Ronan Parke (United Kingdom)

    Boy | Pop
    Ronan David Parke was born 8 August 1998 to Maggie and Trevor Parke in Poringland, a village in Norfolk. He has an older brother, Declan. His family are close to the family of ex-Norwich City player Bryan Gunn, whose daughter helped Ronan put in his application form for Britain's Got Talent. Ronan had been taking singing lessons in his home town before getting the confidence to apply for the show.
    Ronan attends Framingham Earl High School, Norfolk.
    Ronan auditioned for Britain's Got Talent in London in front of judges Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre and Louis Walsh (who was filling in for David Hasselhoff.) He performed "Feeling Good" and before the song finished, the entire 2500-strong audience and three judges gave Ronan a standing ovation. He received rave reviews after his performance and received three "yes" votes and was through to the next round, with Walsh declaring that Ronan "is the one to beat." Following the airing of his audition on the third auditions show on 30 April 2011, Ronan quickly became the bookies favorite to win the show. Ronan was then shown being put through to the semi-finals a few weeks later.
    Ronan performed for a second time during the semi-final on 30 May 2011, performing "Make You Feel My Love" by Bob Dylan. After his performance, he received praise from all four judges David Hasselhoff (who was not present at Ronan's audition), McIntyre, Holden and Simon Cowell, who was only judging the live finals. Parke received the highest public vote of the night and was automatically sent through to the final.
    In the final on 4 June, Ronan performed "Because of You" by Kelly Clarkson and received a standing ovation from the audience and judges, who once again gave him praise for his powerful rendition of the song. Louie Walsh, who was in the audience for the final, was referred to by Cowell and also praised Ronan saying, "He's made the hairs stand on the back of my neck". However, Ronan lost to eventual winner Jai McDowall by a margin of 2.6 percent of the vote.
    Two days after the final, it was reported that Sony Music were keen to offer Ronan a recording contract worth £1 million. The same day, it was also reported that Cowell had hoped for Ronan to duet with Jackie Evancho, although no plans were completed for this to occur.
    Ronan performed in the Britain's Got Talent Live Tour 2011, making appearances all throughout the UK. The tour opened on 12 June 2011 at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena and finished on 26 June at Bournemouth BIC. During the tour, Ronan sang all three of the songs that he performed on the show, collaborating with pianist Paul Gbegbaje for "Make You Feel My Love". It was reported that Ronan was going to be paid up to £30,000 for three performances on the tour, twice as much as the winner Jai McDowall.
    It was reported by The Sun on 7 July 2011 that Ronan had finally been signed by Sony Music and another label as a joint contract. It has not yet been confirmed how much money the record deal is worth. Ronan's mother also hinted at the fact that his music was to be released this year. The album, Ronan Parke, was released in the UK on 24 October 2011.
    On 3 May 2012, according to several reports, Parke was dropped by Epic records and Syco. Parke's official website issued a statement denying that he was "dumped", but confirming that Parke had "left Sony". On 19 May 2012, his mother revealed that he is collaborating with writers on an EP which is due to be released in the summer. On 6 August 2012, Ronan officially released his new single "We Are Shooting Stars".