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Ronan Parke interview: 'This year feels unreal'

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Ronan Parke sings 'What Makes You Beautiful' (still)
It's well known in talent show TV land that you no longer need to win in order to forge a successful career. Cases in point? Susan Boyle, JLS and Olly Murs to name but a few.

Ronan Parke is the latest to join the successful runners-up club after finishing second place on this year's Britain's Got Talent - and he's wasted little time getting into the studio to record his self-titled debut album.

Ahead of the LP's release next week, we met up with the 13-year-old to find out how he's handling fame, what he makes of this year's X Factor and who he thinks is the ultimate Queen of Pop.

You've had a busy few months; what exciting things have you been up to?
"They've been really hectic, but I've been having great fun! My life has changed a lot - everything is a lot busier now. T4 On The Beach this summer, where I performed in front of 50,000 people, has been one the best experiences so far. I kept getting starstruck meeting all the artists backstage."

Have any artists passed on their words of wisdom yet?
"When I was on Britain's Got Talent I met Olly Murs, who passed on some good advice. He told me to focus on my performance and don't get involved in what other people are doing."

Your new single is a cover of Vanessa Carlton's 'A Thousand Miles', why did you decide to cover that song in particular?
"I think because I could put my own twist on it. The original is quite emotional and slow, whereas my take on it is a bit more upbeat and modern. That and I love the original version so much!"

Are you feeling nervous about releasing your album next week?
"I've tried not to think about it too much! The whole thing seems unreal. I don't want to sit around worrying about it so I let everything else distract me. I'm actually terrified."

You're up against Coldplay and Kelly Clarkson that week, both of which you cover on the record...
"I didn't even realise their albums were out! I remember when I met Coldplay; we were recording 'A Thousand Miles' and Chris Martin came in thinking he'd booked the studio out. I didn't realise it was him and I pretty much ignored him. I was so embarrassed afterwards!"

You cover a lot of modern classics on the LP; was it a big challenge?
"I'm a big Kelly Clarkson fan but it was really challenging to record 'Because Of You'. I asked the producer if we could leave out some of the big notes. We left them until the end and I was actually a bit scared by the noise that came out of me - I didn't know I could sound that loud!"

Ronan Parke


You sing Lady GaGa's 'Edge Of Glory' and Katy Perry's 'Firework' on there too - which do you think is the Queen of Pop?
"We put those two songs out a while ago online and the response was so good that we knew they had to go on the album. 'Edge Of Glory' is one of my favourite songs ever, so I'm really glad it's there. She's definitely the queen of pop for me right now!"

Gary Barlow wrote an original song for the album called 'Stronger Than I Am'; how would you describe it?
"We didn't meet while making the song, but I really love singing it. It's basically about being in love with someone and how the person makes them stronger. I feel honoured that he wrote the song for me - I can't wait to sing it live! There's another original song on there called 'We'll Rock The World'; it's more teen-boppy and the complete opposite to 'Stronger Than I Am'."

What would you like your next album to sound like?
"I haven't thought about the next album yet, but I'd love to make another one! I'm just hoping this one is a success for now. There are more slow songs than fast on this album, so it would be good to do some faster songs in the future. Some more original songs would be good too."

Are there any artists you'd like to collaborate with?
"There are so many artists I'd like to collaborate with! Beyoncé would be the ultimate dream but I can't see that happening!"

Are you watching this year's X Factor? Who's your favourite so far?
"Mischa B is my favourite - she's like another Nicki Minaj and I think she's fantastic. The judges have made great decisions this year; I like that Tulisa put some of the groups together herself with the best singers. The new judging lineup is really good - Gary is the new Simon and Tulisa seems like she really cares about everyone."

Do you ever wish you'd waited a few years and applied for that show instead?
"I always wanted to do it when I was younger. I was desperate to do it from a young age and I don't think I could have waited for The X Factor!"

Ronan Parke releases his self-titled debut album on October 24.

Watch Ronan Parke's 'A Thousand Miles' music video below:

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