When we first saw this clip of Britain’s Got Talent contestant Ronan Parke, we thought it was LaRoux singer Elly Jackson with a new hairdo. You can’t really fault us: The little bugger is all of 12 years old.
Maybe it’s Parke’s Justin-Bieber-meets-Jimmy-Osmond face, but there’s something unsettling about a kid this young being made over into a emo tween dream and singing, “I got a reason you’re who should take me home tonight.” Or maybe we’re just uptight old queens.
Then again, Parke already has a whiff of scandal about him:
Earlier this summer, rumors began circulating that Simon Cowell (who produces the show) had been secretly coaching the kid over the last two years. In case you can’t do the math, that would mean Simon was trolling the playground when Ronan was 9 or 10. A police investigation was started (don’t you wish the cops would investigate every nasty thing posted about you?) and the source of the rumor was a 52-year-old blogger.
Ugh, and it just got even creepier.