Ross Richard Clark (born October 27th, 1988), better known as Rylan Clark, is an English singer, model, and television personality from Corrington, Essex, UK who finished in 5th place on series 9 of X Factor UK, mentored by Nicole Scherzinger. Before trying out for the show, he had performed in some Westlife and Take That cover bands and even appeared on the show Signed by Katie, hosted by model and reality televison personality Katie Price. Rylan caused controversy on X Factor UK when he made it to the second week of live shows over fellow contestant Carolynne Poole, which angered her mentor, Gary Barlow, so much that he walked out. Barlow later called Rylan a "joke act" and "talentless". Rylan got even first by singing Barlow's song "Back for Good" and then letting him know that there was a cab waiting for him in case he walked out again. Despite landing in the bottom 2 several more times, Rylan did manage to dazzle the audience with his flashy yet creative performances, which earned him a much devoted fanbase. However, he was eliminated on November 25, 2012, with only his mentor, Nicole Scherzinger, voting to keep him on the show. Rylan finished in 5th place.
Despite him no longer being on X Factor UK, Rylan's fans believe that, without a doubt, he will become a star. He appeared on the show Celebrity Big Brother and beat out married couple Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag by winning.
On the show, Rylan's arch enemies were Spencer Pratt and his wife Heidi Montag from the American reality TV show The Hills. As him and popular Italian horse jockey Frankie Dettori had the choice to put the married couple other wise known as "Speidi" into the basement or themselves. They therefore chose Pratt and Montag to go down and from then on hated each other since. It was later revealed that Rylan was spending his Sundays away from the Celebrity Big Brother house so he could rehearse and be ready for the X Factor UK concert tour, which kicked off on January 26, 2013, the day after he had won.
Rylan won Celebrity Big Brother on January 25, 2013. He became the co-host of Big Brother's Bit on the Side along with Emma Willis and AJ Odudu in May 2013.