Jai McDowall is a singer who was the winner of Series 5 of Britain's Got Talent. He was 24 at the time of his audition, and was from Ayrshire in Scotland.
Before his audition, he spoke about how he would 'sing all the time... but I've never performed professionally before'. In his audition, he performed 'Anthem' by Josh Groban, after which Amanda remarked 'your voice is so powerful', with David adding 'you absolutely nailed it'.
In his semi-final performance, he performed a rendition of 'Bring Me To Life' by Evanescence. Amanda described him as 'very good at anthems', with Simon stating 'you took your moment there', later adding 'I think a lot of people at home are really gonna like you'. He won the Semi-Final, advancing directly to the Final.
In the Final, he performed 'To Where You Are' by Josh Groban, accompanied by a string orchestra and a choir which entered the stage midway through the performance. Simon remarked 'for the first time throughout this whole competition, you came out on stage believing you could win'. Michael added 'you should be very proud of yourself, you've delivered and I'm sure the whole of Scotland will be voting for you tonight'. He finished first, ahead of singer Ronan Parke and boyband New Bounce.
He had previously auditioned for The X Factor, and reached Bootcamp. He had also previously won The American Idol Experience, whilst he was on holiday in America.
After BGT Edit
McDowall's debut album, 'Believe', was released in December 2011, however only peaked at #54 in the Official Albums Chart. In March 2012, it was announced that his contract with Sony would not be renewed.
He appeared on The Champions (Series 1), performing I'll Never Love Again by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga from the A Star Is Born Soundtrack. Both David Walliams and Amanda Holden did not believe that Jai was a properly celebrated winner of Britain's Got Talent. Simon Cowell apologised to Jai for not giving him the support that he needed after he had won Series 5 of Britain's Got Talent, and felt his return made [Simon] feel like an idiot. Alesha Dixon believed he were a brave man for tackling such a 'powerful song.' Jai later got quite emotional via gratitude towards Simon and the fame he wanted to reclaim, feeling as if he had partially reclaimed some of it. He did not make the final for the champions however.