Just the Two of Us (TV series)

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Just the Two of Us
Genre Reality
Created by BBC Worldwide
Presented by Tess Daly
Vernon Kay
Judges Trevor Nelson
CeCe Sammy
Stewart Copeland
Lulu (2006)
Tito Jackson (2007)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 14
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 24 February 2006 (2006-02-24) – 7 January 2007 (2007-01-07)
External links
Website

Just the Two of Us is a British television reality singing contest hosted by Vernon Kay and Tess Daly. The first series of the BBC show saw eight celebrities team up with professional singers and sing each night in duets, with one pair being eliminated every night. After each performance they were judged by a panel of industry experts. The basic format of the show was first used in another BBC programme, Strictly Come Dancing.

Format[edit]

During the week-long run each day all the celebrities perform a duet with a professional singer. The judges then give comments on each performance. Once the contestants have returned to the "Green Room" (Backstage), the judges each then each give the couple a score from 1 to 10. The scores create a leaderboard which forms 50% of the final result, the other half comes from the public vote via telephone and text entries.

Once the scores and votes are combined to form the final leaderboard for that day's show, the two couples at the bottom compete in a final "Sing Off", where they perform their duet again. Once both couples have performed their song for the judging panel, the four judges decide on who deserves to stay and cast their votes. The couple with the most votes from the judges leaves the show that day.

So far there have been two series, the first won by Russell Watson and Sian Reeves and the second was won by Hannah Waterman and Marti Pellow.

Only four professionals have performed in both series - Natasha Hamilton, Alexander O'Neal, Jocelyn Brown and Beverly Knight.

The panel of judges were seen as four industry professionals. The judges for series one were singer LuLu, singer and musician Stewart Copeland, celebrity vocal coach CeCe Sammy and radio DJ Trevor Nelson. In 2007 for series two, LuLu was replaced by Jackson Five star Tito Jackson. Sammy, Nelson and Copeland all returned for series two. Tara McDonald the well known UK dance vocalist was on backing vocal duty for both series.

Series 1[edit]

The first series began on 24 February 2006 and ended on 5 March 2006.

Celebrity Professional Status
Siân Reeves Russell Watson [note 1] Winners on 5 March
Mark Moraghan Natasha Hamilton Runner Ups on 5 March
Chris Fountain Jo O'Meara Eliminated on 4 March
Penny Smith Curtis Stigers Eliminated on 3 March
Nicky Campbell Beverley Knight Eliminated on 2 March
Matt Allwright Jocelyn Brown Eliminated on 26 February
Fiona Bruce Alexander O'Neal Eliminated on 25 February
Gaby Roslin Martin Fry Eliminated on 24 February
Notes
  • ^ Note 1: Watson replaced former 80s Singer Rick Astley after the latter abandoned Reeves on the eighth day of practice/rehearsals.

The Judges[edit]

The judges were:

Contestants received vocal coaching by Joshua Alamu.

Series 2[edit]

The second series began on 2 January 2007 and ended on 7 January 2007.

Celebrity Professional Status
Hannah Waterman Marti Pellow Winners on 7 January
Brendan Cole Beverley Knight Second Place on 7 January
Mark Butcher Sarah Brightman Third Place on 7 January
John Bardon Jocelyn Brown Eliminated on 6 January
Julia Bradbury Tony Christie Eliminated on 5 January
Luke Bailey Natasha Hamilton Eliminated on 4 January
Janet Ellis Alexander O'Neal Eliminated on 3 January
Gregg Wallace Carol Decker Eliminated on 2 January

Singer Russell Watson was originally supposed to be participating on the series with Hollyoaks actress, Loui Batley. However, after having had surgery to remove a tumour from his brain, he decided to pull out of the competition. Unlike the previous year, however, he was not replaced, so Batley was also dropped from the show.[1]

Jo O'Meara did not participate in the second series as she was taking part in Channel 4's Celebrity Big Brother UK at the time.

Contestants received vocal coaching by Joshua Alamu.

The Judges[edit]

The judges were:

Judges' scoring summary[edit]

Bold scores indicate the highest for that week. Red indicates the lowest score. * indicates the couple was in the bottom two or three.

Team Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
Final
Hannah & Marti 25 21* 22 24+27=51 27+29=56* 30
Brendan & Beverley 24 24 26 28+30=58 26+32=58 36
Mark & Sarah 26 29 19 30+28=58* 35+29=64 34
John & Jocelyn 18 25 22* 25+23=48* 27+26=53* Eliminated
Julia & Tony 17* 29 24* 29+29=58* Eliminated
Luke & Natasha 26 23* 23* Eliminated
Janet & Alexander 21* 23* Eliminated
Gregg & Carol 21* Eliminated

International versions[edit]

These versions of the format are distributed by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC.

Country Name Channel Hosts Judges Air date
 Australia It Takes Two Seven Network Grant Denyer
Terasa Livingstone (2006)
Kate Ritchie (2007)
Erika Heynatz (2008)
Marina Prior
James Valentine
Ross Wilson
Amanda Pelman
28 May 2006 – 22 April 2008
 Belgium Just The Two Of Us vtm Staff Coppens
Evi Hanssen
Dirk Blanchart
Hilde Norga
Sofie
Zaki
21 October 2006 - ?
 China 名声大震 湖南卫视
 Croatia Zvijezde pjevaju HRT Barbara Kolar
Duško Čurlić
Ksenija Erker
Rajko Dujmić
Martina Tomčić (2007–2009, 2011)
Husein Hasanefendić (2007–2010)
Vanna (2010–present)
7 April 2007 – present
 Czech Republic Duety… když hvězdy zpívají Czech Television Tereza Kostková (2009)
Aleš Háma (2009)
Michael Prostějovský (2009)
Ota Balage (2009)
Linda Finková (2009)
Lubomír Brabec (2009)
 Estonia Laulud tähtedega TV3 Marko Matvere (2008)
Karin Rask (2008)
Eda-Ines Etti (2010)
Madis Milling (2010)
Jaanus Nõgisto (2008)
Anu Tali (2008)
Jüri Makarov (2008)
Mihkel Raud (2010)
Maarja-Liis Ilus (2010)
Peeter Rebane (2010)
5 October 2008 – 16 May 2010
 Greece Just The Two Of Us[2] Mega Channel Giorgos Kapoutzidis (2010)
Doukissa Nomikou (2010)
Zeta Makrypoulia (2014)
Dimitris Ouggarezos (2014)
Stefanos Korkolis (2010)
Kostas Tournas (2010)
Athinais Nega (2010)
Lydia Papaioannou (2010)
Giorgos Theofanous (2014)
Roula Koromila (2014)
Dimitris Arvanitis (2014)
Krateros Katsoulis (2014)
17 October 2010 – present
 Netherlands Just The Two Of Us Tien Linda de Mol
Gordon
Cornald Maas
Margriet Eshuijs
Rob Stenders
Esther Hart
11 March 2007 – 30 April 2007
 Poland Tylko nas dwoje Polsat Katarzyna Cichopek
Mariusz Kałamaga
Irena Santor
Tomasz Karolak
Dorota Rabczewska
13 March 2010 – 15 May 2010
 Turkey Şarkı Söylemek Lazım Show TV Behzat Uygur
Zeynep Tokuş
Olcayto Ahmet Tuğsuz (Season 1)
Erol Büyükburç(Season 1)
Fuat Güner(Season 1)
İnci Çayırlı (Season 1)
Oray Eğin(Season 1)
Eyşan Özhim(Season 1)
Zeynep Talu(Season 2)
Özdemir Erdoğan(Season 2)
Ayşe Özyılmazel(Season 2)
2007-2008
 Vietnam Cặp đôi hoàn hảo VTV3 Thanh Ngọc(Season 1)
Phan Anh(Season 1)
Trấn Thành (Season 2)
Vy Oanh(Season 2)
Lê Hoàng(Season 1-)
Siu Black(Season 1)
Lê Minh Sơn(Season 1-)
Lưu Thiên Hương(Season 2-)
9 October 2011 – ongoing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Watson pulls out of talent show". BBC NEWS. 22 December 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "MEGA TV JUST THE 2 OF US". Megatv.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 

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