Britain’s Got Talent 2011 Results: Jai McDowall won over Ronan Parke!

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Jai McDowall has become the 2011 winner of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ .

The Scottish singer was the shock champion of the ITV show, after beating off stiff competition from bookies favourite Ronan Parke and last night took home a prize of £100,000, as well as a slot on the upcoming Royal Variety Show.

Jai sang his way to glory, giving an emotional and impressive rendition of Josh Groban’s hit ‘To Where You Are’ and the 24 year old support worker surprised even the show’s judges – Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff – when Ant and Dec revealed that he had received the most public votes.

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 doJai 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.”

Young Ronan was gracious in defeat and took time to congratulate Jai, after it was revealed that he came in second place.

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. The results were as follows:

10: Jean Martyn
9: Les Gibson
8: James Hobley
7: Steven Hall
6: Paul Gbegbaje
5: Michael Collings
4: Razy Gogonea
3: New Bounce
2: Ronan Parke
1: Jai McDowall