Scarborough date for talent winner

Britain's Got Talent 2011 winner Jai McDowall
Britain's Got Talent 2011 winner Jai McDowall

BRITAIN’S Got Talent winner Jai McDowall is the latest big name set to appear at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre.

The 24-year-old Scottish singer will perform at the Last Night of the Proms event on Sunday August 28, joining legendary opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, TV personality Aled Jones and the Opera North Orchestra on the impressive bill.

McDowall won £100,000 and the opportunity to perform before the Queen at this year’s Royal Variety Performance when he defeated the hot favourite, 12-year-old Ronan Parke, to win the fifth series of the hugely popular ITV show earlier this month.

His surprise victory was watched by 12.5 million viewers, who watched him take to the stage to perform a powerful rendition of the Josh Groban hit To Where You Are.

His appearance is the latest coup for the theatre, which was officially reopened by the Queen last year and two weeks ago staged a highly successful show by Sir Elton John, attended by more than 8,000 concert-goers.

The show will round off the summer season at the venue, which will next welcome 80s Rewind 2011 on Sunday July 24.

Music fans are being urged to dust off their day-glow legwarmers and dig out their Hi-Tops for the evening of nostalgia which will feature a string of top stars from the era such as Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley, ABC, Go West, Dr and The Medics, The Christians, China Crisis and Cutting Crew.

Organisers hope the night will repeat the success of last year’s sold-out 80s event, which starred pop icons Boy George, Rick Astley, Paul Young, Heaven 17, Midge Ure, Kid Creole And The Coconuts, Nik Kershaw, T’Pau, Hazel O’Connor and Toyah.

The following week, on Saturday July 30, will see urban music sensations N-Dubz grace the stage.

The group’s 22-year-old female vocalist Tulisa Contostavlos is set to become a household name after being chosen as one of the new X-Factor judges.

Scarborough Fair weekend will feature both a Festival of Brass and a Festival of Folk over the weekend of August 13 and 14, before the Last Night of the Proms draws the curtain on the theatre’s 2011 season two weeks later.

Ticket information for all shows is available at www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com