Mark Rhodes

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For the English footballer, see Mark Rhodes (footballer).

Mark Thomas Rhodes (born 11 September 1981) is an English singer and television presenter.

Career[edit]

Born in Darlaston, Metropolitan Borough of Walsall, England, Mark finished in second place in the second series of Pop Idol in the United Kingdom, runner-up to Michelle McManus. After Pop Idol, he teamed up with third-place Sam Nixon, releasing two singles under the name Sam & Mark. In February 2004, their cover of the song "With a Little Help from My Friends" reached #1 in the UK singles chart, remaining there for one week. Their second single 'The Sun Has Come Your Way" only reached #19 in the singles chart. The pair were subsequently dropped from their record label.

Mark went on to co-present Top of the Pops Reloaded with Sam and Fearne Cotton in 2004. From April 2006, Mark co-hosted the weekday children's breakfast show Level Up on BBC Two alongside Nixon and Ayesha Asantewaa. Level Up finished its first series in September 2006.

In September 2006, Rhodes began presenting BBC Two's Saturday morning show TMi alongside Nixon and television presenter Caroline Flack. He had his own short segment of the show called "Question Mark", a feature where he tries to answer viewers' questions, but Caroline and Sam talk through it. In later series, Caroline left and the show moved to Fridays. The show's final episode aired on 17 December 2010. He also co-presented Do Something Different with Nixon and Ayesha Asantewaa. Sam and Mark have produced children's reality series, Who Wants to Be a Superhero? and Sam and Mark's Guide to Dodging Disaster.

In 2009, Mark co-presented the show Skate Nation on BBC Two. Mark presented TMi Friday on the CBBC Channel with Sam Nixon and the pair also present the CBBC family game show Copycats. Sam and Mark were contestants on a celebrity version of 2010 Total Wipeout Celebrity Special, which aired on 2 January 2010. Mark unfortunately fell at the quarter-final stage, losing out to eventual winner Danielle Lloyd. Sam & Mark took part in two episodes of Hole in the Wall, airing on 11 October 2008 and 14 November 2009.

Mark competed in the 2012 series of Dancing on Ice. He was eliminated by the judges on 22 January after a skate off with Dallas actress Charlene Tilton.

Personal life[edit]

When at school, Mark attended Darlaston Comprehensive High School in Darlaston.[1] Presently, Mark splits his time between his flat in London, and his family house in Wolverhampton, where he is regularly seen socialising in the village of Wombourne. Mark became engaged in March 2011. Mark is a massive Wolverhampton Wanderers fan and got the honour of playing on the All Stars side at Matt Murray's testimonial match in 2011. Mark married his girlfriend Harriet Wilson on 2 June 2012.

Pop Idol 2 performances[edit]

Week Theme Song Choice Original Artist Result
Top 50 "She's Like The Wind" Patrick Swayze 20.3% (2/10)
Top 12 Your Pop Idol "With Or Without You" U2 Bottom 3
Top 10 Birthyear Songs "Imagine" John Lennon Safe
Top 8 Elton John Songs "Something About The Way You Look Tonight" Elton John Safe
Top 7 Disco "More Than A Woman" Bee Gees Bottom 3
Top 6 The Beatles "Help!" The Beatles Bottom 3
Top 5 Big Band "Have You Met Miss Jones?" Frank Sinatra Safe
Top 4 Christmas Songs "Merry Christmas Everybody" Slade Bottom 2
"Blue Christmas" Elvis Presley
Top 3 Judges' Choice "Back For Good" Take That Safe
"If You Don't Know Me By Now" Simply Red
Final Contestant's Choice "She's Like The Wind" Patrick Swayze Runner-up
B Side "Measure Of A Man" Clay Aiken
Winner's Single "All This Time" To be released by the winner. The eventual winner was Michelle McManus

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Notes
2003 Pop Idol Contestant
2004–2006 Top of the Pops Reloaded Co-presenter
2006 Level Up Main presenter with Sam Nixon
2006–2010 TMi Main presenter with Sam Nixon and Caroline Flack
2007 Do Something Different Main presenter
2008 SMart Guest presenter
2008 Sam and Mark's Guide to Dodging Disaster Main presenter with Sam Nixon
2009 Who Wants To Be A Superhero? Main presenter
2009 Skate Nation Main presenter with Sam Nixon
2010 Jump Nation Main presenter with Sam Nixon
2010 Copycats Main presenter with Sam Nixon
2011 Comic Relief Does Glee Club Main presenter with Sam Nixon
2011 Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up Main presenter with Sam Nixon
2012 Dancing on Ice Contestant
2014 The Dog Ate My Homework Contestant

Discography[edit]

Singles

  • With a Little Help from My Friends - Sam & Mark (February 2004)
  • The Sun Has Come Your Way - Sam & Mark (May 2004)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mark Rhodes warms up for Dancing on Ice debut". Express & Star (Wolverhampton: Midland News Association). 7 January 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 

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