Youth Impact Report 2011: Up Next
Losing the fifth season of Simon Cowell’s “Britain’s Got Talent” didn’t stop Ronan Parke from landing a record deal. Shortly after his appearance on the show, the 13-year-old runner-up signed with Sony and Cowell’s Syco Music, both impressed by the young crooner’s performances.“I’m going to predict really big things for you,” guest judge Louis Walsh said on the show after hearing his audition, in which he sang “Feeling Good.” Comedian-judge Michael McIntyre chimed in, telling Parke that even though he had taken the day off from school to try out, there was no need to go back, his talent was so great. Parke’s audition video has since attracted 7 million views on YouTube — just one sign of the excited fan following he has attracted online. The singer counts nearly 42,000 followers on Twitter, and his Facebook fan page, which has 172,000 likes, is filled with pictures of celebrities he has met and events he has attended. In September Parke released his first single, a cover of Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles,” and his self-titled debut album, consisting mostly of covers, will drop Monday in the U.K.