Popstars (Irish TV series)
|Created by||Jonathan Dowling|
|Presented by||Ali White|
|Country of origin||Republic of Ireland|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||Jonathan Dowling|
|Running time||30–90 minutes|
|Distributor||RTÉ Commercial Enterprises, Ltd.|
|Original release||November 15, 2001 – February 17, 2002|
Popstars is an Irish reality television series, broadcast and produced by RTÉ One, which ran from 2001 to 2002. The programme is based on the original New Zealand series and is part of the international Popstars franchise. The series follows members of the public auditioning to be part of a new band, with the age limit being 18 years old.
The judging panel included band manager and television personality Louis Walsh, singer-songwriter Linda Martin and music executive Bill Hughes. Walsh was also a judge on the UK version. The programme was broadcast on a weekly basis; starting on November 15, 2001 and ending on February 17, 2002.
Following the success of Popstars: New Zealand, producers of the show decided to launch the show as an international franchise, with an Irish edition ordered in earlier 2001. Jonathan Dowling later signed on as creator and showrunner of the show, under the working title, Popstars: Ireland, which was later changed to Irish Popstars, before being changed once again to simply Popstars.
Dowling decided to sign Boyzone manager and television personality Louis Walsh; worldwide singing superstar Linda Martin; and international music executive Bill Hughes to be seated as the judges on the programme. Walsh later became a judge on UK version as well, following his successful career on the Irish edition.
With producers planning to have the series to be aired during the summer of 2001, the series did not premiere until November 15, broadcasting during the 2001–02 television season, with 13 weekly episodes ordered. The first season concluded on February 17, 2002, with the series' band being named Six, with Sinéad Sheppard, Emma O'Driscoll, Kyle Anderson, Sarah Keating, Andy Orr and Liam McKenna being elected as the band members.
In mid-2002, it was announced that the show had been cancelled after just one season and that Popstars would be replaced by new singing competition, You're a Star.
The first season contained 13 episodes.
|Episode||Production||Time slot||Original air date||Source|
|1||"Auditions"||101||Saturday 9:00 pm||November 15, 2001|||
|The auditions kick off all around Ireland, in cities including Dublin and Sligo. The judges take interest into particular auditionee Nadine Coyle – but what is she who she says she is?|
|2||"Top Artists Revealed"||102||Saturday 9:00 pm||November 22, 2001|||
|The top artists are revealed, which includes the incredible Nadine Coyle. The judges give the contestants hard challenges to complete to prove they have what it takes to join the future band.|
|3||"The First Performances"||103||Saturday 9:00 pm||November 29, 2001|||
|The contestants prepare for their first live performances, but will nerves get the better of them? The judges take to their judging desk again to judge what they think of the hopeful's performances.|
|4||"The Second Songs"||104||Saturday 9:00 pm||December 6, 2001|||
|It's the second week of the performances, and the hopefuls prepare for their amazing performances. The judges decide to take it easy on the contestants as they are underpressure.|
|5||"Week Three"||105||Saturday 9:00 pm||December 13, 2001|||
|As the live performances continue, the third week is getting the contestants settled in, as they take to the stage with extraordinary performances.|
|6||"The Fourth Week Goes"||106||Saturday 9:00 pm||December 20, 2001|||
|The fourth week continues and the contestants have been getting stronger every week. But is there something going on with Nadine Coyle?|
|7||"The Truth Comes Out"||107||Saturday 9:00 pm||December 27, 2001|||
|The truth comes out for Nadine, and the contestants are one short. The judges decide to give the contestants challenging songs to prove their vocal ability and their true ability as singers.|
|8||"2001 Goes, 2002 Comes"||108||Saturday 9:00 pm||January 3, 2002|||
|To celebrate the new year, the contestants are allowed to pick their own songs - their favourites from 2001.|
|9||"Another Week, Number 7"||109||Saturday 9:00 pm||January 10, 2002|||
|The seventh week goes on, and the competition is even tougher than before. With secret song choices selected by the judges, it's up to the contestants to prove their worthy enough.|
|10||"Live Week Eight"||110||Saturday 9:00 pm||January 17, 2002|||
|The live performances continue, and it's the eighth week already! The remaining contestants must prove that they really want to win the competition.|
|11||"The Quarter Final"||111||Saturday 9:00 pm||January 31, 2002|||
|So close to the final, the quarters begin and the competition is tougher than ever. And the results show the hopeful's futures in the compeititon.|
|12||"The Semi Final"||112||Saturday 9:00 pm||February 7, 2002|||
|The semi finals begin and it's so close to the final. But who is safe and who is going home tonight?|
|13||"The Live Grand Final"||113||Tuesday 9:00pm||February 17, 2002|||
|It's the live grand finale, but who will be joining the band? The band's name is revealed as Six, and the top 6 band members are revealed, during the live results show.|