Pop Idol (series 2)

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Pop Idol
Series 2
Broadcast from 2 August 2003 – 20 December 2003
Judges Simon Cowell
Neil Fox
Nicki Chapman
Pete Waterman
Presenter(s) Ant & Dec
Broadcaster ITV
Winner:
Michelle McManus
MichelleMcManus2010.jpg
McManus performing live in 2010
Origin Glasgow, Scotland
Song "All This Time"
Genre(s) Pop
Runner-up
Mark Rhodes
Chronology
2003  

The second series of British reality television show Pop Idol began airing on ITV in the United Kingdom on 2 August 2003 and ended on 20 December 2003. Michelle McManus was announced as the winner and received a £1 million recording contract to release her debut album. Ant & Dec returned to present the show on ITV, whilst Simon Cowell, Neil Fox, Nicki Chapman and Pete Waterman all returned as judges.

The second series was not as successful as the first series, and the viewing figures for the finale were much lower.[1] Waterman considered McManus an unworthy winner.[2] In 2004, Pop Idol was axed and ITV announced a new show created by Cowell, with no involvement from Pop Idol creator Simon FullerThe X Factor.[3] The perceived similarity between the two shows later became the subject of a legal dispute.

Live shows[edit]

The live shows began on 25 October 2003, and continued through to the live final on 20 December 2003.

Finalists[edit]

Acts
Roxanne Cooper Kirsty Crawford Marc Dillon Kim Gee Chris Hide Susanne Manning
Michelle McManus Leon McPherson Sam Nixon Brian Ormond Mark Rhodes Andy Scott-Lee

Elimination chart[edit]

Legend
Did not perform Female Male Top 50 Wild card Top 12 Winner
Safe
Bottom 3
Bottom 2
Eliminated
Stage: Heats Wild
card
Live shows
Week:
13/9
20/9
27/9
4/10
11/10
18/10
25/10
1/11
8/11
15/11
22/11
29/11
6/12
13/12
20/12
Place Contestant Result
1 Michelle McManus 1st
31.4%
5th
9.9%
1st
17.2%
6th
10.7%
1st
23.3%
1st
24.3%
2nd
29.0%
1st
40.0%
1st
40.3%
Winner
58.2%
2 Mark Rhodes 2nd
20.3%
10th
4.9%
6th
7.1%
2nd
15.5%
5th
10.9%
5th
13.7%
3rd
15.1%
3rd
19.0%
2nd
33.6%
Runner-up
41.8%
3 Sam Nixon 3rd
19.4%
J/C 2nd
12.4%
5th
11.1%
5th
11.5%
2nd
16.8%
2nd
18.0%
1st
34.2%
2nd
23.4%
3rd
26.0%
4 Chris Hide 2nd
19.3%
3rd
11.0%
7th
8.1%
3rd
13.5%
6th
10.9%
3rd
16.9%
4th
12.2%
4th
17.5%
5 Susanne Manning 3rd
16.1%
1st
27.2%
1st
16.8%
4th
13.4%
1st
22.3%
4th
11.9%%
4th
13.8%
5th
9.7%
6 Roxanne Cooper 2nd
23.5%
8th
5.2%
3rd
13.4%
7th
9.6%
3rd
16.5%
6th
13.2%
7 Andy Scott-Lee 1st
21.1%
7th
7.1%
2nd
16.0%
4th
12.3%
7th
9.8%
8 Kim Gee 2nd
24.2%
6th
8.2%
8th
5.7%
8th
4.6%
9 Brian Ormond 2nd
16.8%
9th
5.2%
9th
5.0%%
10 Marc Dillon 1st
28.2%
4th
11.0%
10th
4.2%
11 Kirsty Crawford 1st
19.9%
11th
4.2%
12 Leon McPherson 1st
28.6%
12th
4.0%
Wild
Card
Danielle Tedford 3rd
17.5%
2nd
16.2%
Jason Brook 3rd
17.4%
3rd
10.4%
Jodie Connor 4th
15.2%
Elim
Rebecca Hayes 4th
9.8%
Kieran McDonald 4th
10.7%
Glen Harvey 4th
15.1%
Heat 5 Tina Perry 5th
6.9%
Craig Chalmers Elim
Becky Oakley
Elizabeth Anastasiou
Katy Pullinger
Tamsin Vaughn
Heat 4 Becca Hossanney 3rd
15.5%
Jamie Tinkler 4th
8.7%
Tarek Jabre 5th
8.4%
Sarah Nowak Elim
Elizabeth Rogers
Laura Ross
David Archer
Danielle Wooley
Heat 3 Suzanne Carley 5th
7.7%
Hayley Bamford Elim
Kate Ainscough
Rachel Ifon
Amy Kellegher
Michael Morrison
Heat 2 Adam Garner 5th
9.4%
Samantha Jones Elim
Bianca Lindgreen
Maxwell Roche
Kelly-Marie Smith
Wesu Wallace
Heat 1 Eddie Parry 5th
9.4%
Jade Hewitt Elim
Tim Mvula
Helen O'Brien
Emma Dane
Darja Schabad
  • In week 1 of the finals, Chris and Marc received the same vote percentage as did Roxanne and Brian. In week 2, Mark and Chris received the same vote percentage.

Live show details[edit]

Heat 1 (13 September 2003)[edit]

Theme: Contestants Choice'

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Emma Dane "Hero" (Mariah Carey) Eliminated
2 Jade Hewitt "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" (Whitney Houston) Eliminated
3 Eddie Parry "Still" (Lionel Richie) Eliminated
4 Helen O'Brien "Promise Me" (Beverley Craven) Eliminated
5 Tim Mvula "Just the Way You Are" (Billy Joel) Eliminated
6 Michelle McManus "Don't Be a Stranger" (Dina Carroll) Advanced
7 Darja Schabad "Underneath Your Clothes" (Shakira) Eliminated
8 Chris Hide "End of the Road" (Boyz II Men) Advanced
9 Jason Brock "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (Bryan Adams) Eliminated
10 Rebecca Hayes "Stop!" (Sam Brown) Eliminated
Notes;
  • The hosts revealed the contestants who received the top five amounts of votes in reverse order. Michelle McManus and Chris Hide advanced to the top 12 of the competition. The other eight contestants were eliminated.
  • Jason Brock and Rebecca Hayes returned for a second chance at the top 12 in the Wildcard Round.

Heat 2 (20 September 2003)[edit]

Theme: Contestants Choice'

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Samantha Jones "The Power of Love" (Jennifer Rush) Eliminated
2 Maxwell Roche "Your Song" (Elton John) Eliminated
3 Bianca Lindgreen "Think Twice" (Celine Dion) Eliminated
4 Wesu Wallace "Overjoyed" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
5 Kelly-Marie Smith "Endless Love" (Diana Ross) Eliminated
6 Susanne Manning "Piece of My Heart" (Erma Franklin) Eliminated
7 Brian Ormond "Amazed" (Lonestar) Advanced
8 Kirsty Crawford "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (Aretha Franklin) Advanced
9 Adam Garner "Knocks Me Off My Feet" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
10 Jodie Connor "One Day I'll Fly Away" (Randy Crawford) Eliminated
Notes
  • The hosts revealed the contestants who received the top 5 amounts of votes in reverse order. Kirsty Crawford and Brian Ormond advanced to the top 12 of the competition. The other 8 contestants were eliminated.
  • Jodie Connor and Susanne Manning returned for a second chance at the top 12 in the Wildcard Round.

Heat 3 (27 September 2003)[edit]

Theme: Contestants Choice

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Kate Ainscough "Show Me Heaven" (Maria McKee) Eliminated
2 Amy Kellegher "Get Here" (Brenda Russell) Eliminated
3 Kieran McDonald "Goodnight Girl" (Wet Wet Wet) Eliminated
4 Michael Morrison "Always and Forever" (Luther Vandross) Eliminated
5 Rachel Ifon "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" (Otis Redding) Eliminated
6 Hayley Bamford "That's What Friends Are For" (Rod Stewart) Eliminated
7 Roxanne Cooper "Beautiful" (Christina Aguilera) Advanced
8 Sam Nixon "Walking in Memphis" (Marc Cohn) Eliminated
9 Suzanne Carley "Run to You" (Whitney Houston) Eliminated
10 Marc Dillon "Easy" (Commodores) Advanced
Notes
  • The hosts revealed the contestants who received the top 5 amounts of votes in reverse order. Marc Dillon and Roxanne Cooper advanced to the top 12 of the competition. The other 8 contestants were eliminated.
  • Kieran McDonald and Sam Nixon returned for a second chance at the top 12 in the Wildcard Round.

Heat 4 (4 October 2003)[edit]

Theme: Contestants Choice

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Elizabeth Rogers "You're Still the One" (Shania Twain) Eliminated
2 Sarah Nowak "Stuck in the Middle With You" (Stealers Wheel) Eliminated
3 Jamie Tinkler "Right Here Waiting" (Richard Marx) Eliminated
4 Kim Gee "Son of a Preacher Man" (Dusty Springfield) Advanced
5 Laura Russ "Killing Me Softly with His Song" (Lori Lieberman) Eliminated
6 David Archer "What Makes a Man" (Westlife) Eliminated
7 Danielle Wooley "When I Fall in Love" (Doris Day) Eliminated
8 Leon McPherson "You Are Not Alone" (Michael Jackson) Advanced
9 Becca Hossanney "Without You" (Badfinger) Eliminated
10 Tarek Jabre "Let Me Entertain You" (Robbie Williams) Eliminated
Notes
  • The hosts revealed the contestants who received the top 5 amounts of votes in reverse order. Leon McPherson and Kim Gee advanced to the top 12 of the competition. The other 8 contestants were eliminated.
  • None of the contestants from this round made it into the Wildcard Round, making it the only group to not be represented at that stage.

Heat 5 (11 October 2003)[edit]

Theme: Contestants Choice

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Tamsin Vaughn "Holding Out for a Hero" (Bonnie Tyler) Eliminated
2 Mark Rhodes "She's Like the Wind" (Patrick Swayze) Advanced
3 Katy Pullinger "Desperado" (Eagles) Eliminated
4 Becky Oakley "You Might Need Somebody" (Turley Richards) Eliminated
5 Tina Perry "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith) Eliminated
6 Craig Chalmers "I Believe I Can Fly" (R. Kelly) Eliminated
7 Danielle Tedford "Fields of Gold" (Sting) Eliminated
8 Andy Scott-Lee "Careless Whisper" (George Michael) Advanced
9 Glen Harvey "A Million Love Songs" (Take That) Eliminated
10 Elizabeth Anastasiou "When I Need You" (Albert Hammond) Eliminated
Notes
  • The hosts revealed the contestants who received the top 5 amounts of votes in reverse order. Andy Scott-Lee and Mark Rhodes advanced to the top 12 of the competition. The other 8 contestants were eliminated.
  • Glen Harvey and Danielle Tedford returned for a second chance at the top 12 in the Wildcard Round.
  • Craig Chalmers later went on to make the live finals of Any Dream Will Do in 2007.

Wildcard round (18 October 2003)[edit]

For the first time on the UK version of Pop Idol, there was a Wildcard Round where previously eliminated contestants returned for a second chance at making it through to the live finals. As a result, the final 10 was to become a final twelve. The judges announced which eight contestants would earn a Wildcard place at the end of the October 11 results show, and that after they perform the public would choose one contestant to go through, and the judges would pick another. The eight contestants who contested the Wildcard Round were Jason Brock, Jodie Connor, Glen Harvey, Rebecca Hayes, Susanne Manning, Kieran McDonald, Sam Nixon and Danielle Tedford.

Theme: Contestants Choice

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Kieran McDonald "I'm Your Man" (Wham!) Eliminated
2 Jodie Connor "Heaven" (Bryan Adams) Eliminated
3 Rebecca Hayes "I'll Be There" (The Jackson 5) Eliminated
4 Jason Brock "Lately" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
5 Glen Harvey "Yesterday" (The Beatles) Eliminated
6 Susanne Manning "I Don't Want to Talk About It" (Crazy Horse) Advanced
7 Danielle Tedford "Thorn in My Side" (Eurythmics) Eliminated
8 Sam Nixon "Over My Shoulder" (Mike + The Mechanics) Advanced
Notes
  • The judges selected Sam to move on into the Top 12 of the competition, before the hosts revealed the Top 3 vote getters. Susanne received the most votes, and completed the top 12. It was not made clear whether or not Sam was actually in the top 3, as the hosts stated that it was the top 3 of the remaining 7 contestants. Danielle missed out on the finals by one place for the second time.
  • In 2010, Jodie Connor's vocals were featured on the UK number-one single "Good Times" by London grime collective, Roll Deep,[4] and she later went onto launch a solo career.

Live show 1 (26 October 2003)[edit]

Theme: Songs by contestant's 'Pop Idol'

Due to the addition of two extra contestants through the Wildcard Round, it was announced that for the first two weeks of the finals, two contestants would be eliminated instead of the standard one.

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Kirsty Crawford "I'm Outta Love" (Anastacia) Eliminated
2 Leon McPherson "I Just Called to Say I Love You" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
3 Brian Ormond "A Different Corner" (George Michael) Safe
4 Kim Gee "River Deep - Mountain High" (Ike & Tina Turner) Safe
5 Mark Rhodes "With or Without You" (U2) Bottom three
6 Susanne Manning "Ironic" (Alanis Morissette) Safe
7 Andy Scott-Lee "If You're Not the One" (Daniel Bedingfield) Safe
8 Sam Nixon "Handbags & Gladrags" (Chris Farlowe) Safe
9 Michelle McManus "All By Myself" (Eric Carmen) Safe
10 Marc Dillon "To Love Somebody" (Bee Gees) Safe
11 Roxanne Cooper "You're Still the One" (Shania Twain) Safe
12 Chris Hide "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me" (Elton John) Safe
Notes
  • Just 80 votes separated Chris Hide and Marc Dillon in week one.

Live show 2 (1 November 2003)[edit]

Theme: Songs from contestant's birth year

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Marc Dillon "Celebration" (Kool and the Gang) Eliminated
2 Susanne Manning "Only You" (Yazoo) Safe
3 Sam Nixon "True Colours" (Cyndi Lauper) Safe
4 Kim Gee "Hot Stuff" (Donna Summer) Bottom three
5 Chris Hide "Heaven" (Bryan Adams) Safe
6 Mark Rhodes "Imagine" (John Lennon) Safe
7 Roxanne Cooper "Take My Breath Away" (Berlin) Safe
8 Andy Scott-Lee "She's Out of My Life" (Michael Jackson) Safe
9 Brian Ormond "Honesty" (Billy Joel) Eliminated
10 Michelle McManus "On the Radio" (Donna Summer) Safe

Live show 3 (8 November 2003)[edit]

Theme: Elton John songs

Order Artist Song Result
1 Roxanne Cooper "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Bottom two
2 Chris Hide "Circle of Life" Safe
3 Andy Scott Lee "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" Safe
4 Michelle McManus "Your Song" Bottom three
5 Sam Nixon "I Want Love" Safe
6 Kim Gee "The One" Eliminated
7 Mark Rhodes "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" Safe
8 Susanne Manning "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" Safe

Live show 4 (15 November 2003)[edit]

Theme: Disco songs

Order Artist Song (original artist) Result
1 Susanne Manning "Young Hearts Run Free" (Candi Staton) Safe
2 Andy Scott-Lee "Rock with You" (Michael Jackson) Eliminated
3 Michelle McManus "If I Can't Have You" (Yvonne Elliman) Safe
4 Mark Rhodes "More Than a Woman" (Bee Gees) Bottom three
5 Sam Nixon "Blame It on the Boogie" (Mick Jackson) Safe
6 Roxanne Cooper "Can You Feel It" (The Jacksons) Safe
7 Chris Hide "Ain't Nobody" (Rufus & Chaka Khan) Bottom two
Notes
  • Just 697 votes separated Mark Rhodes and Chris Hide in week four.
  • Although Hide was second from bottom, he was announced as safe, leading viewers to assume that Suzanne had come second from bottom.

Live show 5 (22 November 2003)[edit]

Theme: The Beatles songs

Order Artist Song Result
1 Sam Nixon "With a Little Help From My Friends" Safe
2 Susanne Manning "Ticket to Ride" Bottom three
3 Chris Hide "The Long and Winding Road" Safe
4 Roxanne Cooper "Let It Be" Eliminated
5 Michelle McManus "Hey Jude" Safe
6 Mark Rhodes "Help!" Bottom two

Live show 6 (29 November 2003)[edit]

Theme: Big band

Order Artist Song (original artist) Result
1 Michelle McManus "Feeling Good" (Cy Grant) Safe
2 Chris Hide "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?" (Dean Martin) Bottom two
3 Susanne Manning "Cry Me a River" (Julie London) Eliminated
4 Mark Rhodes "Have You Met Miss Jones?" (From the musical I'd Rather Be Right) Safe
5 Sam Nixon "Mr. Bojangles" (Jerry Jeff Walker) Safe

Live show 7 (6 December 2003)[edit]

Theme: Christmas songs

Order Artist First song (original artists) Second song (original artists) Result
1 Mark Rhodes "Merry Xmas Everybody" (Slade) "Blue Christmas" (Ernest Tubb) Bottom two
2 Sam Nixon "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (Wizzard) "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (Various artists) Safe
3 Chris Hide "Winter Wonderland" (Richard Himber and his Hotel Carelton Orchestra) "White Christmas" (Bing Crosby) Eliminated
4 Michelle McManus "Merry Christmas Everyone" (Shakin' Stevens) "Oh Holy Night" (Various artists) Safe

Live show 8 (13 December 2003)[edit]

Theme: Judges' song choice

Order Artist First song (original artists) Second song (original artists) Result
1 Sam Nixon "Maggie May" (Rod Stewart) "Always" (Bon Jovi) Eliminated
2 Michelle McManus "I Say a Little Prayer" (Dionne Warwick) "Without You" (Badfinger) Safe
3 Mark Rhodes "Back for Good" (Take That) "If You Don't Know Me By Now" (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes) Safe

Final (20 December 2003)[edit]

Order Artist First song Second song Third song Result
1 Mark Rhodes "All This Time" (winner's song) "She's Like the Wind" "Measure of a Man" Runner-up
2 Michelle McManus "All This Time" (winner's song) "On the Radio" "The Meaning of Love" (original song) Winner

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Episode Date Viewers (millions)[5] Weekly rank
Auditions 1 9 August 2003 5.61 16
Auditions 2 16 August 2003 7.33 10
Auditions 3 23 August 2003 7.68 10
Auditions 4 30 August 2003 8.85 10
Theatre rounds 6 September 2003 7.29 18
Heat 1 13 September 2003 6.57 18
Heat 1 results 13 September 2003 Under 3.83 Outside Top 30
Heat 2 20 September 2003 6.82 19
Heat 2 results 20 September 2003 7.19 17
Heat 3 27 September 2003 7.02 14
Heat 3 results 27 September 2003 6.63 15
Heat 4 4 October 2003 7.19 13
Heat 4 results 4 October 2003 7.31 12
Heat 5 11 October 2003 6.79 18
Heat 5 results 11 October 2003 6.46 19
Wildcard round 18 October 2003 8.15 12
Wildcard round results 18 October 2003 7.65 15
Live show 1 25 October 2003 8.33 13
Live show 1 results 25 October 2003 7.84 16
Live show 2 1 November 2003 8.53 15
Live show 2 results 1 November 2003 8.02 16
Live show 3 8 November 2003 8.82 13
Live show 3 results 8 November 2003 8.36 14
Live show 4 15 November 2003 8.45 14
Live show 4 results 15 November 2003 7.56 19
Live show 5 22 November 2003 9.44 11
Live show 5 results 22 November 2003 8.99 13
Live show 6 29 November 2003 9.98 8
Live show 6 results 29 November 2003 9.27 10
Live show 7 6 December 2003 9.86 8
Live show 7 results 6 December 2003 9.32 11
Live show 8 6 December 2003 10.51 7
Live show 8 results 13 December 2003 9.37 12
Live final 20 December 2003 11.04 6
Live final results 20 December 2003 10.13 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paulse, Wade (22 December 2003). ""Plus-size" contestant wins U.K. 'Pop Idol', as judge Pete Waterman walks out". Reality TV World. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Wilkes, Neil (23 January 2004). "Pete Waterman: "Michelle is rubbish"". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Cowell reveals new talent search". BBC News. 23 April 2004. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Dream comes true as Jodie hits No1". Manchester Evening News. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB.