Rylan Clark is an English presenter, television personality, singer and model.
At the age of 16, Rylan Clark began working as a part-time model. It was during this period that he adopted the stage name “Rylan” (born Ross Richard Clark). Before becoming famous, Rylan was in several Take That and Westlife tribute bands in Ibiza, and was also part of a Spanish boy band called 4bidden.
In May 2012 Rylan 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 entertained the judges and the studio audience with his friendly banter and bubbly personality, before performing a dance version of Des’ree’s “Kissing You”.
Rylan Clark became a housemate in the eleventh series of Celebrity Big Brother in January 2013, the second celebrity to enter the Big Brother House. On launch night he and Frankie Dettori picked which celebrities would join them in the House and who would be banished to the Basement.
Rylan 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, Rylan and AJ Odudu were announced as the new co-hosts of Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, replacing Jamie East and Alice Levine.
Rylan also presented his own prime time chat show called Up Late with Rylan for Channel 5.
The former boy-band member turned TV presenter released his autobiography, titled The Life of Rylan, on 30 June 2016. The so-called “joke act’s” book went straight to No.1 in The Sunday Times Bestsellers List.
In July 2016 Rylan began co-hosting The Xtra Factor Live alongside Matt Edmondson, 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.