I picked either Ronan Parke or New Bounce to win the finals of Britain's Got Talent, but in the end it was the Scot, Jai McDowall, with a great version of Josh Groban's To Where You Are, who was the chosen one. Ronan, the 12 year old, hit by allegations that it had been "fixed" for him to win, lost out on the top spot by only 2.5% of votes.
Despite his disappointment, I was impressed how the 12 year old kept his composure to congratulate Jai and, although he may not have won the show, it is being said that with a recording contract and personal appearances he is set to earn over £1 million this year. The young boy's voice is yet to break, so talk of a massive record deal may be exaggerated.
For Simon Cowell it was probably the best result. Had Ronan won, the allegations of "fixing" would have dragged on, damaging his reputation and the future of the show. I don't for a moment believe that there is any truth in the rumours, but Britain's Got Talent and the X Factor UK have had their fair share of criticism over selected artists being given preferential treatment in song choices and staging.
As always, Mr Cowell who joined the panel for the last week's stages leading to the final, was on top form, with Amanda Holden personable and encouraging to contestants, David Hasselhoff at times mystified, but American wacky and warm, while Michael McIntyre's nose was at times just a little too close to Simon's bottom.
Meanwhile, it is being said that Cheryl Cole will re-join X Factor USA, following approaches by Simon Cowell to television executives, who it seems have had a change of heart over her early appearances at the first auditions. If she is offered a return then she should accept it and prove her doubters wrong.