Last year, young Ronan Parke stole the hearts of the nation when he competed in Britain’s Got Talent…
And despite being the runner-up – because of course, Jai McDowall won the show in 2011 – his career looked set to be somewhat meteoric.
However, it hasn’t turned out that way, for Ronan or Jai, as both have been unceremoniously ditched by their record labels.
Jai of course won a contract worth £100,000 with Sony, while Ronan was signed up by Simon Cowell’s label, Syco. A year on, both have been dumped, leaving their future careers in something of a precarious position.
When news broke of Jai being dropped by Sony, he told the Mirror, “I didn’t really ask for more support from Sony and Simon Cowell and I kind of feel like I should have said something…
“I was just going along with it because I didn’t really know what I was doing. I did what I was told.
“I feel I could have pushed them a bit more, but I think they could have worked a bit harder with the promotion.
“I’ll be honest, I don’t think I got as much support as I was hoping to get.
“When you’re on a show like Britain’s Got Talent, it’s one of the biggest shows in the country at the time.
“But it got to the stage when I started thinking, ‘What went wrong?’ especially when you see all these other stars coming out of reality shows.”
What went wrong indeed, and that’s a question Ronan may be asking himself today as it’s also been reported that his debut album only managed to get to No22 in the charts.
However, a spokesperson for Ronan however insisted that he had decided to go in a “different direction” and therefore the issue of being ditched by the label isn’t any biggie.
Did you expect Ronan to do better than he evidently has?