Firstly, he punched it, which left him grimacing and shaking his fist.

    He said: “Do not punch coconuts kids, it really hurts.

    Fans of the star needn’t worry though, as the small wound wasn’t serious, in fact Ant didn’t even know he was bleeding until Dec pointed it out to him.

  • 5 Star Boys leave BGT fans in tears

    ITV viewers were left reaching for the tissues after a group called 5 Star Boys performed on Saturday night.

    Beau, 12, Toby, 11, Adam, 10, Joey, 10 and Ollie, 11 said they were “excited and nervous” to be performing on the biggest talent show in the country.

    The youngsters explained they had been bullied in the past for being dancers, so the performance meant a lot to them.

    When asked why they wanted to take part in the show, they said: “We are trying to spread the word for boys who dance because it’s not always easy for us because we get bullied.

    “We kind of just want to say to ourselves ‘we know we are better than them’.

  • Amanda’s horror

    AMANDA Holden watched in horror as a young girl was thrown from a huge human tower in a terrifying BGT audition.

    The Freaks performed a jaw-dropping routine in front of the four judges.

    Their performance starts with a range of impressive flips and tricks.

    But while they are doing that there are members of the group piling on top of each other to create a human tower.

    A young girl was thrown to the top and her teammate held her in place.

    She was suddenly thrown backwards and caught by others, and Amanda could not contain her shock.

  • BGT’s Rosie O’Sullivan unrecognisable after weight loss

    BRITAIN’s Got Talent singer Rosie O’Sullivan looks worlds away from her appearance on the show when she weighed 30 stone.

    The powerhouse captivated fans with her amazing voice nine years ago and went on to reach the BGT semi finals in 2013.

    And her time in the spotlight did more than make her want to be a full-time singer, it transformed her life.

    Rosie, 28, is now unrecognisable since she had £20,000 of surgery to overhaul her body as she continues to dream of stardom and her plans to start a family.

    She announced on Instagram last night that she is pregnant with her first child.

    The pretty brunette wrote alongside a shot of her baby scan: “We Cannot Wait To Meet You Little One, Our Hearts Are So Full Of Love, You Really Are Our Little Miracle, Sent From Above.

    Read more here.

  • Who are the past BGT winners?

    BRITAIN’S Got Talent is back for a fifteenth series, with competitors across the country battling to become the 2022 champ.

    Here are some of the past winners:

    • Paul Potts – 2007
    • George Sampson – 2008
    • Diversity – 2009
    • Spelbound – 2010
    • Jai McDowell – 2011
    • Ashleigh and Pudsey – 2012
    • Attraction – 2013
    • Collabro – 2014
    • Jules O’Dwyer & Matisse – 2015
    • Richard Jones – 2016
    • Tokio Myers – 2017
    • Lost Voice Guy – 2018
    • Colin Thackery – 2019
    • Jon Courtenay – 2020

    Read more about the acts here.

  • Fans convinced they’ve spotted ‘proof’ of who’s behind terrifying Witch act

    BGT fans are convinced they’ve spotted “proof” of who’s behind the terrifying Witch act.

    The terrifying act spooked everyone out during Saturday night’s instalment of the ITV show.

    Since then a number of fans have tried to figure out who it is behind the costume.

    Some think that it’s TV presenter Stephen Mulhern.

    One viewer replied to a tweet about the theory of it being Declan Donnelly with: “StephenMulhern me thinks,” and a pondering emoji.

    Another said: “Quite possibly with him been a magician and is always the bridesmaid and never the bride, this might be his moment haha.”

  • Simon Cowell on BGT returning this year

    Talking about missing out on a year of BGT for the first-time in the show’s history due to the pandemic, judge Simon Cowell said: “As much as I didn’t want to not make the show last year, we just couldn’t at that point, it would have been literally impossible.

    “We had to stop it at the last moment – it was a difficult decision to make but it was the right one.

    “I think off the back of that, when we did all get back together, we realised how much we enjoy making the show.

    “We did miss each other, we get on and work well together.”

  • BGT fans say The Witch is ‘the scariest act ever’

    BRITAIN’S Got Talent fans have complained their children were unable to sleep after watching the show’s terrifying witch last night.

    The creepy crone, who stalked the panel handing out apples – one of which exploded in a shower of cockroaches – has been dubbed the series’ scariest act ever.

    One viewer complained about the ITV show tweeting: “My kids just came back downstairs crying because they can’t sleep because of the witch.”

    They added, alongside a shot of the character cackling: “Britain’s Got Talent done me dirty here!”

    Another posted: “Glad that was shown after the watershed. Kids be pooping themselves. My 10 year old was behind a pillow.”

    A third shuddered: “I have still got that in my head. Need to watch a other show before I go to bed.”

  • BGT singer Rosie O’Sullivan is unrecognisable now

    BRITAIN’s Got Talent singer Rosie O’Sullivan looks worlds away from her appearance on the show when she weighed 30 stone.

    The powerhouse captivated fans with her amazing voice nine years ago and went on to reach the BGT semi finals in 2013.

    And her time in the spotlight did more than make her want to be a full-time singer, it transformed her life.

    Rosie, 28, is now unrecognisable since she had £20,000 of surgery to overhaul her body as she continues to dream of stardom and her plans to start a family.

    She announced on Instagram last night that she is pregnant with her first child.

  • BGT star Jonathan Goodman seen for first time in wheelchair

    BRITAIN’S Got Talent star Jonathan Goodwin has shared his first picture in a wheelchair after being paralysed in a dangerous stunt.

    The 42-year-old nearly died when he fell on his head from 30ft above the ground while rehearsing a daring escapology act.

  • The dress that sparked issues with viewers

    It did not take viewers long to once again have issue with Alesha’s fashion choices.

    She wore a blush pink Idan Cohen gown to the finale which showed off her toned legs.

    While the embellished top half of the dress covered her entirely, viewers were not happy about the two sheer panels on her waist.

    The dress also featured a long train on the front and back which showed her long legs.

  • Simon Cowell confirms tribute to Nightbirde

    The death of the singer rippled through those involved in America’s Got Talent.

    The 62-year-old music mogul serves as a judge on the American version of Britain’s Got Talent and spoke fondly of the singer.

    He tweeted: “Heart breaking news to hear about @_nightbirde, she was an extraordinary person, so brave, so talented.”

    Jane ‘Nightbirde’ Marczewski sang an original song for her live audition and Simon granted her the golden buzzer.

    Unfortunately, the cancer spread leaving the 31-year-old too frail to take part in the quarter finals, leading to her eventual passing in February.

  • Amanda Holden left in tears over Armed Forces Chidrens choir

    ARMED Forces children who won the hearts of Britain’s Got Talent judges say singing helps them cope with the weeks their mums and dads are away.

    Their choir is made up of six to 18-year-olds whose parents are serving or have served in the military.

    Seven-year-old Isadora, whose dad is in the RAF, said that joinand ing the Voices of Armed Forces Children Choir had helped distract her when he is not there.

    She said: “The choir is special to me because I make lots of friends and when I’m feeling sad the choir makes me feel happy.

    “When I am at home and Daddy is away, it feels a bit sad and lonely a bit boring, too. It feels really exciting when he comes home. The first thing when I see Daddy is give him a big hug and kiss.”

    The choir won a standing ovation from the judges, who were moved to tears by pictures of their parents shown on a screen.

    Amanda Holden, 51, said: “I’m a mess. It’s incredibly unselfish of you to lend them to us for our own safety.”

  • BGT panel is 10 years old, but perhaps its time has passed

    This year is the 10th year since the panel came together for the first time, but viewership isn’t what it used to be.

    The show reached it’s peak in 2009 in its third season with a 13.36 million average when Diversity were crowned winners.

    Since then the number of BGT viewers has continued to reduce, reaching a record low last season with 8.15 million viewers.

    Perhaps it should end on a high?

  • ‘I lost my £90k Britain’s Got Talent fortune’

    BRITAIN’S Got Talent star Francine Lewis has revealed her heartbreak after being scammed out of £90,000 by a phoney stocks company.

    The mum, 47, who shot to fame for her hilarious impressions of celebs in 2013, was swindled out of her savings after being tricked by the devious “brokers”.

    She lost the life-changing £90,000 – which she had earned from her time on Britain’s Got Talent and from tours and corporate events she did after the show.

    Devastated Francine told The Sun Online: “I had a little gut feeling. I spoke to the guys myself, they were so convincing, so even I got suckered in.

    “Stupidly, I handed all this money over, went to my bank, drew it out.

    “What was even worse, I handed them all my kids’ money that I had been saving from when they were born.

    “That for me was the worst part of it. In the end, it ended up being a scam. That little bit of a gut, which I prayed wasn’t going to be right, was right in the end.”

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here