Pop Idol (series 1)

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Pop Idol
Series 1
Broadcast from 6 October 2001 – 9 February 2002
Judges Simon Cowell
Neil Fox
Nicki Chapman
Pete Waterman
Presenter(s) Ant & Dec
Broadcaster ITV
Winner:
Will Young
Will Young - Glastonbury 2008.jpg
Will Young at Glastonbury Festival 2008.
Origin Wokingham, Berkshire, England
Song "Evergreen / Anything Is Possible"
Genre(s) Pop
Runner-up
Gareth Gates
Chronology
  2001/02

The first series of British reality television show Pop Idol was broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom during the winter months of 2001 and 2002. The show was a singing competition open to people aged between 16 and 26 years old, with the winner receiving a £1 million recording contract to release their debut album. Pop Idol received ratings of as high as 10 million viewers for shows before the live final.[1]

Auditions were held during the early months and summer of 2001 in various locations across the United Kingdom. Selected acts were broadcast on a series of audition programmes in October 2001. The first live show was broadcast on 15 December 2001 and the live final was held on 9 February 2002. The competition was won by Will Young,[2] with Gareth Gates finishing as the runner-up after a public vote. Both of the finalists went on to have chart successes with both their debut releases and subsequent material. Third-placed Darius Danesh also gained a record deal and achieved a string of top-40 hits in the United Kingdom, including a number-one single.[3]

The live shows were broadcast in two parts on Saturday evenings. Each of the contestants sang in an early show at around 19:00 GMT and the results were given in a show broadcast later in the evening.

Judges and presenters[edit]

The show had four judges, Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman, Nicki Chapman and Neil Fox, who gave comments on both the auditions and live performances of the singers. Waterman, Chapman and Fox had also been judges on Popstars, another reality television show with a similar format.[citation needed]

Comedy duo Ant & Dec presented the main shows on ITV1.

Heats & Live shows[edit]

The Heats began airing on 10 November 2001, and consisted of five heats of ten singers. The performance shows were prerecorded on the previous Wednesday, and were shown on the Saturday, with the live results shows following after. Contestants dressed the same to create the illusion that the earlier performances were live. The two contestants from each heat with the most votes progressed to the top 10, where all shows were live. The live shows began on 15 December 2001, and continued through to the live final on 9 February 2002.

Finalists[edit]

Acts
Aaron Bayley Zoe Birkett Darius Danesh Laura Doherty Hayley Evetts Jessica Garlick
Gareth Gates Korben Rik Waller Will Young Rosie Ribbons

Results summary[edit]

Elimination chart

Legend
Did not perform Female Male Top 50 Top 10 Winner
Safe
Bottom 3
Bottom 2
Eliminated
Stage: Heats Live Shows
Week:
3/11
10/11
17/11
24/11
1/12
15/12
22/12
29/12
5/1
12/1
19/1
26/1
2/2
9/2
Place Contestant
1 Will Young 1st
41.5%
1st
27.3%
1st
22.6%
1st
21.3%
1st
29.8%
2nd
25.2%
2nd
24.0%
2nd
27.9%
1st
39.8%
Winner
53.1%
2 Gareth Gates 1st
62.0%
2nd
26.3%
2nd
20.8%
2nd
21.0%
2nd
23.3%
1st
36.6%
1st
25.4%
1st
28.7%
2nd
39.3%
Runner-up
46.9%
3 Darius Danesh 3rd
19.9%
3rd
19.0%
3rd
18.2%
3rd
18.0%
4th
13.3%
3rd
23.7%
3rd
24.5%
3rd
20.9%
4 Zoe Birkett 2nd
10.0%
3rd
10.8%
4th
14.2%
4th
11.4%
5th
7.8%
3rd
14.0%
4th
15.6%
4th
18.9%
5 Hayley Evetts 1st
33.2%
6th
6.8%
5th
5.1%
5th
8.4%
4th
10.8%
5th
5.8%
5th
11.3%
6 Rosie Ribbons 1st
51.2%
4th
10.5%
7th
4.8%
7th
6.9%
6th
5.5%
6th
5.1%
7 Laura Doherty 2nd
30.8%
8th
4.3%
8th
4.3%
6th
7.1%
7th
4.8%
8 Aaron Bayley 2nd
24.9%
5th
6.8%
6th
5.4%
8th
5.7%
9 Jessica Garlick 2nd
12.4%
7th
4.6%
9th
3.8%
10 Rik Waller 1st
25.6%
Quit
11 Korben 2nd
24.7%
9th
2.6%
Heat 5 Hayley Bamford Eliminated
Jade Cannell
Vanessa Cavanagh
Rachel Makins
Davina Perera
Joanne Slattery
Sarah Whatmore
Heat 4 Natalie Anderson Eliminated
Tania Elise Foster
Sally Goodison
Rebecca Govan
Callandria Jones
Lucinda O’Connell
Scott Sadari
Craig Thomas
Heat 3 Anthony Batey Eliminated
Andrew Derbyshire
Helen Farrar
Suraya Klein-Smith
Oliver Manson
Christopher Mason
Sandi McCash
Carla Winters
Heat 2 Joanne Birchall Eliminated
Jonathan Campbell
Chris Gazzard
Nikk Mager
Katie Neiman
Kerry Pitt
Nicola Thomas
David Wilson
Heat 1 Paula-Jade Cremin Eliminated
Errol Edwards
Juliana Hoy
Haifa Kayali
Andy Love
Laverne Scott-Roberts
Jayne Stala
Christopher Tame
  • Darius Danesh was originally eliminated on 8 December results show, placing third in his heat. However, he returned to the show when Rik Waller, who had won the heat, was forced to pull out of the competition due to illness. Danesh started competing from the 22 December show.

Live show details[edit]

Heat 1 (3 November 2001)[edit]

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result Notes
1 Laverne Scott-Roberts "Can't Fight the Moonlight" (LeAnn Rimes) Eliminated
2 Zoe Birkett "One Moment in Time" (Whitney Houston) Advanced Second place (10% of votes)
3 Errol Edwards "Another Day in Paradise" (Phil Collins) Eliminated
4 Juliana Hoy "One for Sorrow" (Steps) Eliminated Fifth place (6% of votes)
5 Paula-Jade Cremin "The Greatest Love of All" (George Benson) Eliminated
6 Christopher Tame "All or Nothing" (O-Town) Eliminated Fourth place (7% of votes)
7 Jayne Stala "Isn't She Lovely" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
8 Gareth Gates "Flying Without Wings" (Westlife) Advanced Highest votes (62% of votes)
9 Haifa Kayali "Unbreak My Heart" (Toni Braxton) Eliminated 3rd Place (9% of Votes)
10 Andy Love "Man in the Mirror" (Michael Jackson) Eliminated
Notes
  • The five contestants who received the highest number of votes were revealed in reverse order. Gareth Gates and Zoe Birkett advanced to the top 10 of the competition and the other eight contestants were eliminated.
  • Haifa Kayali later auditioned for the second series of The X Factor where she again narrowly missed out on the live shows, after being eliminated in the judges' houses round.
  • Laverne Scott-Roberts appeared on The Voice UK in 2014 and her performance made all four mentors want to work with her. She chose to join Tom Jones' team.

Heat 2 (10 November 2001)[edit]

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result Notes
1 Joanne Birchall "Chain Reaction" (Diana Ross) Eliminated
2 Hayley Evetts "I Have Nothing" (Whitney Houston) Advanced Highest votes (33.2% of votes)
3 Nikk Mager "When You Say Nothing at All" (Keith Whitley) Eliminated
4 David Wilson "Love Is All Around" (The Troggs) Eliminated 3rd place (11.5% of votes)
5 Jonathan Campbell "Deeper Shade of Blue" (Steps) Eliminated
6 Laura Doherty "Tears in Heaven" (Eric Clapton) Advanced Second place (30.8% of votes)
7 Chris Gazzard "Lately" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
8 Katie Neiman "From This Moment On" (Shania Twain) Eliminated Fourth place (8.3% of votes)
9 Kerry Pitt "Touch Me in the Morning" (Diana Ross) Eliminated
10 Nicola Thomas "Finally" (CeCe Peniston) Eliminated Fifth place (7.6% of votes)
Notes;
  • The hosts revealed the five contestants who received the highest number of votes in reverse order. Hayley Evetts and Laura Doherty advanced to the top 10 of the competition. The other 8 contestants were eliminated.
  • Nikk was later a finalist on Popstars: The Rivals, but failed to win a place in One True Voice and instead joined the boy band Phixx, who disbanded after one album. He later auditioned for the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008, but the judges didn't put him through.

Heat 3 (17 November 2001)[edit]

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result Notes
1 Andrew Derbyshire "Wind Beneath My Wings" (Roger Whittaker) Eliminated
2 Anthony Batey "Against All Odds" (Phil Collins) Eliminated
3 Christopher Mason "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (Elton John) Eliminated Fifth place (8.3% of votes)
4 Jessica Garlick "Crazy for You" (Madonna) Advanced Second place (12.4% of votes)
5 Rosie Ribbons "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (Bryan Adams) Advanced Highest votes (51.2% votes)
6 Sandi McCash "Perfect" (Fairground Attraction) Eliminated Fourth place (8.5% of votes)
7 Oliver Manson "I Swear" (John Michael Montgomery) Eliminated Third place (8.8% of votes)
8 Helen Farrar "Say a Little Prayer (Dionne Warwick) Eliminated
9 Suraya Klein-Smith "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith) Eliminated
10 Carla Winters "Get Here" (Brenda Russell) Eliminated
Notes;
  • The five contestants who received the highest number of votes were revealed in reverse order. Rosie Ribbons and Jessica Garlick advanced to the top 10 of the competition. The other eight contestants were eliminated
  • All four judges predicted that Andrew Derbyshire would progress, but he failed to make the top five in the public vote. He later auditioned for Simon again during Britain's Got Talent.

Heat 4 (24 November 2001)[edit]

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result Notes
1 Natalie Anderson "Hero" (Mariah Carey) Eliminated Third place (12.6% of votes)
2 Callandria Jones "Think Twice" (Celine Dion) Eliminated
3 Tania Elise Foster "Killing Me Softly" (Lori Lieberman) Eliminated Fourth place (5.9% of votes)
4 Lucinda O'Connell "How Do I Live" (LeAnn Rimes) Eliminated
5 Craig Thomas "I Believe I Can Fly" (R. Kelly) Eliminated
6 Sally Goodison "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (Aretha Franklin and Eurythmics) Eliminated
7 Rebecca Govan "Out of Reach" (Gabrielle) Eliminated 5th place (3.9% of votes)
8 Korben "From the Heart" (Another Level) Advanced Second place (24.7% of votes)
9 Scott Sadari "You've Got a Friend" (Carole King) Eliminated
10 Will Young "Light My Fire" (The Doors) Advanced Highest votes (41.5% of votes)
Notes
  • The five contestants who received the highest number of votes were revealed in reverse order. Will Young and Korben advanced to the top 10 of the competition. The other eight contestants were eliminated.
  • Natalie Anderson was eliminated, but later found fame when she appeared in the West End production of Wicked and several television shows, including a lengthy stint in The Royal and Holby City. She currently appears in ITV soap opera Emmerdale, playing the part of Alicia Metcalfe.

Heat 5 (1 December 2001)[edit]

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result Notes
1 Hayley Bamford "Saving All My Love for You" (Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.) Eliminated
2 Aaron Bayley "Walking in Memphis" (Mark Cohn) Advanced Second place (24.9% of votes)
3 Jade Cannell "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" (Whitney Houston) Eliminated
4 Sarah Whatmore "Endless Love" (Diana Ross and Lionel Richie) Eliminated Fourth place (19.8% of votes)
5 Rik Waller "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Bonnie Raitt) Advanced Highest votes (25.6% of votes)
6 Darius Danesh "Something Inside So Strong" (Labi Siffre) Eliminated 3rd place (19.9% of votes)
7 Joanne Slattery "Relight My Fire" (Dan Hartman) Eliminated
8 Vanessa Cavanagh "End of the Line" (Honeyz) Eliminated 5th place (3.5% of votes)
9 Rachel Makins "Torn" (Ednaswap) Eliminated
10 Davina Perera "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (Bonnie Tyler) Eliminated
Notes
  • The five contestants who received the highest number of votes were revealed in reverse order. Rik Waller and Aaron Bayley advanced to the top 10 of the competition. The other eight contestants were eliminated.
  • Although originally eliminated, Darius Danesh made a return to the live shows when Rik Waller was forced to pull out due to a throat infection. He earned his reprieve for finishing third in the group.
  • Although she failed to make the top 10, Sarah Whatmore was still signed by Simon Cowell. She released two singles which charted in the UK. Cowell later stated in an interview that he introduced the wildcard round in the second series of Pop Idol to avoid prematurely losing talented contestants like Whatmore.
  • Hayley Bamford successfully reauditioned for the second series of Pop Idol in 2003, becoming the only member of this year's heats to again make it to the top 50. However, she was again eliminated at this stage.

Live show 1 (15 December 2001)[edit]

Order Artist Song (original artists) Votes Result
1 Jessica Garlick "Papa Don't Preach" (Madonna) 4.6% Bottom three
2 Korben "A Different Corner" (George Michael) 2.6% Eliminated
3 Zoe Birkett "I Will Always Love You" (Dolly Parton) 10.8% Safe
4 Gareth Gates "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (Bryan Adams) 26.3% Safe
5 Laura Doherty "She's Out of My Life" (Michael Jackson) 4.3% Bottom two
6 Will Young "Until You Come Back to Me" (Aretha Franklin) 27.3% Safe
7 Hayley Evetts "Made for Lovin' You" (Anastacia) 6.8% Safe
8 Aaron Bayley "Jesus to a Child" (George Michael) 6.8% Safe
9 Rosie Ribbons "Whenever You Call" (Mariah Carey) 10.5% Safe
Notes
  • Only nine of the singers performed on the night as Rik Waller had a throat infection that prevented him from singing.[4] The producers allowed Waller to sit out the first week and, if he had recovered, let him compete from the second week.[4] A decision was made that if he failed to recover, Darius Danesh (who had missed out on a place in the final 10 in the same heat as Waller) would take his place.[5] Waller visited a doctor in the week following the first show to assess his condition.[6]
  • After the series ended, it was revealed that Will Young had the most votes this week, with Gareth Gates polling second and Zoe Birkett third.
  • Korben Niblett left the show after receiving the lowest number of votes.[4]

Live show 2 (22 December 2001)[edit]

Theme: Christmas songs

Order Artist Song (original artists) Votes Result
1 Hayley Evetts "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (Brenda Lee) 5.1% Safe
2 Gareth Gates "Last Christmas" (Wham!) 20.8% Safe
3 Jessica Garlick "Merry Christmas Everyone" (Shakin' Stevens) 3.8% Eliminated
? Will Young "Winter Wonderland" (Richard Himber and his Hotel Carelton Orchestra) 22.6% Safe
? Darius Danesh "When a Child Is Born" (Various Artists) 19.0% Safe
5 Rosie Ribbons "Santa Baby" (Eartha Kitt) 4.8% Bottom three
? Laura Doherty "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" (Wizzard) 4.3% Bottom two
? Aaron Bayley "Blue Christmas" (Ernest Tubb) 5.4% Safe
9 Zoe Birkett "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (Mariah Carey) 14.2% Safe
Notes;
  • Rik Waller pulled out of Pop Idol on the day of the second live show,[7] having waited to make a last-minute decision.[8] Darius Danesh immediately replaced him as one of the nine remaining contestants.[7]
  • Jessica Garlick was voted off the show after receiving the lowest number of votes.[9]

Live show 3 (29 December 2001)[edit]

Theme: Burt Bacharach songs

Order Artist Song Votes Result
5 Will Young "Wives and Lovers" 21.3% Safe
? Gareth Gates "Arthur's Theme" 21.0% Safe
? Darius Danesh "What the World Needs Now Is Love" 18.2% Safe
? Zoe Birkett "I Say a Little Prayer" 11.4% Safe
? Hayley Evetts "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" 8.4% Safe
6 Rosie Ribbons "That's What Friends Are For" 6.9% Bottom two
? Laura Doherty "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" 7.1% Bottom three
? Aaron Bayley "Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa" 5.7% Eliminated

Notes

  • Aaron Bayley left the show after receiving the lowest number of votes.[10] His exit created controversy as some viewers claimed that they had been unable to register their votes to keep him in the competition.[11]

Live show 4 (5 January 2002)[edit]

Theme: Songs from films

Order Artist Song (original artists) Votes Result
1 Gareth Gates "My Girl" (The Temptations) 23.3% Safe
2 Rosie Ribbons "Your Song" (Elton John) 5.5% Bottom two
3 Darius Danesh "Baby Can I Hold You" (Tracy Chapman) 18.0% Safe
4 Hayley Evetts "Show Me Heaven" (Maria McKee) 10.8% Safe
5 Laura Doherty "Licence to Kill" (Gladys Knight) 4.8% Eliminated
6 Will Young "Ain't No Sunshine" (Bill Withers) 29.8% Safe
7 Zoe Birkett "Street Life" (The Crusaders) 7.8% Safe

Notes

  • Laura Doherty received the least votes, and was eliminated from the competition.[12]
  • For the first time, only the bottom two were announced, instead of the bottom three.
  • Zoe Birkett had been scheduled to sing "The Power of Love" by Jennifer Rush all week, but had to change it at the last minute having found out it had never actually appeared in a film.[13]

Live show 5 (12 January 2002)[edit]

Theme: Songs by ABBA

Order Artist Song Votes Result
1 Hayley Evetts "Take a Chance on Me" 5.8% Safe
? Will Young "The Name of the Game" 25.2% Safe
? Gareth Gates "One of Us" 36.6% Safe
? Darius Danesh "I Have a Dream" 13.3% Safe
? Zoe Birkett "Thank You for the Music" 14.0% Safe
3 Rosie Ribbons "The Winner Takes It All" 5.1% Eliminated

Notes

  • Rosie Ribbons was eliminated from the show after receiving the least public votes.
  • For the first time, there was no bottom two or bottom three announced, though it was later revealed that Hayley Evetts was second bottom this week.
  • There was a change in the leader of the public vote for the first time this week, with Gareth Gates overtaking Will Young.

Live show 6 (19 January 2002)[edit]

Theme: Big band

Order Artist Song Votes Result
1 Zoe Birkett "Get Happy" 15.6% Safe
2 Gareth Gates "Mack the Knife" 25.4% Safe
3 Hayley Evetts "That Ole' Devil Called Love" 11.3% Eliminated
4 Will Young "We Are in Love" 24.0% Safe
5 Darius Danesh "Let's Face the Music and Dance" 23.7% Safe

Notes

  • Hayley Evetts received the least number of votes and was eliminated.[14]
  • Simon Cowell and Pete Waterman had a major argument on air, after Waterman objected to Cowell's criticism of Danesh.[15]

Live show 7 (26 January 2002)[edit]

Theme: Number-one hits

Order Artist First song (original artists) Second song Votes Result
1 Gareth Gates "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (Wham!) "Unchained Melody" (Todd Duncan) 28.7% Safe
2 Darius Danesh "It's Not Unusual" (Tom Jones) "Whole Again" (Atomic Kitten) 24.5% Safe
3 Zoe Birkett "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" (Whitney Houston) "The Power of Love" (Jennifer Rush) 18.9% Eliminated
4 Will Young "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)" (Eurythmics) "Night Fever" (Bee Gees) 27.9% Safe

Notes

  • Zoe Birkett received the fewest viewer votes, and was eliminated from the competition.
  • Contestants performed two songs this week, back-to-back.

Live show 8: Semi-final (2 February 2002)[edit]

Theme: Judges Choice

Order Artist First song (original artists) Second song Votes Result
1 Gareth Gates "Yesterday" (The Beatles) "Flying Without Wings" (Westlife) 39.3% Safe
2 Will Young "I Get the Sweetest Feeling" (Jackie Wilson) "Beyond The Sea" (Roger Williams) 39.8% Safe
3 Darius Danesh "Make It Easy on Yourself" (Jerry Butler) "Dancing in the Moonlight" (King Harvest) 20.9% Eliminated

Notes

  • Darius Danesh was eliminated from the competition having received the fewest viewer votes, leaving Gareth Gates and Will Young to compete the final.

Live final (9 February 2002)[edit]

In the week leading to the final performances, finalists Gareth Gates and Will Young both went on individual nationwide publicity campaign tours, visiting radio stations and newspapers and giving performances in a bid to help generate support. Both finalists travelled in their own personal bus.[16]

Order Artist First song Second song Third song Votes Result
1 Will Young "Light My Fire" "Anything Is Possible" "Evergreen" 53.1% Winner
2 Gareth Gates "Unchained Melody "Anything Is Possible" "Evergreen" 46.9% Runner-up
  • Will Young won the competition having received 53.1% of the record 8.7 million votes.[17]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Episode Date Viewers (millions)[18] Weekly rank
Auditions 1 6 October 2001 5.24 24
Auditions 2 7 October 2001 5.62 19
Auditions 3 13 October 2001 4.57 30
Auditions 4 14 October 2001 5.45 20
Auditions 5 20 October 2001 5.09 30
Theatre rounds 1 21 October 2001 6.38 18
Theatre rounds 2 27 October 2001 6.14 19
Heat 1 3 November 2001 6.34 19
Heat 1 results 3 November 2001 Under 5.16 Outside Top 30
Heat 2 10 November 2001 7.49 18
Heat 2 results 10 November 2001 Under 5.15 Outside Top 30
Heat 3 17 November 2001 6.40 22
Heat 3 results 17 November 2001 Under 5.31 Outside Top 30
Heat 4 24 November 2001 7.73 17
Heat 4 results 24 November 2001 Under 5.42 Outside Top 30
Heat 5 1 December 2001 7.61 18
Heat 5 results 1 December 2001 Under 5.4 Outside Top 30
The Story So Far 13 December 2001 Under 5.28 Outside Top 30
Live show 1 15 December 2001 7.70 18
Live show 1 results 15 December 2001 7.40 22
Live show 2 22 December 2001 7.91 11
Live show 2 results 22 December 2001 7.28 16
Live show 3 29 December 2001 7.55 15
Live show 3 results 29 December 2001 4.53 Outside Top 30
Live show 4 5 January 2002 8.54 14
Live show 4 results 5 January 2002 Under 4.58 Outside Top 30
Live show 5 12 January 2002 8.05 11
Live show 5 results 12 January 2002 7.40 13
Live show 6 19 January 2002 9.05 12
Live show 6 results 19 January 2002 8.60 13
Live show 7 26 January 2002 10.16 11
Live show 7 results 26 January 2002 10.07 12
Live show 8 2 February 2002 10.28 9
Live show 8 results 2 February 2002 10.42 8
Live final 9 February 2002 13.34 2
Live final update 9 February 2002 Under 4.82 Outside Top 30
Live final results 9 February 2002 12.52 4
Will Young - Pop Idol 23 February 2002 8.14 12
Pop Idol - The Live Concert 27 April 2002 5.56 20

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