Britain’s Got Talent 2011: Jai McDowall beats judges’ favorite, Ronan Parke

By on Jun 6, 2011 in Entertainment, Europe, Music, Television Comments

Jai McDowall, BGT 2011 winner
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Scottish singing sensation Jai McDowall shocked everyone, as he bags first place in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, after beating judges’ favorite Ronan Parke, as reported in various entertainment news sites, June 5, 2011.

Apparently, about 12.5 million viewers witnessed the event as the 24-year-old Jai takes the top prize of £100,000 and the chance to perform for the queen in this year’s Royal Variety Performance.

It was noted that, judge Simon Cowell looked stunned to see Ronan not winning the top spot and admitted that the result shocked him.

He was quoted in the reports saying, “We said tonight there was going to be a shock result. Not doing him any disservice but he [Jai] was not one of the favorites coming in, but tonight we can feel he nailed the song, he came in believing he could win. The public, always trust their decision, and I think he’s a worthy winner, congratulations.”

Further reports add that, Ronan Parke, 12, had been the favorite going to the finals as he performed Kelly Clarkson’s Because of You. However, it was McDowall’s To Where You Are by Josh Groban that won the public’s heart.

As further noted, following the announcement of him as runner-up, Parke said that “I would like to say thank you to everyone who voted. Thank you so much. Congratulations Jai as well.”



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