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Simon Cowell "sick to stomach" over 'Britain's Got Talent' fix claims

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Britain's Got Talent: Simon Cowell

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Simon Cowell has admitted that he felt "sick to my stomach" over anonymous internet claims that Britain's Got Talent was fixed for Ronan Parke.

The 12-year-old singer was targeted in what has been described by the music mogul as a "smear campaign" made up of "complete and utter lies". Parke eventually came second in the competition last weekend, losing out to Scottish rival Jai McDowall.

However, speaking to The Sun, Cowell confirmed that he is looking at signing Parke to his Syco record label.

"We're looking at it. I think we could do something with Ronan and Jai," he told the paper. "We would have to look at what else we have on because we're doing a lot with people like JLS. But I think people like them."

> Ronan Parke 'to make £1.5m by Christmas'
> 'Britain's Got Talent' fix accuser 'won't get away with it'

Discussing the anonymous blog that spread late last week, Cowell confessed that it had come as a "hammer blow" during a "nightmare" few weeks, as he dealt with the replacement of Cheryl Cole on The X Factor USA.

"The most upsetting thing was this poisonous email. It was so malicious and so anti this 12-year-old kid who couldn't defend himself," he said. "The fact there were people who thought it was a scam, or worse that it was true or a publicity job, made me feel sick to my stomach. I felt very sorry for him, I phoned his mum. It was a hammer blow.

"It is sensitive to talk about what the police are doing but they are taking it seriously. We have to stop people who are able to hide behind being invisible and can make up lies about a kid which could have wrecked his life. If you read it in full he could have got beaten up or bullied. He could have lost his confidence. You can't let people get away with this."

Criticising those who claimed that the blog was a publicity stunt, he remarked: "If this was concocted by us then we wouldn't have gone to the police. I wouldn't be prepared to stand up in court, which I am prepared to do. That person should have the guts to speak in public but won't because it's a lie."

> Jai McDowall: 'Ronan fix claims didn't help me win'
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