Pop Idol

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Pop Idol Finalists
(with dates of elimination)
Season 1 (2002)
Will Youngwinner
Gareth Gates10 February
Darius Danesh3 February
Zoë Birkett27 January
Hayley Evetts20 January
Rosie Ribbons13 January
Laura Dogherty6 January
Aaron Bailey30 December
Jessica Garlick23 December
Korben16 December
Season 2 (2003)
Michelle McManuswinner
Mark Rhodes21 December
Sam Nixon14 December
Chris Hide7 December
Susanne Manning30 November
Roxanne Cooper23 November
Andy Scott-Lee16 November
Kim Gee9 November
Marc Dillon2 November
Brian Ormond2 November
Kirsty Crawford26 October
Leon McPherson26 October

Pop Idol is a British television series shown on ITV1; the show is a talent contest to find the best new young singer or 'pop idol' in the UK. The Idol series has spun off dozens of successes such as American Idol, Canadian Idol, and Australian Idol.

Unusually, the format was created not by TV producers but by music impresario Simon Fuller. Pop Idol combines the traditional talent show with some aspects of reality television. One of the UK's top-earning TV format exports, Pop Idol makes extensive use of premium-priced viewer interactivity with viewers voting by telephone, mobile telephone texting or through the "red button" on digital television sets. The final of the first series of Pop Idol in February 2002 received the highest-ever one-night vote for a UK TV show, making the show one of ITV1's most profitable. The sister show on ITV2, Pop Idol Extra, also makes extensive use of mobile phone text messages to raise additional revenue.

In the Saturday night primetime show, hopefuls first audition before four judges (Pete Waterman, Simon Cowell, Nicki Chapman and Neil "Dr" Fox). The judges narrow down the performers to a final 50, themselves narrowed down in weekly heats to ten (or in the second series twelve) finalists by a viewer vote. After that, each contestant performs live. Viewers have several hours following the broadcast of the show to phone in their votes for their favorite contestant. On the night's second episode (live again), the contestant with the fewest votes is sent home. The show is presented by British TV personalities Ant and Dec.

In the first season, Will Young won, with Gareth Gates coming in second. Michelle McManus won the second season contest.


Related programs

International spinoffs

The Pop Idol format has been launched in over a dozen nations worldwide. These spin-off are listed at Idol series.

World Idol

A World Idol international television special was held in December 2003, featuring national first series Idol contest winners competing against each other; viewers worldwide voted Norwegian idol Kurt Nilsen "World Idol."

Other similar formats

With the success of Pop Idol other channels and companies created programs with similar formats. These include:

The similar Popstars format preceded Pop Idol.de:Deutschland sucht den Superstar fr:La Nouvelle Star nl:Idols sk:Slovensko hľadá Superstar


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