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Kent had two performers vying for top spot in the final of Britain's Got Talent tonight.
Adam Chandler, of Makenders Lane, Eccles, took to the stage as one quarter of swing band Jack Pack.
Singing Nina Simone's Feeling Good, the band looked full of confidence and ready to take the talent show's crown.
The performance was met with rapturous applause and earned enthusiastic comments from the judges, including a comparison to Michael Buble.
Hoping to pip the boys to the post is Maidstone's Lily Vincent-Frankland, who opened the show with 26-strong troupe The Addict Initiative.
But, following a public phone-in vote, both acts missed out on making the final three.
The winners were announced as classical singing group Collabro, who will entertain the Queen in the Royal Variety Performance.
Barman Adam is a former pupil at Aylesford School in Teapot Lane.
The 29-year-old previously appeared on millions of TV screens in 2007 when he competed in X-Factor as part of boy band Futureproof.
The group reached the live finals, finishing eighth, before completing a UK tour.
Jack Pack had wowed judges and audiences, singing harmonies influenced by the singers' shared love of Frank Sinatra.
Their performance of Ol' Blue Eyes' classic, My Way, was the "performance of the evening" according to judge David Walliams at last Saturday's semi-final round and they came first in the phone vote.
The band told hosts Ant and Dec: "We want to thank the British public for voting for us. We are totally overwhelmed. We've got to go and rehearse."
Former Maidstone Girls' Grammar School pupil Lily was the lead dancer in The Addict Initiative’s dark audition piece.
The 21-year-old started dancing at Mandy Ellen Mandy Ellen Performing Arts when she was 14 and later starred in a Hazlitt Youth Theatre production of Fame in 2011.
She said: "It has been really surreal being on the show and everyone at home is getting behind us. I've had a lot of messages from school friends.
"The competition is very difficult to call as there is such variety and other very strong dance acts - we are just happy to be in the final.
"We would love to perform our routine for the Queen. I think she would like it."
Her group, formed three years ago, has won plaudits for its theatrical and unique performances.
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