Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 06/02/2011

‘Britain’s Got Talent’ slammed by allegations that it’s ‘fixed’

Ronan Parke (Screengrab from
Just as “Britain’s Got Talent” was about to wind up its successful fifth season, the show has been slammed by allegations that it is fixed and that 12-year-old contestant Ronan Parke was chosen to be the winner of the show two years ago.

The accusations were made on a simple text publisher called by an anonymous author who claims to be an executive at Sony Music UK. Sony Music UK works closely with BGT judge Simon Cowell and his Syco music company.

“As a result I have seen what goes on from the inside and this has left  me increasingly uncomfortable about the integrity of Britain's Got Talent... Reports on ‘fixing’ are only the tip of the iceberg,” the post read. The writer goes on to say that Syco tightly orchestrates the show and locks contestants into tight contracts.

Syco has staunchly denied these allegations, which have been reported by the Guardian and BBC. (Read Syco’s full statement below.)

The anonymous blog was removed Thursday afternoon and replaced by the notice: “Removed due to a claim from Simco Limited (Syco) and Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited (Sony).”

The allegations are centered on young contestant Parke, who has won over audiences with his adorable smile, Bieber-like side swept hair, and propensity to cry with happiness when he performs well. He’s also wowed the show’s judges, including Simon Cowell, and his performance of Adele’s hit “Make You Feel My Love” earned him a place in Saturday’s final. (Watch the video below.)

Part of the allure of the show is that many of the contestants, such as Susan Boyle, have a “diamond in the rough” storyline, as they are seemingly plucked from their regular lives and, through the show, shot into stardom — a storyline the anonymous writer is now calling into question.

Syco released the following statement in response to the post:

“There has been speculation on the internet that Britain’s Got Talent finalist Ronan Parke was known to and worked with Syco/Sony Music before entering the show. There is no truth in this story whatsoever. Ronan first came to Syco/Sony’s attention when he entered this year’s competition. Syco/Sony Music  will not hesitate to take whatever legal action is appropriate to prevent further publication of these unfounded allegations.”

The show airs in just a few minutes in the U.K. It is unknown if Cowell will address the allegations on the show.

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