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Simon Cowell: 'Britain's Got Talent Jai McDowall not a real star'

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Simon Cowell has admitted that he is "disappointed" with last year's Britain's Got Talent winner Jai McDowall.

The Scottish singer was a surprise victor over Ronan Parke in the final of 2011's show. His debut album Believe was released last month, but only reached a peak of 54 on the chart.

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Speaking following the launch of Britain's Got Talent series six on Friday (January 20), Cowell confessed that he did not see the former support worker as a "genuine star".

"I was disappointed with Jai. He wasn't what I was looking for," The Sun quotes him as saying.

"You want a Diversity or Susan Boyle, someone who is a genuine star. He is talented but the show can do better. None of the finalists were up to scratch."

Watch Digital Spy at the Britain's Got Talent launch below:


Cowell's admission has sparked suggestions that McDowall could be axed from his record label Syco after just one album, following in the footsteps of X Factor winners Steve Brookstein, Leon Jackson and Joe McElderry.

The 25-year-old was not offered a record deal until August, two months after his BGT victory. Parke, meanwhile, was signed up immediately after the final.

> Jai McDowall interview: 'I wanted to record heavy metal for new LP'

Watch Jai McDowall sing 'With Or Without You' on the 2011 Royal Variety Performance below:

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