Ronan Parke discovered on YouTube
Child singing sensation Ronan Parke has responded to claims he was ''planted'' on 'Britain's Got Talent' by Simon Cowell, saying he was first spotted on video streaming website YouTube.
Child singing sensation Ronan Parke was discovered on YouTube.
The 12-year-old 'Britain's Got Talent' hopeful - who has been at the centre of controversy after an anonymous Sony Music executive suggested music mogul Simon Cowell "planted" the youngster on the show - has hit back at the claims.
Justin Bieber-lookalike Ronan explained he first posted videos of him performing on the streaming website, which led to him being invited to sing at a local dance show - giving him the confidence to enter the ITV1 talent series.
He told the Daily Mail newspaper: "I decided to give it a go, but I never expected a standing ovation.
"I was really overwhelmed when my name was called out. I cried again - I really need to stop doing that! The standard is so high. I really don't think I'm going to win. I'm trying not to think it, as I don't want to get my hopes up."
Meanwhile, Simon Cowell's production company Syco - a division of Sony BMG - has vehemently denied the anonymous claims by an online blog.
A spokesperson said: "There has been speculation on the internet that Britain's Got Talent finalist Ronan Parke was known to and worked with Syco/Sony Music before entering the show. 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. The welfare of contestants is of paramount importance and we will not tolerate bullying of any kind."