Dean 'Midas' Maynard gives his views on the Britain's Got Talent finalists... and shock winner!

Ronan Parke

So the fifth series of Britain’s Got Talent came to an end on Saturday evening with a shock winner in Jai McDowall… I have written and re-wrote this final talent blog a few times now as there were things I wanted to say but I will remain professional and positive.

Before I go on and review the live shows I must say that I think Jai McDowall has a great voice but if the ‘fix’ allegations had not come to light I truly believe that Ronan Parke would have won. As it is Jai McDowall will sing in front of the Queen, whilst Ronan is poised to sign a £1 million contract with Cowell's Syco Music label.

I don’t think this was the best series of the show but we still had some memorable performances and a lot of feel good acts.

So there is no better place start than with the winner, Jai McDowall. Jai has a great voice, there is no doubting that, but for me that’s it and that alone will not sustain a career. I wish him all the best and I truly hope he proves me wrong.

Ronan Parke, the real star of this year’s show. This likeable 12 year old with a stunning voice is set for huge things not just here but across the pond.

Ronan Parke and Jai McDowall

I also hope all the other finalists get what they deserve from the show.

James Hobley should be dancing in the West End, Paul Gbegbaje is one of the best Pianist’s I have ever heard and should be snapped up and I can see Jean Martyn and Steven Hall being in demand at wedding’s and student events around the country.


I hope Michael Collings gets a record deal and I can see his own version of ‘Fast car’ making it in to the top 20.

New Bounce also came away from the show in a credible 3rd and sang fantastically in the Semi Final & Final.

Dancer Razy Gogonea was awesome throughout and great guy, I hope he gets the success he deserves.

Les Gibson is much better than his Final performance and eventual 9th place, with practice on impressions, which he admits he took a risk with, I am sure he will do well on the comedy circuit.

Other acts from the live shows that I hope do well are teenage lads follow the right path. As I have said before the tribute song to their late granddad has a good chance of being a chart single if someone takes a chance and releases it for them.

Biker Joe Oakley is another act who will do well away from the show as will Edward Reid and the fantastic Pip & buddy.

So that’s it for another series of BGT, not the best and I think an overhaul needs to happen before 2012 but still entertaining none the less. Massive thanks to everyone at TellyMix for featuring my blog and I am honoured to announce that I will be back in August with my views and predictions on The X Factor.

Until then, have a great and safe summer.

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