BGT’s Jon Courtenay using £250k prize to ‘pay overdraft’ after racking up debts

Britain's Got Talent winner Jon Courtenay's £250,000 prize money will help the family out of a "tough situation" following months of no work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The singer who won the 2020 season of the show has admitted that his overdraft saw his family get through the lockdown period.

Jon, 47, had been a cruise ship singer before finding fame on the ITV variety competition but work soon came to a halt when the cruising industry faced restrictions due to the pandemic.

Speaking to The Sun, the champ admitted that he hadn't worked since the world went into lockdown, in March.

"We have no savings. I have been working continuously but haven’t been earning hundreds of thousands of pounds a year, my wife has been a stay-at-home mum. This money has really got us out of a tough situation," he said.

Speaking about how he will spend the prize money, Jon added: "Short of paying off our overdraft, I've got friends and family that I can help out. I'm also going to give a lot of money to needy children because I've got children."

Wife Emma, 44, takes care of their two sons, Nathan, 15, and Alfie, nine, while Jon is working away.

Nathan will now receive the Millennium Falcon Star Wars lego kit that Jon had promised him on his audition day.

Jon came in first place after receiving 33.7 per cent of the public vote following his performance.

Had he not won the show, which also saw him land a slot at the prestigious Royal Variety Show – he said he wouldn't have known when he would next receive a paycheque.

During his winning performance, Jon reflected on the turbulent events of 2020 which saw the world face unprecedented levels of uncertainty.

Judge Alesha Dixon was left in tears, saying it was the "perfect" way to sum up the year.

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