Pop Idol (series 1)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
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
Origin Wokingham, Berkshire, England
Song "Evergreen / Anything Is Possible"
Genre(s) Pop
Runner-up
Gareth Gates
Chronology

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.

Finalists[edit]

Finalist Age * From Status
Korben 21 London Eliminated 1st in Week 1
Rik Waller 22 Gillingham Withdrew in Week 2
Jessica Garlick 20 Kidwelly Eliminated 2nd in Week 2
Aaron Bayley 26 Newcastle Eliminated 3th in Week 3
Laura Doherty 19 Derry Eliminated 4th in Week 4
Rosie Ribbons 18 Alltwen Eliminated 5th in Week 5
Hayley Evetts 25 Birmingham Eliminated 6th in Week 6
Zoe Birkett 16 County Durham Eliminated 7th in Week 7
Darius Danesh 21 Glasgow Eliminated 8th in Week 8
Gareth Gates 17 Bradford Runner-up
Will Young 22 Wokingham Winner

* as of the start of the series

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.

Results summary[edit]

Colour key
     – Contestant was in the bottom two
     Contestant was in the bottom three
     Contestant received the fewest public votes and was eliminated
     Contestant received the most public votes
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%
N/A 3rd
19.0%
3rd
18.2%
3rd
18.0%
4th
13.3%
3rd
23.7%
3rd
24.5%
3rd
20.9%
Eliminated (Week 8)
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%
Eliminated
(Week 7)
5 Hayley Evetts 1st
33.2%
6th
6.8%
5th
5.1%
5th
8.4%
4th
10.8%
5th
5.8%
5th
11.3%
Eliminated
(Week 6)
6 Rosie Ribbons 1st
51.2%
4th
10.5%
7th
4.8%
7th
6.9%
6th
5.5%
6th
5.1%
Eliminated
(Week 5)
7 Laura Doherty 2nd
30.8%
8th
4.3%
8th
4.3%
6th
7.1%
7th
4.8%
Eliminated
(Week 4)
8 Aaron Bayley 2nd
24.9%
5th
6.8%
6th
5.4%
8th
5.7%
Eliminated
(Week 3)
9 Jessica Garlick 2nd
12.4%
7th
4.6%
9th
3.8%
Eliminated
(Week 2)
10 Rik Waller 1st
25.6%
N/A Quit Withdrew
(week 2)
11 Korben 2nd
24.7%
9th
2.6%
Eliminated
(Week 1)
Heat 5 Sarah Whatmore 4th
19.8%
Eliminated (Heat 5)
Vanessa Cavanagh 5th
3.5%%
Eliminated (Heat 5)
Jade Cannell Eliminated Eliminated (Heat 5)
Rachel Makins Eliminated (Heat 5)
Davina Perera Eliminated (Heat 5)
Joanne Slattery Eliminated (Heat 5)
Hayley Bamford Eliminated (Heat 5)
Heat 4 Natalie Anderson 3rd
12.6%
Eliminated (Heat 4)
Tania Elise Foster 4th
5.9%
Eliminated (Heat 4)
Rebecca Govan 5th
3.9%
Eliminated (Heat 4)
Sally Goodison Eliminated Eliminated (Heat 4)
Zoey Callandria Jones Eliminated (Heat 4)
Lucinda O’Connel Eliminated (Heat 4)
Scott Sadari Eliminated (Heat 4)
Craig Thomas Eliminated (Heat 4)
Heat 3 Oliver Manson 3rd
8.8%
Eliminated (Heat 3)
Sandi McCash 4th
8.5%
Eliminated (Heat 3)
Christopher Mason 5th
8.3%
Eliminated (Heat 3)
Suraya Klein-Smith Eliminated Eliminated (Heat 3)
Anthony Batey Eliminated (Heat 3)
Helen Farrar Eliminated (Heat 3)
Andrew Derbyshire Eliminated (Heat 3)
Carla Winters Eliminated (Heat 3)
Heat 2 David Wilson 3rd
11.5%
Eliminated (Heat 2)
Katie Neiman 4th
8.3%
Eliminated (Heat 2)
Nicola Thomas 5th
7.6%
Eliminated (Heat 2)
Nikk Mager Eliminated Eliminated (Heat 2)
Jonathan Campbel Eliminated (Heat 2)
Kerry Pitt Eliminated (Heat 2)
Chris Gazzard Eliminated (Heat 2)
Joanne Birchall Eliminated (Heat 2)
Heat 1 Haifa Kayali 3rd
9.0%
Eliminated (Heat 1)
Christopher Tame 4th
7.0%
Eliminated (Heat 1)
Juliana Hoy 5th
6.0%
Eliminated (Heat 1)
Paula-Jade Cremin Eliminated Eliminated (Heat 1)
Andy Love Eliminated (Heat 1)
Laverne Scott-Roberts Eliminated (Heat 1)
Jayne Stala Eliminated (Heat 1)
Errol Edwards Eliminated (Heat 1)
  • 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]

Contestants' performances on the first live heat
Act Order Song Result
Laverne Scott-Roberts 1 "Can't Fight the Moonlight" Eliminated
Zoe Birkett 2 "One Moment in Time" Advanced - (2nd place)
Errol Edwards 3 "Another Day in Paradise" Eliminated
Juliana Hoy 4 "One for Sorrow" Eliminated - (5th place)
Paula-Jade Cremin 5 "The Greatest Love of All" Eliminated
Christopher Tame 6 "All or Nothing" Eliminated - (4th place)
Jayne Stala 7 "Isn't She Lovely" Eliminated
Gareth Gates 8 "Flying Without Wings" Advanced - (1st place)
Haifa Kayali 9 "Unbreak My Heart" Eliminated - (3rd place)
Andy Love 10 "Man in the Mirror" 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]

Contestants' performances on the second live heat
Act Order Song Result
Joanne Birchall 1 "Chain Reaction" Eliminated
Hayley Evetts 2 "I Have Nothing" Advanced - (1st place)
Nikk Mager 3 "When You Say Nothing at All" Eliminated
David Wilson 4 "Love Is All Around" Eliminated - (3rd place)
Jonathan Campbell 5 "Deeper Shade of Blue" Eliminated
Laura Doherty 6 "Tears in Heaven" Advanced - (2nd place)
Chris Gazzard 7 "Lately" Eliminated
Katie Neiman 8 "From This Moment On" Eliminated - (4th place)
Kerry Pitt 9 "Touch Me in the Morning" Eliminated
Nicola Thomas 10 "Finally" Eliminated - (5th place)
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]

Contestants' performances on the third live heat
Act Order Song Result
Andrew Derbyshire 1 "Wind Beneath My Wings" Eliminated
Anthony Batey 2 "Against All Odds" Eliminated
Christopher Mason 3 "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" Eliminated - (5th place)
Jessica Garlick 4 "Crazy for You" Advanced - (2nd place)
Rosie Ribbons 5 "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" Advanced - (1st place)
Sandi McCash 6 "Perfect" Eliminated - (4th place)
Oliver Manson 7 "I Swear" Eliminated - (3rd place)
Helen Farrar 8 "Say a Little Prayer Eliminated
Suraya Klein-Smith 9 "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Eliminated
Carla Winters 10 "Get Here" 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]

Contestants' performances on the fourth live heat
Act Order Song Result
Lucinda O'Connell 1 "How Do I Live" Eliminated
Craig Thomas 2 "I Believe I Can Fly" Eliminated
Sally Goodison 3 "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" Eliminated
Scott Sadari 4 "You've Got a Friend" Eliminated
Natalie Anderson 5 "Hero" Eliminated - (3rd place)
Zoey Callandria Jones 6 "Think Twice" Eliminated
Korben 7 "From the Heart" Advanced - (2nd place)
Tania Elise Foster 8 "Killing Me Softly" Eliminated - (4th place)
Rebecca Govan 9 "Out of Reach" Eliminated - (5th place)
Will Young 10 "Light My Fire" Advanced - (1st place)
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]

Contestants' performances on the fifth live heat
Act Order Song Result
Hayley Bamford 1 "Saving All My Love for You" Eliminated
Aaron Bayley 2 "Walking in Memphis" Advanced - (2nd place)
Jade Cannell 3 "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" Eliminated
Sarah Whatmore 4 "Endless Love" Eliminated - (4th place)
Rik Waller 5 "I Can't Make You Love Me" Advanced - (1st place)
Darius Danesh 6 "Something Inside So Strong" Eliminated - (3rd place)
Joanne Slattery 7 "Relight My Fire" Eliminated
Vanessa Cavanagh 8 "End of the Line" Eliminated - (5th place)
Rachel Makins 9 "Torn" Eliminated
Davina Perera 10 "Total Eclipse of the Heart" 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]

Theme: Idols

Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Order Song Result
Jessica Garlick 1 "Papa Don't Preach" Bottom 3
Korben 2 "A Different Corner" Eliminated
Zoe Birkett 3 "I Will Always Love You" Safe
Gareth Gates 4 "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" Safe
Laura Doherty 5 "She's Out of My Life" Bottom 2
Will Young 6 "Until You Come Back to Me" Safe
Hayley Evetts 7 "Made for Lovin' You" Safe
Aaron Bayley 8 "Jesus to a Child" Safe
Rosie Ribbons 9 "Whenever You Call" 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

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Act Order Song Result
Hayley Evetts 1 "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" Safe
Gareth Gates 2 "Last Christmas" Safe
Jessica Garlick 3 "Merry Christmas Everyone" Eliminated
Aaron Bayley 4 "Blue Christmas" Safe
Laura Doherty 5 "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" Bottom 2
Will Young 6 "Winter Wonderland" Safe
Rosie Ribbons 7 "Santa Baby" Bottom 3
Darius Danesh 8 "When a Child Is Born" Safe
Zoe Birkett 9 "All I Want for Christmas Is You" 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

Contestants' performances on the third live show
Act Order Song Result
Gareth Gates 1 "Arthur's Theme" Safe
Laura Doherty 2 "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" Bottom 3
Aaron Bayley 3 "Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa" Eliminated
Zoe Birkett 4 "I Say a Little Prayer" Safe
Will Young 5 "Wives and Lovers" Safe
Rosie Ribbons 6 "That's What Friends Are For" Bottom 2
Darius Danesh 7 "What the World Needs Now Is Love" Safe
Hayley Evetts 8 "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" Safe

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

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
Act Order Song Result
Gareth Gates 1 "My Girl" Safe
Rosie Ribbons 2 "Your Song" Bottom 2
Darius Danesh 3 "Baby Can I Hold You" Safe
Hayley Evetts 4 "Show Me Heaven" Safe
Laura Doherty 5 "Licence to Kill" Eliminated
Will Young 6 "Ain't No Sunshine" Bottom 2
Zoe Birkett 7 "Street Life" 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

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
Act Order Song Result
Hayley Evetts 1 "Take a Chance on Me" Safe
Gareth Gates 2 "One of Us" Safe
Rosie Ribbons 3 "The Winner Takes It All" Eliminated
Will Young 4 "The Name of the Game" Safe
Zoe Birkett 5 "Thank You for the Music" Safe
Darius Danesh 6 "I Have a Dream" Safe

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

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
Act Order Song Result
Zoe Birkett 1 "Get Happy" Safe
Gareth Gates 2 "Mack the Knife" Safe
Hayley Evetts 3 "That Ole' Devil Called Love" Eliminated
Will Young 4 "We Are in Love" Safe
Darius Danesh 5 "Let's Face the Music and Dance" 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

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
Act Order Song Order Song Result
Gareth Gates 1 "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" 5 "Unchained Melody" Safe
Darius Danesh 2 "It's Not Unusual" 6 "Whole Again" Safe
Zoe Birkett 3 "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" 7 "The Power of Love" Eliminated
Will Young 4 "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)" 8 "Night Fever" 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

Contestants' performances on the eighth live show
Act Order Song Order Song Result
Gareth Gates 1 "Yesterday" 4 "Flying Without Wings" Safe
Will Young 2 "I Get the Sweetest Feeling" 5 "Beyond The Sea" Safe
Darius Danesh 3 "Make It Easy on Yourself" 6 "Dancing in the Moonlight" 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]

Contestants' performances on the ninth live show
Act Order Song Order Song Order Song Result
Will Young 1 "Light My Fire" 3 "Anything Is Possible" 5 "Evergreen" Winner
Gareth Gates 2 "Unchained Melody" 4 "Anything Is Possible" 6 "Evergreen" 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pop Idol audience reaches 10 million". BBC News. BBC. 28 January 2002. Retrieved 26 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Will wins Pop Idol". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 10 February 2002. Retrieved 26 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Darius scores first number one". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 4 August 2002. Retrieved 26 April 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "Korben ejected from Pop Idol". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 16 December 2001. Retrieved 1 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Pop Idol's Rick awaits his fate". Mail Online. London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 1 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "Idol's Rick waits on voice". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 19 December 2001. Retrieved 1 May 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Pop Idol's Rik bows out". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 22 December 2001. Retrieved 1 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "Last minute decision for Pop Idol Rik". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 21 December 2001. Retrieved 1 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Jessica voted off Pop Idol". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 23 December 2001. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Farewell to Pop Idol's Aaron". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 30 December 2001. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  11. ^ "Fans demand second chance for Aaron". Newsround. CBBC. 2 January 2002. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  12. ^ "Laura loses pop idol dream". BBC News. 6 January 2002. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  13. ^ "Newsquest - Home". thenorthernecho.co.uk. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Pop Idol: Hayley voted off". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. 20 January 2002. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Pop Idol: Lythgoe warns Cowell, Waterman - TV News". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. 21 January 2002. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Wells, Matt (6 February 2002). "Pop Idol rivals roll on to battle bus in last vote tussle". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  17. ^ McGinty, Stephen (11 February 2002). "Will is TV's pop idol". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. 
  18. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB.