Popstar to Operastar (series 2)

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Popstar to Operastar
Series 2
Broadcast from 4 June 2011 (2011-06-04) – 10 July 2011 (2011-07-10)
Judges Rolando Villazón
Katherine Jenkins
Vanessa-Mae
Simon Callow
Alfie Boe (Week 5)
Presenter(s) Myleene Klass
Broadcaster ITV
Winner:
Joe McElderry
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Origin South Shields, England
Runner-up
Cheryl Baker
Chronology
2011  

The second UK series of Popstar to Operastar began on 4 June 2011, with eight celebrities in competition to become an opera singer, after achieving success as a popstar. The judges were confirmed; with Rolando Villazón and Katherine Jenkins and two new judges Vanessa-Mae and Simon Callow, who took over the places of Meat Loaf and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Myleene Klass returned as the presenter taking on sole presenting duties as Alan Titchmarsh did not return.

Background[edit]

On 4 August 2010 Group Finance Manager, Ian Griffiths, confirmed at ITV's Interim Results Meeting that Popstar to Operastar had been recommissioned for a second series.[1]

On 12 May 2011, Digital Spy revealed the full line-up for series 2: X Factor winner 2009 Joe McElderry, Ultravox frontman Midge Ure, Toploader's Joe Washbourn, Erasure's Andy Bell, Bucks Fizz's Cheryl Baker, The Pussycat Dolls' Melody Thornton, Steps' Claire Richards and US soul singer Jocelyn Brown.[2]

In the same article it was confirmed that Myleene Klass would present Series 2 alone. Meat Loaf and Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen would be replaced as judges by Simon Callow and Vanessa Mae.[2]

The second series aired on Sundays at 8pm. It began Sunday 5 June 2011, finishing its run on Sunday 10 July 2011.

Popstars[edit]

The results came with no particular order.

Popstar Solo/Group/Band Status
Midge Ure
Ultravox / Soloist
Eliminated (Week 1)
Jocelyn Brown
Soloist
Eliminated (Week 2)
Melody Thornton
Pussycat Dolls
Eliminated (Week 3)
Andy Bell
Erasure
Eliminated (Week 4)
Joseph Washbourn
Toploader
Eliminated (Week 5)
Claire Richards
Steps
Third Place (Week 5)
Cheryl Baker
Bucks Fizz
Runner-Up
Joe McElderry
Soloist
Winner

Results summary[edit]

Colour key:

N/A Indicates that the celebrity was immune from the vote (did not perform)
     Contestant was safe.
     Contestant was in the bottom two and had to sing again in the final showdown
     Contestant was in the bottom two and was immediately eliminated (no judges' vote)
     Contestant received the most public votes.
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Joe McElderry 1st
63.2%
N/A 1st
60.8%
1st
62.7%
1st
58.2%
Winner
77.1%
Cheryl Baker 2nd
29.1%
N/A 3rd
13.0%
2nd
18.2%
2nd
19.2%
Runner-Up
22.9%
Claire Richards N/A 1st
54.5%
2nd
14.0%
3rd
7.7%
3rd
18.7%
Third Place
(Week 5)
Joseph Washbourn N/A 3rd
13.2%

5th
3.5%

4th
6.3%

4th
4.0%
Eliminated
(Week 5)
Andy Bell N/A 2nd
21.6%
4th
6.6%
5th
5.1%
Eliminated
(Week 4)
Melody Thornton 4th
2.1%
N/A 6th
2.2%
Eliminated
(Week 3)
Jocelyn Brown N/A 4th
10.7%
Eliminated
(Week 2)
Midge Ure 3rd
5.7%
Eliminated
(Week 1)
Bottom two Midge Ure
Melody Thornton
Jocelyn Brown
Joseph Washbourn
Joseph Washbourn
Melody Thornton
Andy Bell
Joseph Washbourn
No judges' vote: public votes alone decide who is eliminated and who ultimately wins
Simon's vote to save Melody Thornton Jocelyn Brown Joseph Washbourn Joseph Washbourn
Vanessa's vote to save Midge Ure Joseph Washbourn Melody Thornton Joseph Washbourn
Rolando's vote to save Midge Ure Joseph Washbourn1 Joseph Washbourn Joseph Washbourn 1
Katherine's vote to save Melody Thornton1 2 Joseph Washbourn Joseph Washbourn1 Joseph Washbourn
Eliminated Midge Ure
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
Jocelyn Brown
1 of 4 votes
Majority
Melody Thornton
1 of 4 votes
Majority
Andy Bell
0 of 4 votes
Majority
Joseph Washbourn
4.0%
to save
Cheryl Baker
22.9%
to win
Claire Richards
18.7%
to save
Joe McElderry
77.1%
to win

1 Indicates that the casting vote would lie with that judge if the panel reached a split decision.
2 Indicates that the casting vote was required as the panel failed to reach a majority decision

Episodes[edit]

Voting percentages are from ITV.com

     Most Public Votes
     Eliminated
     Bottom two

Week 1[edit]

Performances

Did not perform (immune for week 1)

  • Andy Bell
  • Jocelyn Brown
  • Claire Richards
  • Joseph Washburn

Bottom two

  • Midge Ure - Eliminated on judges tied 2-2, with deciding vote given to Katherine Jenkins to save Melody Thornton
  • Melody Thornton

Voting Results Rolando Villazón and Vanessa-Mae saved Midge Ure. Simon Callow and Katherine Jenkins saved Melody Thornton.

Guest Performers Katherine Jenkins - "Una Voce Poco Fa" from The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini

Week 2[edit]

Performances

Did not perform (immune for week 2)

  • Cheryl Baker
  • Joe McElderry
  • Melody Thornton

Bottom two

  • Jocelyn Brown - Eliminated on judges decision 3-1
  • Joseph Washbourn

Voting Results Only Simon Callow voted to save Jocelyn Brown, with remaining three judges saving Joseph Washbourn

Guest Performers

  • Rolando Villazón - "No Puede Sur"

Week 3[edit]

Performances

Bottom two

  • Melody Thornton - Eliminated on judges decision 3-1
  • Joseph Washbourn

Voting Results Only Vanessa-Mae voted to save Melody Thornton, with remaining three judges saving Joseph Washbourn

Guest Performers

Week 4[edit]

Performances

Bottom two

  • Andy Bell - Eliminated by unanimous vote of the judges 4-0
  • Joseph Washbourn

Guest Performers

Week 5 (Semi Final)[edit]

Performances

Result

  • Joseph Washbourn - Eliminated by public after receiving the fewest votes
  • Claire Richards - Eliminated after finishing third in the public vote

Guest Performers

Note: Rolando Villazón was absent as a judge in this episode because of a concert he had in Switzerland. Therefore, Opera tenor, Alfie Boe filled in for him.

Week 6 (Final)[edit]

Performances

Result

  • Joe McElderry - Winner by public vote receiving 77.1% of the votes
  • Cheryl Baker - Runner-up by public vote receiving 22.9% of the votes

Guest Performers

Ratings[edit]

Episode Viewing figures from Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (BARB).[3]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers ITV1 Weekly Ranking
0 4 June 2011 5,980,000 23
1 5 June 2011 (20:00) 4,260,000 29
2 5 June 2011 (22:05) Under 3,620,000 Outside Top 30
3 12 June 2011 (20:00) 3,790,000 20
4 12 June 2011 (22:05) Under 2,990,000 Outside Top 30
5 19 June 2011 (20:00) 3,070,000 22
6 19 June 2011 (22:05) 2,710,000 30
7 26 June 2011 (20:00) 2,870,000 29
8 26 June 2011 (22:05) 2,980,000 24
9 3 July 2011 (20:00) 3,010,000 22
10 3 July 2011 (22:05) 3,450,000 16
11 10 July 2011 (20:00) 3,470,000 17
12 10 July 2011 (22:05) 4,220,000 13

Impact[edit]

After the show, Joe McElderry signed a record deal with label Decca, and it was announced he was to release an album of classics, to expose his operatic voice. The album was titled 'Classic' and it was released in August 2011 and charted at no.2, the highest chart position for an album Joe has ever released.

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