Jai McDowall wins Britain's Got Talent
Jai McDowall won 'Britain's Got Talent' last night (05.05.11), beating off stiff competition from second-place Ronan Parke
Jai McDowall won 'Britain's Got Talent' last night (05.05.11).
In a shock final of the ITV1 show, the Scottish singer beat off stiff competition from 12-year-old favourite Ronan Parke to be crowned champion and take home a prize of £100,000, as well as the opportunity to perform in front of Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Variety Show.
After belting out a powerful rendition of Josh Groban's hit 'To Where You Are' to clinch his victory, Jai surprised even the show's judges - Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff - by being announced as the winner.
He told hosts Ant and Dec: "Thank you so much. It's absolutely amazing, fantastic. It's amazing I'm going to perform for the queen."
Simon Cowell added: "We said tonight there would be a shock result. Not doing a disservice to him, he wasn't the favourite but he nailed the song. The public trust their decisions and he is a worthy winner."
After a tough week in which a Sony employee claimed Ronan had been "planted" in the competition by Simon and fellow Syco executives, the child singer took his runner-up place graciously.
He said: "I've loved my time on the show and I just want to say thank you to everyone who voted for me. And congratulations to Jai too."
Meanwhile, for the first time in the history of 'Britain's Got Talent', the final 10 contestants were told their placings in the competition.
Eccentric piano player Jean Martyn came in tenth place, while gypsy singer Michael Collings landed fifth position and teen boyband New Bounce finished third.