Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 June 2015

BGT's Ronan: I never met Cowell

Simon Cowell has reported the allegations to the police
Simon Cowell has reported the allegations to the police

Britain's Got Talent favourite Ronan Parke has dismissed claims that Simon Cowell has been grooming him for stardom for two years as "really silly".

Cowell called in the police after an anonymous internet blogger alleged Ronan already had a management deal and had been moulded to appeal to the audience.

The blogger said the 12-year-old, who will appear in Saturday's final, has been known to Cowell's firm, Syco, for two years.

But the youngster told ITV News: "I have not been coached by anyone to do with Simon. I have never met Simon in my life. I'd love to, but I never have. I have been coached by a singing teacher in Norwich that we pay for. No one's paid for our clothes or anything. It's really silly."

Twitter was buzzing on Thursday with thousands of people posting links to the blog, which also alleged Ronan's hairstyle, clothing and mannerisms were all choreographed.

But the claims resulted in Cowell's lawyers going to a west London police station to report an offence. It is not yet known if officers will take action.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "An allegation of malicious communications was made to Kensington and Chelsea police on Thursday June 2. The allegation is being considered."

The schoolboy won the viewers' vote on Monday, putting him straight through to the Saturday show.

Syco and Sony Music said in a statement: "There is no truth in this story whatsoever. Ronan first came to Syco/Sony's attention when he entered this year's competition.

"Syco/Sony Music will not hesitate to take whatever legal action is appropriate to prevent further publication of these unfounded allegations."

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Gemini:

Working with your best friend, romantic or business partner will be productive. You're good at handling the small details, while your other half stays focused on the big picture. A publicity campaign will attract lots of loyal customers. Don't be afraid to put money into advertising. Once the word gets out, you'll see a dramatic increase in profits. You'll also meet lots of interesting people; some may even become lifelong friends. You love rubbing elbows with rebels who won't play by the rules.More