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BGT winner puts career before love

Published 06/06/2011 | 04:14

Britain's Got Talent winner Jai McDowall is putting his career before finding love
Britain's Got Talent winner Jai McDowall is putting his career before finding love

Britain's Got Talent winner Jai McDowall wants to focus on his singing career before looking for a girlfriend, he has said.

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The 24-year-old, who was wracked by nerves during the competition, said he is now feeling unusually "dead calm".

And the shock winner had high praise for young favourite Ronan Parke, who he described as an "absolute wee gentleman".

Speaking in central London wearing a denim jacket and jeans, he said: "I'm actually single at the moment. To be honest, at this point in time I need to focus on what is going to happen next and where my career is going to take me. Maybe after I'm a wee bit more settled I'll start looking, I guess."

With a touch of embarrassment, the quietly spoken Scot added: "Yeah, we'll see what happens, we'll see what happens."

Ronan, 12, from Norwich, hit the headlines after an anonymous internet blogger alleged Cowell had been grooming him for stardom for the past two years. The pop mogul called in the police, saying the allegations were "complete and utter lies" while Ronan himself dismissed the blog as "really silly".

But Jai said: "I didn't really take much notice of the papers during the last few days. I've just been focused on trying to get my performances right and pretty much living in my own little world. (Ronan) seemed absolutely fine. He took it in his stride. He's an absolute wee gentleman and I wish him all the best for whatever comes his way."

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