Jai McDowall has been crowned surprise winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2011 in a closely-fought final, which saw favourite Ronan Parke also compete for the title
Mild-mannered BT engineer Steven Hall kicked off the show with his wacky style of dancing
This time around his routine included the likes of Who Let The Dogs Out and I’m In The Mood For Dancing
Michael Collings was second on stage and delivered another assured rendition of Fast Car as he did at his original audition
Impressionist Les Gibson tried his hand at impersonating Simon Cowell and David Hasselhoff – but he received a mixed response from the judges
Pre-teen ballet dancer James Hobley was next on stage
Once again the 11-year-old performed some impressive moves, this time to the Coldplay ballad FixYou
Pianist Paul Gbegbaje surprised a few people by performing his own composition – with the judges praising him for upping his game
Then it was time for Ronan Parke to take to the stage
The 12-year-old gave an assured performance of Kelly Clarkson’s Because Of You and remained a clear favourite to win
Wacky organist Jean Martyn was the only woman in the final, and did a good job with her frantic keyboard playing – but it wasn’t enough to save her from finishing last
Scots singer Jai McDowall delivered another strong performance, leading Amanda to suggest he was the “dark horse” in the competition
Dancer Razy Gogonea swapped black clothes for white and incoporated fire-twirling into his act – but the stunt divided the judges
The final act on stage were boy band New Bounce, who won rave reviews from the judges – could they possibly win it?
After all the acts had performed, 11-year-old opera singer Jackie Evancho made her mark with a stunning performance
The pint-sized singer finished second in the 2010 series of America’s Got Talent and has sold millions of records in the US ever since
In the results show the acts were revealed in reverse order until just Ronan, Jai McDowall and New Bounce remained
New Bounce were thrilled to learn they had finished in third place
Then just two acts remained awaiting the announcement of the winner
But would the winner be ‘dark horse’ Jai McDowall….
…..or hot favourite Ronan Parke?
It’s Jai! And having fought off competition from the hot favourite he wasn’t the only one who looked a bit surprised
And he remained undeterred by Amanda’s confession that although she thought him a worthy winner she had wanted Ronan to triumph
And he was only too happy to reprise his performance, as the shock of him winning began to sink in. And so another Britain’s Got Talent draws to a close….