Britain's Got Talent magician X's identity has been revealed as last year's star Marc Spellman.

X had kept his identity under wraps during the audition phase and the semi-final this week and hadn't even spoken on stage before.

The talented illusionist finally took off the creepy white mask to show who was hiding beneath – and it was a very familiar face.

The judges' jaw were left on the desk when Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly's 2018 golden buzzer act held his arms out.

He said: "It was always about hope. I’m never giving up. It’s been an honour sharing X with you. I’m X."

The reveal was made using a powerful montage of his previous performances which ended with Ant repeating: "Imagine at the end he take it off and it's someone we know?"

The trick was a year in the planning as Marc's daughter was seen sleeping in her cot next to a book with the word 'hope' written on it.

This was the same word that Simon picked during the semi-final and that he got the entire audience to choose in the final.

Ant and Dec were jumping up and down with excitement – and even Simon Cowell didn't know the secret.

David Walliams joked: "Thank god it wasn't Stephen Mulhern."

While Simon Cowell admitted he would never have guessed it "in a million years".

Marc got Ant and Dec's golden buzzer back in 2018 and was sent through to the live shows.

The magician's act had the entire theatre on their feet and in tears – both due to its magic and the power of his incredible story.

Marc's wife Tessa, 43, had battled an aggressive form of breast cancer while she was pregnant, after five years of gruelling IVF. 

Tessa was forced to undergo chemotherapy while their daughter, Isabella, was in the womb.

When she was seven months pregnant, doctors decided she needed a stronger form of the treatment, and would therefore need to perform a caesarean so that both she and Isabella would have a chance to live.

Little Isabella is now perfectly healthy and featured in video clips during Marc's routines.

At the start of tonight's performance there were 10 X's standing on the stage, before the main one asked Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly to join them on stage.

The presenters had to pick out bits of coloured paper with random memories from X's life written on them.

X got a lot of words up on the screen and made everyone follow their instructions until they got to to one final word.

They asked everyone who got the word 'hope' to stand up – and amazingly the entire audience and all the judges got to their feet.

BGT viewers took to Twitter after watching the incredible reveal during the live final.

One fan said: "Marc Spelman to win! #BGT  I don’t think any act has ever had a reaction like that from Ant & Dec, the judges, in the theatre and at home. #Hope"

Another added: "Flipping fantastic Marc Spellman absolute genius !!! This man deserves to Win !!!"

A third said: "Still blown alway with the fact X was Marc Actual still in shock –  best BGT moment in a long time"

Earlier today came the news that X is actually a famous face that viewers would recognise.

But there was confirmation that it was definitely not Geordie presenters Ant and Dec.

Another name in the running was Britain's Got More Talent host Stephen Mulhern as he used to be a magician.

Before the performance, Dec teased the identity of X ahead of the ad break.

After claiming we would find out who the man was, he quickly added: "Or woman…it could be a woman."

Britain's Got Talent fans accused X of using their act to gain followers after they managed to rack up 23,000 just minutes after using their social media account as part of their semi-final routine.

The creepy magician first used Ant and Dec on stage to show their skills and managed to shock Dec without even touching him, leaving everyone stunned.

Later, X got  Simon Cowell  to close his eyes as  Amanda Holden  scrolled through his  Instagram  and went to their first ever post in March.

*Britain's Got Talent airs tonight on ITV at 7.30pm

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