Jai’s just jump­ing

Scots singer was stunned at win­ning tal­ent show “Home sup­port helped” “Ab­so­lutely sur­real” ‘I re­ally love all the ban­ter and

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - ARTS AND STAGE - By Scott Beg­bie By Scott Beg­bie

HE’S won Bri­tain’s big­gest TV tal­ent con­test in front of 14 mil­lion peo­ple, ful­fill­ing a life­long mu­si­cal am­bi­tion and scoop­ing £100,000 into the bar­gain.

Al Mur­ray re­turns to Aberdeen to­mor­row as the loud-mouthed pub land­lord.

WHEN AL Mur­ray ar­rives at the Mu­sic Hall to­mor­row, the Pub Land­lord star is hop­ing for a warmer re­cep­tion than he got last time he was in Aberdeen. Not that there was any­thing wrong with North-east au­di­ences – Al loves them. But his pre­vi­ous gig meant try­ing to get to Aberdeen in the teeth of a win­ter bliz­zard. “The last time we were in Aberdeen was in De­cem­ber when the weather was di­a­bol­i­cal and it took some do­ing get­ting there,” said the co­me­dian, famed for his loud-mouthed Lit­tle Eng­lan­der char­ac­ter. “We drove up from Edinburgh and it took some eight hours ... at one point on the mo­tor­way the sat nav said we would get there on the Tues­day morn­ing, rather than in time for the gig.” But he’s de­lighted to be head­ing back to Aberdeen, a city he has vis­ited many times in the past cou­ple of years. So what is it that keeps him com­ing back? “The whisky,” joked Al, who is also win­ning new fans with his Pub Land­lord quiz show, Com­pete For The Meat on Dave. “But I do re­ally like per­form­ing there ac­tu­ally. The au­di­ences are re­ally into it. “I es­pe­cially love do­ing my act; the nee­dle you can get go­ing be­tween me do­ing an English­man and the au­di­ence be­ing Scot­tish. “I re­ally love all that ban­ter and argy-bargy. It gives a bit of a fris­son, but I like that it’s a know­ing fris­son, the nod and the wink of the thing. “What we tend to get in Aberdeen is that ev­ery­one is on this gi­ant cos­mic joke that

But Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent win­ner Jai McDowall has a press­ing task be­fore em­bark­ing on his new, glit­ter­ing life and a date to sing for the Queen – pay­ing a £78 phone bill for a mate. “I had a friend whose phone was cut off for be­ing £78 over his bill....

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