Thursday, June 02, 2011

Britain's Got Talent got a mole?

Interesting document has turned up online from someone claiming to be an employee of Sony, telling an interesting tale about Ronan Parke.

Parke is a contestant on the current Britain's Got Talent. According to this account, he's also the preselected winner. And has been signed to Syco for two years, during which time he's been groomed (yes, like that) for a brief crack at the preteen market.

It has to be remembered that this is an anonymous account, and by its nature a one-side-of-the-story. There are, presumably, enough people who have been disadvantaged, disgusted or disrespected by Simon Cowell, his various franchises and ITV in general to make the obvious default position 'how do I know this isn't written drenched in bitterness rather than truth'?

I hope Ronan is not damaged by this experience, unforunately, history warns otherwise...but whatever, the genie is already out of the bottle and come this weekend, Ronan's life will change forever. Whether it's a good or bad experience being a 12 year old star in today's music industry, only time will tell. But as an industry insider I have serious reservations about what is about to happen to Ronan Parke and I doubt he or his family are ready for what's coming.
But if there's any truth in it at all, it's not just Ofcom who should be worried by the claims. There's a case for Social Services to be involved, as well.