Ross Richard Clark
25 October 1988
Ross Richard Clark-Neal (né Clark; born 25 October 1988), known professionally as Rylan Clark-Neal, is an English television and radio presenter, singer, narrator and model. After finishing in fifth place in the ninth series of The X Factor , he went on to win Celebrity Big Brother 11 . Later that year, he presented Big Brother's Bit on the Side , This Morning and The Xtra Factor . He is also the host of the revived editions of Supermarket Sweep and Ready Steady Cook , as well as the BBC's You Are What You Wear.
Clark-Neal was born Ross Richard Clarkon 25 October 1988 in Stepney, East London, to mother Linda Clark. In 2007, he applied for Big Brother 8 , but, "the day I was going in, it got taken away from me because it got leaked to the press. It was devastating."
Clark-Neal has been a part-time model since he was 16.It was during his early modelling career that he adopted the stage name "Rylan", which was conceived when he went into a branch of WHSmith and chose the name from the R section of a baby name book. He was in several Take That and Westlife tribute bands in Ibiza, and was also part of a Spanish boy band called 4bidden until 2010.
In September 2014, Clark-Neal got engaged to Big Brother 14 housemate Dan Neal.On 7 November 2015, the couple got married.
In 2010, Clark-Neal appeared in four episodes of the BBC series John Bishop's Britain . Clark-Neal was then a finalist on Sky Living modelling series Signed by Katie Price .In May 2012, Clark-Neal auditioned for the ninth series of The X Factor at The O2 Arena in London in front of Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow, Tulisa and guest judge Rita Ora. He performed a dance version of Des'ree's "Kissing You". Barlow said afterwards: "Rylan, love your personality, hate your voice, really strange song choice as well." Walsh also admitted that he was "a bit worried". Barlow gave Clark-Neal a "no", but Ora, Tulisa and Walsh all decided to say "yes" and they put him through to bootcamp.
At bootcamp, Clark-Neal sang The Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha" with former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who was now a judge. After his performance, Barlow admitted: "[I] think he's going to haunt me throughout this competition." Barlow was reluctant to send Clark-Neal through to judges' houses, however, the other three judges were in favour of him advancing. Clark-Neal was eventually put through into the boys category with Scherzinger as his mentor. At judges' houses in Dubai, Clark-Neal performed a stripped-back rendition of Rihanna's "We Found Love" in front of Scherzinger and Ne-Yo. Scherzinger later put Clark-Neal through to the live shows as one of her final three acts with James Arthur and Jahméne Douglas. She told him: "Rylan, it's such a big risk... but I have to take it, and you are in my final three.", and then Clark-Neal appeared to have an immense breakdown.
Clark-Neal sang "Gold" by Spandau Ballet in the first week of the live shows, and was in the bottom two with Carolynne Poole the following night. Scherzinger voted to save Clark as he was her own act, while Barlow and Tulisa voted to save Poole, based on their final showdown performance. Walsh, who had the casting vote, voted to save Clark, sending the result to deadlock, in which Clark had received more public votes than Poole and was saved, much to the disgust of Barlow, who stormed off stage and later called Clark-Neal a "joke act" and "talentless".
In week 2, Clark-Neal persisted to wind Barlow up by first performing part of Barlow's "Back for Good" and claiming that he had booked him a cab in advance in case he stormed off stage again, to which Barlow responded "That's funny [because] I've had yours on hold for two weeks."That week, Clark-Neal was put through to week three on the public vote. In week 5, he was in the bottom two again with Kye Sones, but he was saved by the public vote. This followed after Barlow and Walsh voted to eliminate Clark while Scherzinger and Tulisa, who had the casting vote, voted to eliminate Sones. Tulisa sent the result to deadlock and Sones was eliminated. In week 7, Clark revealed on The Xtra Factor that his psychic had told him he would reach week 7 of the competition before leaving, but the following night, he advanced to the quarter-final by the public vote.
|The X Factor performances and results|
|First audition||Free choice||"Kissing You"||Through to bootcamp|
|Bootcamp – stage 1||Group performance||"Respect"|
with Ottavio Columbro and Gathan Cheema
|Through to stage 2|
|Bootcamp – stage 2||Solo performance||"Don't Cha"||Through to judges' houses|
|Judges' houses||Free choice||"We Found Love"||Through to live shows|
|Live show 1||Heroes||"Gold"||Bottom two (12th)|
|Final showdown||"One Night Only"||Saved (Deadlock)|
|Live show 2||Love and heartbreak||"Back for Good" / "Groove Is in the Heart" / "Gangnam Style" / "Pump Up the Jam"||Safe (3rd)|
|Live show 3||Club classics||"On the Floor" / "Don't Stop the Music" / "I See You Baby"||Safe (4th)|
|Live show 4||Halloween||"Toxic" / "Horny" / "Poison"||Safe (7th)|
|Live show 5||Number-ones||"Hung Up" / "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"||Bottom two (7th)|
|Final showdown||"Kissing You"||Saved (Deadlock)|
|Live show 6||Best of British||"Say You'll Be There" / "Who Do You Think You Are" / "Wannabe" / "Spice Up Your Life"||Safe (5th)|
|Live show 7||Guilty pleasures||"Girls on Film" / "When Will I Be Famous?"||Safe (3rd)|
|Quarter-Final||Songs by ABBA||"Mamma Mia"||Bottom two (5th)|
|Motown songs||"Baby Love" / "Stop! In the Name of Love" / "You Keep Me Hangin' On"|
Clark-Neal became a housemate in the eleventh series of Celebrity Big Brother in January 2013. He was the second celebrity to enter the Big Brother House. On launch night, he and Italian jockey Frankie Dettori selected which celebrities would join them in the House and who would be banished to the Basement. It was revealed midway through the series that, contrary to the show's rules of staying in the Big Brother House throughout the series, Clark-Neal had been leaving the house each Sunday to rehearse for The X Factor Live Tour, which began a day after the live final on 25 January.He made it to the final five with Neil "Razor" Ruddock, Claire Richards, Ryan Moloney and Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (Heidi & Spencer being counted as a single housemate). Clark-Neal was announced as the winner during the live final, after which he broke down into tears.
On 14 May 2013, as part of a revamp by Channel 5, Clark-Neal and AJ Odudu were announced as the new co-hosts of Big Brother's Bit on the Side , replacing Jamie East and Alice Levine. Emma Willis replaced Brian Dowling as host of Big Brother .In the 2015 series of Celebrity Big Brother UK vs USA, he also presented Bit on the Side on the weekends. For this series, it was renamed Bit on the State Side and filmed in an American-style studio. Clark-Neal presented Big Brother's Bit on the Side until the series was cancelled by Channel 5 in 2018.
In October 2015, Clark-Neal co-presented a special edition of Most Haunted Live with Jamie East on Really.
In May 2016, Clark-Neal presented his own primetime chat show for Channel 5 called Up Late with Rylan .
Since the tenth series of The X Factor, Clark-Neal has provided all the gossip from the show on This Morning . He has also acted as a Hub presenter until its removal from the programme in 2014. Since late 2014, Clark-Neal has also been credited as the main relief presenter for the series. He has presented with others including Ruth Langsford, Lorraine Kelly, Dan Neal (his husband), Alison Hammond, Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Amanda Holden, Sarah Greene, Geri Halliwell, Gok Wan, Lisa Snowdon, Emma Willis, Rochelle Humes and Eamonn Holmes.
On 1 July 2016, it was confirmed that Clark-Neal would co-host The Xtra Factor Live alongside Matt Edmondson.This would be the second time a former X Factor contestant has co-hosted the series, the first being Olly Murs, who co-hosted from 2011 to 2012.
In January 2017, it was announced that Clark-Neal would present a new daytime game show for ITV called Babushka .He also hosted the non-broadcast pilot for ITV2 panel show Codswallop, however, it was not commissioned for a full series.
In December 2017, it was announced that Rylan would be taking a break from his duties with This Morning from the following January for a few months. Clark-Neal returned to This Morning briefly in both April 2018, July 2018 and August 2018 as a main show stand-in presenter.
On 10 July 2019, it was revealed that Clark-Neal would present a revived version of Supermarket Sweep . The first series aired on ITV2 on 9 September 2019 to 4 October 2019.The second series aired on 1 September to 19 December 2020, however the show moved to its original channel ITV.
In 2018, it was announced that Clark-Neal would be a regular panellist on Eurovision: You Decide , and he remained there until its cancellation in 2020.He also took over Mel Giedroyc's role as co-commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest semi finals alongside Scott Mills. In 2018, he covered for Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2, and took over her show when she moved to the station's breakfast show in January 2019, now titled Rylan on Saturday. Since January 2019, Rylan has also hosted multiple episodes of The One Show as a stand-in guest presenter.
On 18 April 2019, it was announced that Clark-Neal would begin co-presenting Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two alongside Zoe Ball.In May 2019, Clark-Neal was the spokesperson for the United Kingdom as part of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. On 2 September 2019, it was confirmed that Clark-Neal would host a revived daytime series of Ready Steady Cook on BBC One in 2020 and in 2021, it was renewed for series 2.
In February 2014, Clark-Neal made a guest appearance in the Sky 1 comedy series Stella .In 2015, Clark-Neal reached the final of BBC One's Celebrity MasterChef . On 21 January 2016, Clark-Neal announced on Twitter that he would release his autobiography titled The Life of Rylan on 30 June 2016. It reached number 1 in The Sunday Times Bestsellers List. He appeared as Ryan, an air steward, in the 2016 film Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie . In 2017, he narrated the ITVBe reality series Spa Wars. In June 2020, it was announced that Clark-Neal would be co-hosting Big Brother: Best Shows Ever with Davina McCall.
|2010||John Bishop's Britain||Model||4 episodes|
|2011||Signed by Katie Price||Contestant||Runner-up|
|2012||The X Factor||5th place|
|2012–2013||The Xtra Factor||Guest|
|Daybreak||Guest Entertainment Presenter|
|2013||Celebrity Big Brother||Housemate||Winner|
|2013–2014||This Morning's Hub||Presenter|
|2013–2018||Big Brother's Bit on the Side|
|Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side|
|2014||Big Brother's Bit on The Psych||Presenter|
|2014, 2017||Celebrity Big Brother||3 episodes|
|2015||Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on The State Side|
|Most Haunted Live!||Presenter||Halloween special|
|2016||Up Late with Rylan|
|The Xtra Factor Live||Co-presenter||Series 13|
|The X Factor||Audience Reporter||Series 13|
|2017||Big Brother: Rylan's Rant||Presenter|
|Rylan Live: Big Brother Gossip|
|Big Brother: Full House with Rylan||Launch companion show|
|Spa Wars||Narrator||8 episodes|
|2017–2018||Celebrity Ghost Hunt||Presenter|
|2018||The Wave||1 series|
|Celebrity Big Brother: Behind The Scenes||One-off special|
|2018–2019||Eurovision: You Decide||Panellist|
|Ferne McCann: First Time Mum||Narrator||Series 2–4|
|2018–present||Eurovision Song Contest||UK semi-final co-commentator||With Scott Mills|
|2019–present||The One Show||Guest co-presenter|
|2019||Eurovision Song Contest 2019||UK spokesperson|
|Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two||Co-presenter||With Zoe Ball|
|2019||Buy it Now|
|2020–present||Ready Steady Cook|
|2020||The A-Z of Eurovision||Narrator||One-off special|
|Big Brother: Best Shows Ever||Co-presenter||With Davina McCall|
|You Are What You Wear||Presenter||Fashion show|
|It Pays to Behave||One-off special|
|2021||Taskmaster||Participant||New Year Special|
|2018||The Zoe Ball Show||Presenter||15:00–18:00 Saturdays||BBC Radio 2||Stand-in presenter|
|2019–present||Rylan on Saturday|
|2020||The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show||06:00-09:30; Monday-Friday||Stand-in presenter|
|2021||Steve Wright in the Afternoon||14:00-17:00; Monday-Friday|
|2016||Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie||Rylan||Air steward|
|2016||The World's Biggest Panto (Snow White)||Evil Huntsman|
|2015||The Daily Telegraph Awards||LGBT Celebrity of the Year||Won|
|2016||National Television Awards||Best Presenter||Nominated|
|2017||National Television Awards||Best Presenter||Nominated|
|2017||British LGBT Awards||Top 10 LGBT+ Broadcasters or Journalists||Included|
|2021||TRIC Awards||TV Personality||Pending|
Ready Steady Cook is a BBC daytime TV cooking game show. It debuted on 24 October 1994 and the last original edition was broadcast on 2 February 2010. The programme was hosted by Fern Britton from 1994 until 2000 when celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott became the new host. In August 2000, when Harriott took over, the duration of the programme was extended from 30 to 45 minutes.
Michael Louis Vincent Walsh is an Irish music manager and television personality. He has managed Johnny Logan, Boyzone, and Westlife, three of Ireland's most successful pop acts in the 1990s and 2000s. He later began a career as a talent judge on shows such as Popstars (2001–2002), You're a Star (2003–2004), The X Factor, Ireland's Got Talent (2018–2019) and Junk Kouture (2014-present).
Matthew Edmondson is a British television and Sony Award-nominated radio presenter, best known for his work with BBC Radio 1 and ITV2.
Carolynne Poole is an English singer-songwriter, actress and former model. She is a founding member of the Carolynne Good Band, based in Leeds and London. She is best known for finishing in third place on the second series of the BBC singing competition Fame Academy in 2003. In 2011, Poole was a contestant on The X Factor and made it to the judges' houses' stage of the competition. She returned to the show the following series in 2012 and made it to the live shows, but was eliminated after the first live show following a sing-off against Rylan Clark.
The Xtra Factor is a companion show to the British television music competition The X Factor. It was broadcast on ITV2 and on TV3 in the Republic of Ireland, on Saturday and Sunday nights after the main ITV show from 4 September 2004 to 11 December 2016. It featured behind-the-scenes footage of The X Factor and shows the emotional responses of the contestants after the judges comment on their performances.
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two is a British television programme, the companion show to the popular BBC One programme Strictly Come Dancing. First aired on 25 October 2004, it is broadcast from Monday to Friday during the run of the main show on BBC Two at 6:30 pm.
The X Factor is a British reality television music competition to find new singing talent. Created by Simon Cowell, the show began broadcasting on 4 September 2004 with 445 episodes broadcast over fifteen series as of 2 December 2018. The show is produced by Fremantle's Thames and Cowell's production company Syco Entertainment. It is broadcast on ITV in the UK and simulcast on Virgin Media One in Ireland. "X Factor" refers to the undefinable "something" that makes for star quality. The first three series were presented by Kate Thornton. Since series four, with the exception of series twelve, the show has been presented by Dermot O'Leary. The X Factor previously had a spin-off behind-the-scenes show called The Xtra Factor. This aired until 2016. It was replaced by an online spin-off show Xtra Bites exclusively on the ITV Hub. The main show was rested in 2019, with Cowell and ITV opting to broadcast The X Factor: Celebrity and The X Factor: The Band as mini-series instead. On 7 February 2020, it was announced that the show would be placed on hiatus during 2020. On 27 August 2020, it was suggested by ITV bosses that the show's hiatus may be indefinite; pending Cowell's decision on when to recommence the competition.
Emma Louise Willis is an English television presenter, radio presenter, and former model. She is known for her television and radio work with Channel 5, BBC, ITV, and Heart FM. Willis has presented Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother (2013–2018), as well as the spin-off series Big Brother's Bit on the Side (2011–2015). Since 2014, she has presented The Voice UK. In 2019 and 2021, Willis presented the second and third series of The Circle.
Melvin Odoom is a British comedian, radio DJ and television presenter.
The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The eighth series commenced airing on ITV on 20 August 2011 and ended on 11 December 2011. The winner was Little Mix, a four-piece girl group known earlier in the series as Rhythmix, consisting of members Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwall are the series saw the creation for the girls entered the competition as individuals. They became the first act in the groups category to win in the UK show's history with new judge Tulisa emerging as their winning mentor,Marcus Collins became runner-up for good. Dermot O'Leary reprised as the main show in 5th consecutive year on ITV, while the late Caroline Flack and series 6 runner-up Olly Murs co-presented the spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2, replacing Konnie Huq from the previous year. Louis Walsh returned to the judging panel and was joined by Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa. Barlow, Rowland and Tulisa joined the panel as replacements for former judges, Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole. Series 5 winner Alexandra Burke served as a guest judge for week 4 of the live shows due to Rowland having a throat infection.
The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The ninth series began airing on ITV on 18 August 2012 and ended on 9 December 2012. For the sixth year, Dermot O'Leary reprised as presenter of the main show on ITV, whilst Caroline Flack and Olly Murs returned to co-present The Xtra Factor on ITV2. Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Tulisa returned as judges. Nicole Scherzinger was confirmed as the fourth permanent judge after Geri Halliwell, Leona Lewis, Rita Ora, Mel B, Anastacia and Scherzinger herself stood in as guest judges for the vacant position left by Kelly Rowland. After the show of 8 December, two of Scherzinger's acts, James Arthur and Jahméne Douglas, became the top two, meaning that Scherzinger was guaranteed to win and so,she became the winning judge for the first time even though the show had not finished yet. Arthur was announced as the winner on 9 December, and released a cover of Shontelle's "Impossible" as his winner's song. As of 2016, it is the most successful winner's single in the show's history.
Celebrity Big Brother 11 was the eleventh series of the British reality television series Celebrity Big Brother. It launched on 3 January 2013, and aired on Channel 5 and 5* for 23 days concluding on 25 January 2013. The series is part of a new two-year contract signed by Channel 5 with Endemol to air the show until 2014.
Jacob "Jake" Quickenden is an English singer and reality television personality. He was a contestant on the ninth and eleventh series of The X Factor in 2012 and 2014, before being runner-up in series 14 of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in December 2014. After taking part in I'm a Celebrity, Quickenden met Carl Fogarty's daughter, Danielle and they dated until just after Dancing On Ice. In 2018, he won the tenth series of Dancing on Ice.
Christopher Michael Maloney is an English singer and musician from Liverpool, who was first seen as a contestant on The X Factor in 2012.
The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The tenth series began airing on ITV on 31 August, and finished on 15 December 2013. Dermot O'Leary returned to present the main show on ITV for the 7th Time and Caroline Flack was back to present spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2, along with comedian Matt Richardson, who replaced Olly Murs. Flack also presented backstage segments during the live shows. Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger returned as judges for their respective tenth, third and second series, with Sharon Osbourne returning to replace Tulisa after five series away. This was Barlow's final series as a judge. Osbourne and Scherzinger also departed the series, but reprised their roles as judges with Walsh again in series 13 and series 14.
Union J were an English boy band, their final lineup consisting of members JJ Hamblett and Jaymi Hensley. The band previously also included George Shelley, who left in 2016 and was replaced by Casey Johnson, who left several months later , and Josh Cuthbert, who left in 2018. The band formed in 2011, originally as a trio known as Triple J, consisting of Cuthbert, Hamblett and Hensley. They auditioned for the ninth series of the British television music competition The X Factor where they met Shelley who joined the band at the judges' request. They finished fourth and were subsequently signed to Sony Music subsidiary RCA Records. Their debut single "Carry You" was released in June 2013. Their self-titled debut studio album followed in October 2013 and peaked at number 6 on the UK Albums Chart.
The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The thirteenth series began airing on ITV on Saturday 27 August 2016 and ended on Sunday 11 December 2016. Dermot O'Leary returned to present the main show on ITV for the ninth time to replace Olly Murs and Caroline Flack, who left after series 12. Simon Cowell was the only judge from the 12th series to return; Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh all returned, replacing Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nick Grimshaw. Matt Edmondson and Rylan Clark-Neal replaced Rochelle Humes and Melvin Odoom as hosts of The Xtra Factor, which was rebranded as The Xtra Factor Live and was broadcast live twice every week, with Roman Kemp making appearances as a digital presenter and social media reporter. Matt Terry was announced the winner on 11 December 2016, making Scherzinger the winning mentor for the second time. Saara Aalto came second.
Celebrity Big Brother 18 was the eighteenth series of the British reality television series Celebrity Big Brother, hosted by Emma Willis and narrated by Rylan Clarke-Neal. The series launched on 28 July 2016, just two days after the conclusion of Big Brother 17 on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom and TV3 in Ireland. The series ended on 26 August 2016, making it the longest summer series to date and the third-longest series of Celebrity Big Brother in its history, behind series 15 and 17, respectively. Rylan Clark-Neal continues to present the spin-off show Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side. It is the eleventh celebrity series and the seventeenth series of Big Brother overall to air on Channel 5.