Britain’s Got Talent: ‘Fix’ claim is silly - Ronan Parke

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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 Parke 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 tomorrow’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 yesterday with thousands of people posting links to the blog, which also alleged Parke’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.”

Ronan’s mother Maggie also dismissed the claims that he was auditioned by talent scouts who had spotted him performing at a birthday party for family friend Bryan Gunn, the former Norwich City goalkeeper.

“It’s laughable, to be perfectly honest with you, and it couldn’t be further from the truth,” she told BBC Radio Norfolk.

“There’s no foundation in it whatsoever.”

Cowell’s lawyers may have made their complaint under the Malicious Communications Act 1988, which makes it a criminal offence to send a “letter, electronic communication or article” carrying an indecent or grossly offensive message, a threat or “information which is false and known or believed to be false by the sender”, if his purpose is that it should cause distress or anxiety to the recipient or to any other person to whom he intends that it or its contents or nature should be communicated.

The offence is punishable on summary conviction with a fine of up to £5,000 or up to six months in prison.

Cowell’s brother Tony told Smooth Radio breakfast: “You don’t honestly think Simon or his company would risk doing something like that? Because it’s mad - you have to nip it in the bud.”

Today people on Twitter were posting links to another blogger who believed he had discovered the source of the original story on Parke.

He suggested the original post was not by a Sony insider but somebody trying to get at Cowell through the contestant.

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