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Ross Richard Clark-Neal (né Clark; born 25 October 1988), known professionally as Rylan, is an English presenter, television personality, narrator and model. He finished in fifth place on the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012, and won Celebrity Big Brother 11 in January 2013. In 2013, Clark-Neal began presenting and is known for presenting Big Brother's Bit on the Side, This Morning and The Xtra Factor. Clark-Neal was born Ross Richard Clark on 25 October 1988 in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, to mother Linda Clark.
Clark-Neal at a New Look launch party in November 2014
Ross Richard Clark
(1988-10-25) 25 October 1988 (age 30)
|Employer||BBC, ITV, Channel 5|
|Television||The X Factor|
Celebrity Big Brother
Big Brother's Bit on the Side
The Xtra Factor Live
Dan Neal (m. 2015)
Ross Richard Clark-Neal (né Clark; born 25 October 1988), known professionally as Rylan, is an English presenter, television personality, narrator and model. He finished in fifth place on the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012, and won Celebrity Big Brother 11 in January 2013.
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" as it was more unusual. 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 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 amused the judges and the studio audience with his friendly banter and bubbly personality, before singing 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, Tulia and Walsh all decided to say "yes" and put him through to bootcamp.
At bootcamp, Clark-Neal sang The Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha" (again with a dance twist), with former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger 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, but 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 live shows as one of her final three, along 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 on the spot.
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 backed Clark-Neal as he was her own act, while Barlow and Contostavlos opted to save Poole, based on the final showdown performance. This left Walsh with the deciding vote, but he appeared unable to make up his mind. After hesitating for some time, he eventually said "I'm going to go with Carolynne, I want to keep Carolynne.", although he had to say who he wanted to send home, not who he wanted to save. Eventually, after being pressured for an answer by presenter Dermot O'Leary, Walsh exclaimed "I want to take it to deadlock". O'Leary then revealed that Clark-Neal had received more public votes and Poole was sent home, much to the disgust of her mentor, 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 then claiming afterwards 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 was saved by the public vote after the judges' votes were deadlocked. In week 7, Clark revealed on The Xtra Factor that his psychic had told him he would make it to week 7 of the competition before leaving, but the following night he was put through to 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 mid-way 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, alongside 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. Willis herself replaced Brian Dowling as the host of Big Brother. In early 2015 Willis left the show to focus on presenting the main show, leaving Rylan to present the show solo every-night. In the 2015 series of Celebrity Big Brother UK vs USA, Rylan also presented Bit on the Side at the weekends; for this series it was renamed Bit on the State Side and filmed in an American style studio.
In October 2015, Clark-Neal co-presented a special edition of Most Haunted Live with Jamie East on Really. It became the highest rated show the channel had ever seen, out performing Channel 4 and 5 in its time slot.
Since the tenth series of The X Factor, Clark-Neal has provided all the gossip from the show on This Morning. He also acted as a Hub presenter until its removal from the show in 2014. Since late 2014 he has also been credited as the main relief presenter. He is most notably relief presented with Ruth Langsford when co-presenter Eammon Holmes was off for 10 weeks. He has also presented with others including Amanda Holden, Lorraine Kelly, Holly Willoughby, Emma Willis and on one occasion with Phillip Schofield.
It was confirmed on 1 July 2016 that Clark-Neal would co-host The Xtra Factor Live alongside Matt Edmondson. This will 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 but it was not commissioned for a 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.
From 2018 onwards, Rylan will be a regular panellist on Eurovision: You Decide which airs on BBC Two annually. Rylan also took over Mel Giedroyc's role as co-commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest semi finals along side Scott Mills. In 2018 he presented on BBC Radio 2, covering for Zoe Ball, and since January 2019, he has presented his own programme on Saturday afternoons for Radio 2, titled Rylan on Saturday.
On 21 January 2016, Clark-Neal announced on his Twitter account that he would release an 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 2015, Clark-Neal won The Telegraph's 'LGBT Celebrity of the Year' award.
Clark-Neal was named The Sunday Times best no. 1 best seller for his debut autobiography The Life of Rylan in June 2016.
|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||Contestant/Guest|
|2012–2013||Daybreak||Guest Entertainment Presenter|
|2013||Celebrity Big Brother||Housemate||Winner|
|2013–2014||This Morning's Hub||Presenter|
|Celebrity Juice||Guest panellist|
|2013–2018||Big Brother's Bit on the Side||Presenter|
|Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side|
|2013–2014||The Wright Stuff||Guest pannellist|
|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|
|2015||Most Haunted Live!||Presenter||Halloween special|
|2016||Up Late with Rylan|
|2016||The Xtra Factor Live||Co-presenter||Series 13|
|2016||The X Factor||Audience Reporter||Live Shows Series 13|
|2017||Big Brother: Rylan's Rant||Presenter|
|2017||Rylan Live: Big Brother Gossip|
|2017||Big Brother: Full House with Rylan||Launch companion show|
|2017||Spa Wars||Narrator||8 episodes|
|2017||The Weakest Link||Contestant||Runner-up|
|2017–present||Celebrity Ghost Hunt||Presenter|
|2018||The Wave||1 Series|
|2018||Celebrity Big Brother: Behind The Scenes||One-off special|
|2018–present||Eurovision: You Decide||Panellist|
|Ferne McCann: First Time Mum||Narrator||Series 2—present|
|2018||Eurovision Song Contest 2018||Co-commentator||With Scott Mills|
|2018||Would I Lie to You?||Panellist||Series 12 Episode 2|
|2018||I’ll Get This||Celebrity Contestant||Series 1 Episode 1|
|2019||The Great Stand Up to Cancer Bake Off||Contestant||Runner-up|
|2019–present||The One Show||Guest co-presenter|
|2018||The Zoë Ball Show||Presenter||15:00–18:00 Saturdays||BBC Radio 2||Stand in presenter|
|2019–present||Rylan on Saturday|
|2016||Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie||Rylan||Air steward|
|2016–2017||The World's Biggest Panto (Snow White)||Evil Huntsman|
|Celebrity Big Brother|