Disability support worker scoops £100,000 prize and slot at the Royal Variety Performance

Jai McDowall has won this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, beating the bookies’ favourite Ronan Parke into second place.

The 24-year-old disability support worker, from Ayrshire, Scotland, scooped the £100,000 prize and a slot at the Royal Variety Performance after singing Josh Groban‘s ‘To Where You Are’ in tonight’s (June 4) live final.

Although the performances were watched by show supremo Simon Cowell and fellow judges David Hasselhoff, Michael McIntyre and Amanda Holden, the result came down to a public vote.

After McDowall‘s victory was announced, Cowell commented: “We said tonight there was going to be a shock result.”

McDowall told hosts Ant and Dec: “I feel absolutely amazing, fantastic.”

Twelve-year-old Parke was the hot favourite going into the final, but his version of Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Because Of You’ failed to see him home.

Earlier this week, Cowell‘s production company Syco rubbished claims that Britain’s Got Talent was fixed in favour of Parke.

After allegations that Parke has signed a deal with the label two years ago appeared online, Cowell said that a “liar” was running a “deliberate smear campaign” against the ITV 1 show.