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Britain’s Got Talent: Winner Jon Courtenay ‘didn’t want to be sob story’ as he kept skin cancer diagnosis a secret

Britain’s Got Talent winner Jon Courtenay didn’t tell TV producers about his skin cancer diagnosis over fears he would be turned into a ‘sob story’.

The 2020 champion appeared on This Morning today to open up about his revelation that he has been fighting skin cancer, after finding odd-looking moles on his head.

The musical comedian was diagnosed just before he appeared on the series, but decided to hide the diagnosis so he would get a fair shot at the win on his terms.

Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, Jon explained: ‘I know that BGT are making a TV show and it’s almost a cliché now that people have these sob stories when they come on the show, and I didn’t want to be that.

‘I didn’t want it to be about my head. I wanted it to be about the fact that I was trying to have this break in my career after 30 years.’

He added: ‘It was really important, I didn’t want the press to suddenly be “BGT semi-finalist, or whatever, battling.”

‘It would’ve detracted from what I was trying to do, and also I want to make it public to my family and friends. That was a phone thing – I couldn’t have done it in the newspaper or on TV, it would have meant a lot of phone calls and a lot of explanation.’

The moles on Jon’s head were diagnosed in 2020 to be melanomas, and initially Jon only told his wife, and a few of his friends.

Melanoma is caused by skin cells that begin to develop abnormally.

The charming piano player became known for his cheeky songs (Picture: ITV)
Jon broke down when he was declared the 2020 winner (Picture: Dymond/Thames/Syco/REX)

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is thought to cause most melanomas, but there’s evidence to suggest that some may result from sunbed exposure.

Melanoma skin cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the UK and around 16,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Britain’s Got Talent has been cancelled for this year, with the team confirming the series won’t be back on screens until at least 2022.

This is to ensure that a live audience is allowed back in the studio.

Britain’s Got Talent is available for catch-up on ITV.


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