Pictures and video: Not long now for Norfolk’s Ronan to wait in BGT final

Poringland singing sensation Ronan Parke will compete tonight to be crowned the winner of Britain's Got Talent.

The Framingham Earl High School pupil received overwhelming praise for his cover of Adele's Make You Feel My Love which secured him a place in tonight's final.

Ronan, 12, has been busy rehearsing and doing interviews this week but he paid a visit back to Norfolk, where he went shopping and met up with his friends. He also came home to a stack of fan mail.

He said: 'I've been loving it. I've enjoyed being recognised and being asked for autographs and pictures. The support has been amazing – it's been a real surprise.'

Ronan lives with his parents Maggie, a nurse care manager who works with adults with learning difficulties, dad Trevor, a self-employed builder and his brother, Declan, 15.

Rumours that Ronan has been signed to Simon Cowell's record label, Syco, for two years were denied yesterday.

An anonymous document was posted on the internet claiming that Syco scouts saw Ronan perform at a party for Bryan Gunn and that the company had been working with him for two years.

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Mrs Parke said: 'It's simply not true, there's no truth in it at all.'

She said he's never had elocution lessons and Ronan did not sing at Gunn's birthday party.

Speaking to Anglia TV, Ronan said: 'I think it's great that Simon's putting the effort to get the police involved and everything, and I'm happy that they've said it's not true because it's definitely not.

'I'd just like to say please don't listen to it because none of it's true and I hope that people will just realise that I'm interested in my performance and I hope that people enjoy it, and I don't want to lose votes for this.'

Now it is down to the public vote he is hoping people will vote for him.

Ronan said: 'It's my dream to be a singer. Winning the competition would make my dream come true. It would mean everything to me.'

Ronan will begin the Britain's Got Talent tour with the other finalists kicking off in Newcastle on June 11.

'It's always been my dream to perform at the O2. I've seen Lady Gaga and Beyonc� there and I said 'one day I will be up there' and now I will be – it's amazing.

'The experience is the best thing ever. This is the best experience of my life and I think it will be for the rest of my life,' he said.

Mrs Parke said: 'I can't believe how far he's got – I just thought he would go to the audition and that would be it. I've always thought he's got an amazing voice but I'm his mum. He is a lovely lad, he's got a very sunny disposition and he's a people person – he's always got time for everyone.'

Britain's Got Talent is tonight on ITV1 at 7pm. Check our website at www.edp24.co.uk for updates on how he gets on.

lucy.wright@archant.co.uk