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Cowell goes to police over claims of show 'fix'

John Fahey

Published 04/06/2011 | 05:00

MUSIC mogul Simon Cowell was at the centre of a new storm yesterday.

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The 'X Factor' creator was back in the headlines after a tumultuous week in which the show parted company with Cheryl Cole. Yesterday, 'Britain's Got Talent' favourite, schoolboy Ronan Parke, went on the record to dismiss claims that Cowell has been grooming him for stardom for two years as "really silly".

Cowell even called in the police after an anonymous internet blogger alleged that Parke already had a management deal and had been moulded to appeal to the audience.

The blogger claimed that the 12-year-old, who will appear in tonight's final, has been known to Cowell's firm, Syco, for two years.

But the youngster said: "I have not been coached by anyone to do with Simon. I have never met Simon in my life. I'd love to, but I never have.

"I have been coached by a singing teacher in Norwich that we pay for. No one's paid for our clothes or anything. It's really silly."

Twitter was buzzing yesterday with thousands of people posting links to the blog, which also alleged Parke's hairstyle, clothing and mannerisms were all choreographed.

But the claims resulted in Cowell's lawyers going to a west London police station to report an offence.

It is not yet known if officers will take action.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "An allegation of malicious communications was made to Kensington and Chelsea police on Thursday June 2. The allegation is being considered."

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The schoolboy won the viewers' vote on Monday, putting him straight through to tonight's show.Syco and Sony Music said in a statement: "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."

Ronan's mother Maggie also dismissed the claims that he was auditioned by talent scouts who had spotted him performing at a birthday party for family friend Bryan Gunn, the former Norwich City goalkeeper. "It's laughable, to be perfectly honest with you, and it couldn't be further from the truth," she told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"There's no foundation in it whatsoever."

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