Rylan Clark
Contestant Profile
Birth Date 25 October 1988
Age 29
Hometown Stepney, London, UK
Occupation Former actor
Television personality


Category Boys
Mentor Nicole Scherzinger
Placement 5/13
Ross Richard "Rylan" Clark-Neal (né Clark, born 25 October 1988), known professionally as Rylan, is an English singer, presenter, television personality and model from Stepney, London.

He made it to the live shows in Series 9 of The X Factor as part of the Boys category, mentored by Nicole Scherzinger.  He was eliminated in the quarter-finals after losing the sing-off to Union J.  


Post The X Factor

Celebrity Big Brother

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 later became the co-host of Big Brother's Bit on the Side along with Emma Willis and AJ Odudu in May 2013.

Music Career

In the middle of all of his television work, Rylan remained focused on his music career. That focus paid off when he announced on July 30, 2014 that he had signed a deal with the Universal Music Group, joining such artists as Cheryl Cole and

This Morning

Since Series 10 of The X Factor UK, Clark-Neal has provided all the gossip from the show on chat show This Morning. He also acted as a Hub presenter until its removal from the show in 2014. Since late 2015 he has also been credited as the main relief presenter. He has most notably relief presented with Ruth Langsford when co-presenter Eammon Holmes was off for 10 weeks. He has also presented with others including Lorraine Kelly and Holly Willoughby.

The Xtra Factor Live

He co-hosted spin-off show The Xtra Factor Live alongside Matt Edmondson for the show's 13th series.  The spin-off show was cancelled in early 2017.


  • Presenter Dermot O'Leary has cited Rylan's breakdown at Judges' Houses as his all-time favourite moment from that part of the show.
Series 9 Finalists
Carolynne PooleChristopher MaloneyDistrict3Ella HendersonJade EllisJahméne DouglasJames ArthurKye SonesLucy SpragganMelanie MassonMK1Rylan ClarkUnion J