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Colourblind (Darius Campbell song)

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Single by Darius
from the album Dive In
Released29 July 2002 (2002-07-29)
  • Pete Glenister
  • Deni Lew[1]
Darius singles chronology

"Colourblind" is the debut single of Scottish singer-songwriter Darius, who finished third on the first series of Pop Idol in 2002. It is the first song taken from his debut solo album, Dive In (2002).


It was released on 29 July 2002 and reached number one in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks.[2][3] It also peaked at number 13 on the Irish Singles Chart.[4] Following Campbell's death on 11 August 2022, the song debuted at number two on both the UK Official Single Download and Official Single Sales Charts on 19 August 2022.

Song history[edit]

After turning down an offer of a multimillion-dollar record deal by Pop Idol judge Simon Cowell to sign with his record label, Darius began work on his solo album on which "Colourblind" would be included.

Darius had been working on the song pre-Pop Idol and was originally ignored by Cowell, however after meeting with Pete Glenister and Deni Lew as well as Steve Lillywhite, the song began to be considered as a possible single.

Music video[edit]

The video for the single was shot over four days in Sierra Nevada, Spain.[5] It follows Darius as he is thrown out of a car in the middle of the countryside. He changes his outfit from a black suit to jeans, to signify he is leaving his Pop Idol image behind.

He meets a girl whose car has stalled, played by model Jacqui Ainsley. After the two meet, a romance ensues, whilst also cutting away to a close up of Darius singing the track as well as playing his guitar. Ainsley later became Darius' girlfriend in real-life, although the couple broke up in 2004.[citation needed]

Track listings[edit]



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 400,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United Kingdom 29 July 2002
  • CD
  • cassette
Mercury [2]
Australia 17 February 2003 CD [17]


  1. ^ a b c d Colourblind (UK CD1 liner notes). Darius. Mercury Records. 2002. 0639652.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  2. ^ a b "New Releases – For Week Starting 29 July 2002: Singles" (PDF). Music Week. 27 July 2002. p. 31. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  4. ^ a b "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Colourblind". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  5. ^ "CBBC Newsround | Darius chats to Newsround Online". BBC News. 18 July 2002. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  6. ^ Colourblind (UK CD2 liner notes). Darius. Mercury Records. 2002. 0639662.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  7. ^ Colourblind (UK cassette single sleeve). Darius. Mercury Records. 2002. 0639664.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  8. ^ Colourblind (European & Australasian CD single liner notes). Darius. Mercury Records. 2002. 0637592.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  9. ^ "Issue 679" ARIA Top 100 Singles. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 20, no. 34. 17 August 2002. p. 18. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Darius – Colourblind" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Top 100 Songs of 2002". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 2002. Archived from the original on 2 June 2004. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  14. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2002" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Most Broadcast of 2002 — Airplay Top 50" (PDF). Music Week. 18 January 2003. p. 31. Retrieved 4 August 2023.
  16. ^ "British single certifications – Darius – Colourblind". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  17. ^ "The ARIA Report: New Releases Singles – Week Commencing 17th February 2003" (PDF). ARIA. 17 February 2003. p. 27. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2003. Retrieved 26 August 2021.