Jai McDowall confirmed for Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions – but when was he last on the show and what has he done since?

Jai McDowall confirmed for Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions – but when was he last on the show and what has he done since?

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JAI McDowall came to fame after winning Britain’s Got Talent back in 2011 with his rendition of a Josh Groban classic.

And now he’s returning to the stage that made him famous to take part in the epic showdown on Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions THIS SATURDAY. Find out more about the Scotsman below…

Who is Jai McDowall?

Jai McDowall is a Scottish singer-songwriter born on July 24, 1986, in North Ayrshire.

He studied at Music and Audio Technology (NC & HNC) at Music and Sound Production Dept, Ayr College, Scotland.

Before auditioning for BGT he worked as a support worker for children with disabilities.

He was also a member of the Ayr Amateur Opera Company and Loudoun Musical Society.

The singer had starring roles in multiple productions including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Fiddler on the Roof.

Jai McDowall was just 24-years-old when he was crowned champion
Jai McDowall was just 24-years-old when he was crowned champion
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When was Jai McDowall last on Britain’s Got Talent?

Jai won Britain’s Got Talent in 2011 with a cover of Josh Groban’s hit To Where You Are.

His first audition in Liverpool won him three yeses and positive feedback from judges Michael McIntyre, Amanda Holden and David Hasselhoff.

And during the semi-final, his performance of Evanescence’s Bring Me To Life garnered him the most public votes on the night.

But it was his rendition of Josh Groban’s classic that won him the competition and the £100k prize money in the final.

What has Jai McDowall done since winning the show?

After winning the show and performing at the Royal Variety Performance, Jai went on the Britain’s Got Talent Tour throughout 2011 as well as headlining at numerous Butlins across the country.

Jai was signed to Simon Cowell’s label SyCo after winning the show but was dropped less than a year later after poor sales of his debut album Believe.

In April 2017, Jai went under the knife for a “deviated” septum, and was forced to deny claims he had a cocaine addiction after curious fans suggested that was the reason behind his op.

He said: “The amount of times I’ve been asked if I have a cocaine habit and that’s why I have a deviated septum in the first place has been unreal.

“I don’t have a cocaine habit just in case anyone is wondering.”

On July 25, 2019, The Sun exclusively revealed that Jai would be replacing Susan Boyle in Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.

An ITV source said: “They didn’t want to be short of contestants and SuBo was looking unlikely to confirm her appearance.

“Jai was ecstatic and will be putting his heart into the show, in the hope of making it right to the end.”

In 2019, Jai is taking his Les Musicals tour on the road around the UK.

The tour with Jonathan Ansell takes a break after the October dates then returns in May 2020.


When will Jai be on Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions?

Jai is taking part in Champions THIS SATURDAY (September 7, 2019) at 8.30pm ITV.

This will be the second episode of the series.

He’s up against dance act MerseyGirls and BGT 2018 winner Lost Voice Guy.

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