Over 14 million Britons tuned in to watch the final of Simon Cowell’s Talent Show juggernaut on Saturday and many were shocked by Scottish Singer Jai McDowall taking home the first prize of £100,000 and a slot at the Royal Variety Performance.
The odds on favourite to win this year’s competition was 12 year old Ronan Parke – A Justin Bieber lookalike with a camp demeanour and an amazing voice – but 26 Year Old Scottish opera singer Jai McDowell beat the young lad to win the biggest talent competition on TV.
The shock result comes after rumours of a fix to make the Ronan Parke win the competition last week. A blog was posted on the internet, which was supposedly written by a Sony Executive (now a claim found to be false) which alleged that Cowell had already signed Ronan Parke to his company (SyCo) and that the show was rigged to make him the winner.
Although these allegations have been found to be untrue, there are fears that the rumours affected young Ronan’s chances to win. Cowell is investigating into what he calls “a deliberate smear campaign” against one of his contestants (and one that appears to have worked).
Jai McDowall sung three songs to catapult him into the limelight; Anthem (from Chess the Musical), Bring Me to Life (an operatic version of an Evanescence song) and To Where You are by Josh Groban. The judges were blown away each time by the “heart” in his voice but were rightly shocked when he took the main prize. Ronan Parkes similarly wowed judges with his renditions of; Feeling Good, Adele’s Make You Feel My Love and Kelly Clarkson’s Because of You.
Despite Jai McDowell walking away with the big prize, it seems that Ronan Parke is the real winner; not only has he become a face recognised by half the country but has also reportedly been offered a 7 figure recording contract with SyCo music. It can’t be all that bad coming in second!