Pop Idol (series 2)

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

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]

Finalist Status
Leon McPherson Eliminated 1st in Week 1
Kirsty Crawford Eliminated 2nd in Week 1
Marc Dillon Eliminated 3rd in Week 2
Brian Ormond Eliminated 4th in Week 2
Kim Gee Eliminated 5th in Week 3
Andy Scott-Lee Eliminated 6th in Week 4
Roxanne Cooper Eliminated 7th in Week 5
Susanne Manning Eliminated 8th in Week 6
Chris Hide Eliminated 9th in Week 7
Sam Nixon Eliminated 10th in Week 8
Mark Rhodes Runner-up
Michelle McManus Winner

* as of the start of the series

Heats & Live shows[edit]

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
     Contestant who the judges selected as a wild card
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
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%
7th
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%
Eliminated
(week 8)
4 Chris Hide 2nd
19.3%
3rd
11.0%
6th
8.1%
3rd
13.5%
6th
10.9%
3rd
16.9%
4th
12.2%
4th
17.5%
Eliminated
(week 7)
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%
Eliminated
(week 6)
6 Roxanne Cooper 2nd
23.5%
8th
5.2%
3rd
13.4%
7th
9.6%
3rd
16.5%
6th
13.2%
Eliminated
(week 5)
7 Andy Scott-Lee 1st
21.1%
7th
7.1%
2nd
16.0%
4th
12.3%
7th
9.8%
Eliminated
(week 4)
8 Kim Gee 2nd
24.2%
6th
8.2%
8th
5.7%
8th
4.6%
Eliminated
(week 3)
9 Brian Ormond 2nd
16.8%
9th
5.2%
9th
5.0%
Eliminated
(week 2)
10 Marc Dillon 1st
28.2%
4th
11.0%
10th
4.2%
Eliminated
(week 2)
11 Kirsty Crawford 1st
19.9%
11th
4.2%
Eliminated
(week 1)
12 Leon McPherson 1st
28.6%
12th
4.0%
Eliminated
(week 1)
Wild
Card
Danielle Tedford 3rd
17.5%
2nd
16.2%
Eliminated (Wildcard round)
Jason Brook 3rd
17.4%
3rd
10.4%
Eliminated (Wildcard round)
Jodie Connor 4th
15.2%
Eliminated Eliminated (Wildcard round)
Rebecca Hayes 4th
9.8%
Eliminated (Wildcard round)
Kieran McDonald 4th
10.7%
Eliminated (Wildcard round)
Glen Harvey 4th
15.1%
Eliminated (Wildcard round)
Heat 5 Tina Perry 5th
6.9%
Eliminated (Heat 5)
Craig Chalmers Eliminated Eliminated (Heat 5)
Becky Oakley Eliminated (Heat 5)
Elizabeth Anastasiou Eliminated (Heat 5)
Katy Pullinger Eliminated (Heat 5)
Tamsin Vaughn Eliminated (Heat 5)
Heat 4 Becca Hossanney 3rd
15.5%
Eliminated (Heat 4)
Jamie Tinkler 4th
8.7%
Eliminated (Heat 4)
Tarek Jabre 5th
8.4%
Eliminated (Heat 4)
Sarah Nowak Eliminated Eliminated (Heat 4)
Elizabeth Rogers Eliminated (Heat 4)
Laura Ross Eliminated (Heat 4)
David Archer Eliminated (Heat 4)
Danielle Wooley Eliminated (Heat 4)
Heat 3 Suzanne Carley 5th
7.7%
Eliminated (Heat 3)
Hayley Bamford Eliminated Eliminated (Heat 3)
Kate Ainscough Eliminated (Heat 3)
Rachel Ifon Eliminated (Heat 3)
Amy Kellegher Eliminated (Heat 3)
Michael Morrison Eliminated (Heat 3)
Heat 2 Adam Garner 5th
9.4%
Eliminated (Heat 2)
Samantha Jones Eliminated Eliminated (Heat 2)
Bianca Lindgreen Eliminated (Heat 2)
Maxwell Roche Eliminated (Heat 2)
Kelly-Marie Smith Eliminated (Heat 2)
Wesu Wallace Eliminated (Heat 2)
Heat 1 Eddie Parry 5th
9.4%
Eliminated (Heat 1)
Jade Hewitt Eliminated Eliminated (Heat 1)
Tim Mvula Eliminated (Heat 1)
Helen O'Brien Eliminated (Heat 1)
Emma Dane Eliminated (Heat 1)
Darja Schabad Eliminated (Heat 1)
  • 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]

Contestants' performances on the first live heat
Act Order Song Result
Emma Dane 1 "Hero" Eliminated
Jade Hewitt 2 "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" Eliminated
Eddie Parry 3 "Still" Eliminated - (5th place)
Helen O'Brien 4 "Promise Me" Eliminated
Tim Mvula 5 "Just the Way You Are" Eliminated
Michelle McManus 6 "Don't Be a Stranger" Advanced - (1st place)
Darja Schabad 7 "Underneath Your Clothes" Eliminated
Chris Hide 8 "End of the Road" Advanced - (2nd place)
Jason Brock 9 "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" Eliminated - (3rd place)
Rebecca Hayes 10 "Stop!" Eliminated - (4th place)
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]

Contestants' performances on the second live heat
Act Order Song Result
Samantha Jones 1 "The Power of Love" Eliminated
Maxwell Roche 2 "Your Song" Eliminated
Bianca Lindgreen 3 "Think Twice" Eliminated
Wesu Wallace 4 "Overjoyed" Eliminated
Kelly-Marie Smith 5 "Endless Love" Eliminated
Susanne Manning 6 "Piece of My Heart" Eliminated - (3rd place)
Brian Ormond 7 "Amazed" Advanced - (2nd place)
Kirsty Crawford 8 "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" Advanced - (1st place)
Adam Garner 9 "Knocks Me Off My Feet" Eliminated - (5th place)
Jodie Connor 10 "One Day I'll Fly Away" Eliminated - (4th place)
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]

Contestants' performances on the third live heat
Act Order Song Result
Kate Ainscough 1 "Show Me Heaven" Eliminated
Amy Kellegher 2 "Get Here" Eliminated
Kieran McDonald 3 "Goodnight Girl" Eliminated - (4th place)
Michael Morrison 4 "Always and Forever" Eliminated
Rachel Ifon 5 "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" Eliminated
Hayley Bamford 6 "That's What Friends Are For" Eliminated
Roxanne Cooper 7 "Beautiful" Advanced - (2nd place)
Sam Nixon 8 "Walking in Memphis" Eliminated - (3rd place)
Suzanne Carley 9 "Run to You" Eliminated - (5th place)
Marc Dillon 10 "Easy" Advanced - (1st place)
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]

Contestants' performances on the fourth live heat
Act Order Song Result
Elizabeth Rogers 1 "You're Still the One" (Shania Twain) Eliminated
Sarah Nowak 2 "Stuck in the Middle With You" (Stealers Wheel) Eliminated
Jamie Tinkler 3 "Right Here Waiting" Eliminated - (4th place)
Kim Gee 4 "Son of a Preacher Man" Advanced - (2nd place)
Laura Russ 5 "Killing Me Softly with His Song" Eliminated
David Archer 6 "What Makes a Man" Eliminated
Danielle Wooley 7 "When I Fall in Love" Eliminated
Leon McPherson 8 "You Are Not Alone" Advanced - (1st place)
Becca Hossanney 9 "Without You" Eliminated - (3rd place)
Tarek Jabre 10 "Let Me Entertain You" Eliminated - (5th place)
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]

Contestants' performances on the fifth live heat
Act Order Song Result
Tamsin Vaughn 1 "Holding Out for a Hero" Eliminated
Mark Rhodes 2 "She's Like the Wind" Advanced - (2nd place)
Katy Pullinger 3 "Desperado" Eliminated
Becky Oakley 4 "You Might Need Somebody" Eliminated
Tina Perry 5 "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Eliminated - (5th place)
Craig Chalmers 6 "I Believe I Can Fly" Eliminated
Danielle Tedford 7 "Fields of Gold" Eliminated - (3rd place)
Andy Scott-Lee 8 "Careless Whisper" Advanced - (1st place)
Glen Harvey 9 "A Million Love Songs" Eliminated - (4th place)
Elizabeth Anastasiou 10 "When I Need You" 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.

Contestants' performances on the live wildcard round
Act Order Song Result
Kieran McDonald 1 "I'm Your Man" Eliminated - (3rd place)
Jodie Connor 2 "Heaven" Eliminated
Rebecca Hayes 3 "I'll Be There" Eliminated
Jason Brock 4 "Lately" Eliminated
Glen Harvey 5 "Yesterday" Eliminated
Susanne Manning 6 "I Don't Want to Talk About It" Advanced - (1st place)
Danielle Tedford 7 "Thorn in My Side" Eliminated - (2nd place)
Sam Nixon 8 "Over My Shoulder" Advanced - (Judges choice)
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.

Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Order Song Result
Kirsty Crawford 1 "I'm Outta Love" Eliminated
Leon McPherson 2 "I Just Called to Say I Love You" Eliminated
Brian Ormond 3 "A Different Corner" Safe
Kim Gee 4 "River Deep - Mountain High"| Safe
Mark Rhodes 5 "With or Without You" Bottom three
Susanne Manning 6 "Ironic" Safe
Andy Scott-Lee 7 "If You're Not the One" Safe
Sam Nixon 8 "Handbags & Gladrags" Safe
Michelle McManus 9 "All By Myself" Safe
Marc Dillon 10 "To Love Somebody" Safe
Roxanne Cooper 11 "You're Still the One" Safe
Chris Hide 12 "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me" 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

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Act Order Song Result
Marc Dillon 1 "Celebration" Eliminated
Susanne Manning 2 "Only You" Safe
Sam Nixon 3 "True Colours" Safe
Kim Gee 4 "Hot Stuff" Bottom three
Chris Hide 5 "Heaven" afe
Mark Rhodes 6 "Imagine" Safe
Roxanne Cooper 7 "Take My Breath Away" Safe
Andy Scott-Lee 8 "She's Out of My Life" Safe
Brian Ormond 9 "Honesty" Eliminated
Michelle McManus 10 "On the Radio" Safe

Live show 3 (8 November 2003)[edit]

Theme: Elton John songs

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

Live show 4 (15 November 2003)[edit]

Theme: Disco songs

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
Act Order Song Result
Susanne Manning 1 "Young Hearts Run Free" Safe
Andy Scott-Lee 2 "Rock with You" Eliminated
Michelle McManus 3 "If I Can't Have You" Safe
Mark Rhodes 4 "More Than a Woman" Bottom three
Sam Nixon 5 "Blame It on the Boogie" Safe
Roxanne Cooper 6 "Can You Feel It" Safe
Chris Hide 7 "Ain't Nobody" 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

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

Live show 6 (29 November 2003)[edit]

Theme: Big band

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
Act Order Song Result
Michelle McManus 1 "Feeling Good" Safe
Chris Hide 2 "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?" Bottom two
Susanne Manning 3 "Cry Me a River" Eliminated
Mark Rhodes 4 "Have You Met Miss Jones?" Safe
Sam Nixon 5 "Mr. Bojangles" Safe

Live show 7 (6 December 2003)[edit]

Theme: Christmas songs

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
Act Order Song Order Song Result
Mark Rhodes 1 "Merry Xmas Everybody" 5 "Blue Christmas" Bottom two
Sam Nixon 2 "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" 6 "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" Safe
Chris Hide 3 "Winter Wonderland" 7 "White Christmas" Eliminated
Michelle McManus 4 "Merry Christmas Everyone" 8 "Oh Holy Night" (Various artists) Safe

Live show 8 (13 December 2003)[edit]

Theme: Judges' song choice

Contestants' performances on the eighth live show
Act Order Song Order Song Result
Sam Nixon 1 "Maggie May" 4 "Always" Eliminated
Michelle McManus 2 "I Say a Little Prayer" 5 "Without You" Safe
Mark Rhodes 3 "Back for Good" 6 "If You Don't Know Me By Now" Safe

Final (20 December 2003)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the ninth live show
Act Order Song Order Song Order Song Result
Mark Rhodes 1 "All This Time" 3 "She's Like the Wind" 5 "Measure of a Man" Runner-up
Michelle McManus 2 "All This Time" 4 "On the Radio" 6 "The Meaning of Love" 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]

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  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. 
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