Singer Jai McDowall has been crowned winner of the fifth series of Britain’s Got Talent, beating favourite Ronan Parke in a surprise result.

The Scottish singer beat 12-year-old Ronan – who had been heavily tipped to take the title – into second place following the public vote.

However it appears to have been a close race, with Mail Online reporting that the 24-year-old, from Tarbolton in Ayrshire, won by a margin of just 2.5 per cent.

Boy band New Bounce finished third, while the top five was completed by Romanian dancer Razy Gogonea and singer Michael Collings.

For the first time in show history the top ten was announced in reverse order, giving viewers the chance to find out exactly who finished where.

Pianist Paul Gbegbaje finished sixth, comedy dancer Steven Hall was seventh, ballet dancer James Hobley came eighth, impressionist Les Gibson finished ninth and organist Jean Martyn was bottom of the heap in tenth place.

Jai now wins £100,000 and will appear at this year’s Royal Variety Performance in front of the Royal Family.

The singer was visibly amazed upon learning that he had won and was rendered virtually speechless afterwards. “I feel absolutely amazing, fantastic,” he said afterwards.

Ronan, meanwhile, took the defeat graciously, congratulating Jai and saying, “I loved it, thank you to everyone who voted.”

Earlier in the show Jai had won rave reviews from the judges for his rendition of the Josh Groban song, with Amanda Holden tipping him as a possible “dark horse” in the contest – even though she admitted that she wanted Ronan Parke to win.

Simon Cowell said, “That was you at your best, for the first time throughout the competition believing you could win. The vocal was a little bit monotone but it was still terrific.”

David Hasselhoff said that he sang the song “beautifully”, while Michael McIntyre added, “You seem very stressed. You should be proud of yourself.”

Meanwhile, even Ant and Dec have admitted they were surprised that Jai won the final.

Speaking on spin-off show Britain’s Got More Talent, Dec said, “He was the dark horse of the competition. All the attention this week surrounding Ronan kind of made everyone take their eye off it a little bit. He had a great semi final and a great final performance and he deserved it – but it was a shock.”

Ant added, “It just goes to show that it’s not a forgeone conclusion, no matter what anybody says.”