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Former Britain's Got Talent winner Jai McDowall tells finalists to 'cherish every moment'

Thursday 31st May 2018

We’re almost at the finals of Britain’s Got Talent—and who better to give his advice to the finalists than a former winner?

Scottish singer-songwriter Jai McDowall won back in 2011 and has seen his career go from strength to strength since his appearance on the Royal Variety Performance.

The 31-year-old—who also appeared on The X Factor—has since released a number of singles, an album, Believe, which reached number 19 in the Scottish charts, and is also a regular on the pantomime circuit as Prince Charming.

Here he speaks to BGT Bites vloggers Father and Son about his time on the ITV talent show.

“I loved it,” said Jai. “A rabbit in the headlights comes to mind.

“When I think about my time on the show I just walked about in amazement at everything… the studio, the audience and the contestants. It was brilliant.”

Tonight will see the fourth semi-final of the current series of Britain’s Got Talent—this for Jai really put him on the map after performing his own version of Evanescence’s Bring Me To Life.

“The semi-final for me was crazy,” he tells James and Graham Edgington via video link.

“Initially I was supposed to sing another song and they changed it about two or three days before the semi-final to Bring Me To Life.

James Edgington, left, Graham, right, and Jai in the middle
James Edgington, left, Graham, right, and Jai in the middle

“I was like, ‘What? I can’t hit that note, no way!’

“When I got to the end of the song my head looks like it’s going to burst. I was so nervous.

“I couldn’t mess up in front of my parents.”

Speaking of which act has caught his eye this week, he says the D-Day Darlings were “incredible”.

“It’s one of those patriotic things I guess, it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

When asked to give his advice to the finalists, he added: “Enjoy yourself and do what you do. It’s all you can do.

“Win or lose the experience is phenomenal so just cherish every moment.”

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