Ronan Parke speaks of his excitement about Britain’s Got Talent tour
After all the excitement of the Britain's Got Talent final Poringland singing sensation Ronan Parke cannot wait to get back out on the stage.
And with the Britain's Got Talent Live 2011 Tour due to start in Newcastle on Saturday, the 12-year-old Norfolk schoolboy does not have long to wait.
'I am so excited. I really cannot wait. I think it is going to be really exciting,' said Ronan just before rehearsals started yesterday for the tour.
The 14-date tour will see Ronan – who was crowned the Britain's Got Talent runner-up on Saturday – perform to huge audiences across the UK, and for Ronan the most exciting venue will be the London O2 Arena where he has previously watched his favourite singers perform.
'It is my dream to perform at the O2 Arena.
'I have seen Beyonce and Lady Gaga there and now I am going to be on the same stage which is amazing.'
After kicking off in Newcastle, the show will travel to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Nottingham, Liverpool, Manchester, London's Wembley Arena, Cardiff, Brighton, London O2 Arena, Sheffield and Birmingham, before the final show in Bournemouth on Sunday, June 26.
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And while the tour will not be stopping off in Norfolk, Ronan said he would love to perform a concert in his home county.
His mum Maggie Parke, who will be accompanying Ronan on some of the Britain's Got Talent tour, said it would be great to see him sing at Carrow Road in Norwich at some point.
Mrs Parke said: 'It is all so exciting for Ronan. I would just like to say thank you to all the fans and everyone who voted for him. Everyone in Norfolk really got behind him, and we would just like to say a massive thank you.'
Ronan said the plan was that he would be singing different songs to those he performed on the TV show, and he said he was really pleased to have the chance to carry on working with all the other finalists.
'I was quite sad when the competition was over because we had all built up a great relationship, but now the tour is here it is great for us to hang out together. It's really brilliant.'
Mrs Parke also added that throughout the tour Ronan would be juggling his performing with school work.
'They have got a tutor here and Framingham Earl High are sending work for Ronan to do,' she said.
More than 14 million viewers tuned in to watch Ronan come second to Scottish singer Jai McDowall on Saturday night after Ronan belted out a pitch-perfect cover of Kelly Clarkson's Because of You – and it has been predicted that Ronan could go on to become the most successful Britain's Got Talent finalist ever.
A web survey by social media monitoring company Brandwatch showed that Ronan was the most mentioned of the eight final Britain's Got Talent acts in the run-up to the final on Saturday.
For information on the Britain's Got Talent Live 2011 tour and to book tickets go to http://talent.itv.com/2011/livetour
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