Britain's Got Talent (BGT) star Jai McDowall is set to switch on Stirling's Christmas lights display at a huge event in the city on Sunday, November 18. 

The Ayrshire-born singer, who won BGT in 2011, claims he can't wait for the weekend.

He said: “I genuinely really love coming to Stirling. I used to have a friend at uni there and she would get mad at me as whenever I came to visit or gig it was always during the holidays when she was away.

“Stirling is just a really lovely place, particularly all its architecture, the river nearby and the fact there is a castle right there in the middle of it.

"I’m really looking forward to coming back and it’s my only Scottish Christmas lights switch-on this year so it will be great to perform."

Jai triumphed in season five of Britain’s Got Talent, hitting the right notes with the public and the judging panel with a string of stunning live performances.

Those in attendance at the family Christmas Lights Switch On event this weekend will be treated to his incredible vocals, which won him the affection of the nation, along with a selection of Christmas classics.

He said: “I will do a lot from my first album – Believe – and then I’ll maybe chuck in a few pop songs.

"I’ve already recorded a Christmas single this year for an Ayrshire hospice - ‘Oh Holy Night’ - so I’ll probably sing that."

The 32-year-old is part of a packed line-up in Stirling this weekend which will have something to suit everyone’s taste.

On the main stage, Ariana Grande tribute act, ‘Simply Ariana,’ fronted by the multi-talented Gemma Lamont, will bring the music and magic of superstar Ariana to Stirling.

Up and coming musician Tommy McGuire will also be keeping the crowds entertained with his Paolo Nutini-influenced styles, fresh from recent gigs at some of Glasgow’s finest venues such as King Tut’s and The Classic Grande.

Stirling’s festive celebrations officially kick-off at 2pm on Sunday, November 18, when Santa and his reindeer depart from outside the Albert Halls for their parade around the city centre.

Capital Scotland will keep everybody entertained with festive tunes from the foot of King Street from 2.10pm.

As well as competitions and giveaways with the Capital Scotland presenters, there will be live music performances throughout the afternoon right up until the Christmas Lights Switch on at 5pm, before Jai will keep the party going until 5.40pm.