Norfolk schoolboy now favourite to win TV talent show

A Norfolk schoolboy has become the hot favourite to win popular television show Britain's Got Talent after stunning the judges at his audition.

Ronan Parke has won a legion of fans and become an overnight internet sensation after viewers on Saturday night saw him bring the house down with his stunning rendition of Feeling Good.

The 12-year-old, from Poringland, overcame his nerves to win three 'yes votes' from judges Michael McIntyre, Louis Walsh and Amanda Holden, as well as a standing ovation from the audience.

Now the Framingham Earl High School pupil is being tipped for big things and has been listed by bookies as the current 5/2 favourite to take the show's crown.

Comedian Michael McIntyre told him: 'You are a star Ronan. You have taken a room and you have just blown the roof off it.'

Ronan, who is from Poringland, said: 'It's really weird to see me singing on the television. At the time I couldn't hear much because the audience were so loud, but it was a really good feeling to see it back.

'I've had over a thousand messages on Facebook and over a thousand friend requests as well.'

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Ronan's mum, Maggie, who works with adults with learning difficulties for Norfolk Community Health and Care, and dad Trevor, a self-employed builder, say they are just proud that their son has come this far and anything else will be a bonus.

Mrs Parke, 52, said: 'It's just been overwhelming. I didn't expect all this – it's been a real shock.'

Mr Parke, 49, added: 'The reaction he got on the stage, when we saw that we couldn't believe it, we virtually floated back from London to Norwich.'

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