Grease Is the Word
|Grease Is The Word|
|Created by||Simon Cowell|
|Presented by||Zoë Ball|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Running time||60-90mins (inc. adverts)|
|Production company(s)||Talkback Thames|
|Original network||ITV, STV, UTV|
|Original release||7 April– 9 June 2007|
|Related shows||Grease: You're the One that I Want!|
The judges were actor and theatre producer David Ian, concert promoter and media personality David Gest, former popstar and television personality Sinitta, and choreographer and former The X Factor judge Brian Friedman. The main ITV show was presented by Zoë Ball, and Holly Willoughby presented Greased Lightnin on ITV2. Greased Lightnin shows extra unseen auditions, behind the scenes gossip and exclusive interviews with the judges and contestants.
Cat Deeley was originally scheduled to present the show, but had to pull out at the last minute due to scheduling difficulties with her American shows. Simon Cowell was also supposed to be a judge on the show but could not as it was shown at the same time as American Idol where he was contracted to appear as a judge. He was still an executive producer.
Unlike the NBC series, the ITV programme was not based (at least directly) on the How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? format, which is owned by the BBC.
After the traditional auditions, the final sixteen were paired up. From show four onwards each couple had to sing a duet, based on a theme. The two couples who gained the least votes, each week, had to sing again, this time a 'Grease' classic. The judges then eliminated one of those two couples.
After three couples had been eliminated, the judges changed the couples, eliminating again one of the two lowest vote getting couples.
The following two weeks, were the Danny and Sandy semi-finals, respectively, with the singers competing as soloists, with the judges eliminating the first and the viewers the second victim of the nights. The final consisted with the final two Dannys and Sandys, with the public voting which two should win the roles.
Tom & Kate
Richard & Joanna
Wayne & Hayley
Bradley & Michelle
Danny R & Lauren
Danny B & Susan
Anthony & Allison
Michael & Vicky
|Couple/Act||Date of Elimination/Winning||Decided by|
|Susan McFadden (24)||WINNER||Viewers|
|Danny Bayne (19)||WINNER||Viewers|
|Anthony Kavanagh (a.k.a. Kavana) (29)||9 June||Viewers|
|Michelle Antrobus (24)||9 June||Viewers|
|Vicky Hoyles (22)||2 June||Viewers|
|Alison Crawford (25)||2 June||Judges|
|Michael Quinn (24)||26 May||Viewers|
|Danny Rhodes (22)||26 May||Judges|
|Bradley Clarkson (25) & Lauren McConnell (16)||19 May||Viewers|
|Wayne Smith (26) & Hayley Clarke (18)||12 May||Viewers|
|Richard Morgan (20) & Joanna Power (22)||5 May||Viewers|
|Tom Bradley (19) & Kate Somerset-How (23)||28 April||Viewers|
Susan is also the younger sister of former Westlife member and current solo artist Brian McFadden.
|Programme||Episode||UK Air Date||Timeslot||Viewers (millions)||Weekly Rank|
|1||??||7 April 2007||18:05||4.13||20|
|2||??||14 April 2007||18:40||4.47||20|
|3||??||21 April 2007||19:30||4.48||19|
|4||??||28 April 2007||19:30||3.87||21|
|5||??||5 May 2007||19:45||4.15||20|
|6||??||12 May 2007||19:50||4.66||21|
|7||??||19 May 2007||20:00||4.50||20|
|8||??||26 May 2007||19:55||3.96||19|
|9||??||2 June 2007||19:55||4.16||20|
|10||??||9 June 2007||19:55||4.31||15|
David Ian gathered the finalists at the Picadilly Theatre in London's West End to tell them that the judges "hadn't got it right with the pairs." 
On the fourth live show, David Ian announced live on the programme that from week five, the finalists would no longer be partnered up. The Danny hopefuls would compete against each other, live on week five's show, and the Sandy's on week six of the show. Each of the Danny and Sandy specials eliminated 2 of the 4 hopefuls thus leaving only 4 finalists for the final vote on 9 June.
- "Kavana in the final ten". The Sun. 7 April 2007.
- "Grease Is the Word finalists revealed". NewzLine.com. 22 April 2007.
- "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB.
- "All change for the Grease couples". Grease at itv.com. May 2007.
- "Finalists now single in Grease". Grease at itv.com. May 2007.