|Born||1981 (age 34–35)
Gillingham, Kent, England
|Labels||EMI, Red Admiral, Coeur De Lion|
|Associated acts||Rik Waller's Mighty Soul Band/Rik Waller's Unfinished Business|
Richard "Rik" Waller (born 1981, Gillingham, Kent, England) is an English singer.
Waller is best known for being a finalist in the first series of the British ITV television series Pop Idol. He made it into the final ten of the show, but was forced to pull out due to severe laryngitis, leading to torn vocal cords as a result of overuse, and his place in the final 10 was taken by Darius Danesh.
Following the show, Waller signed a recording contract with EMI in a deal worth approximately £200,000. His first single was a cover version of Dolly Parton's song "I Will Always Love You" which made No. 6 in the UK Singles Chart. He followed this up with another top 40 hit, recorded originally by Labi Siffre, "(Something Inside) So Strong". Both of these songs appear on Waller's album From Now.
Celebrity Fit Club
Waller has suffered from weight problems all of his life, and briefly appeared on Celebrity Fit Club before withdrawing from the programme.
Red Admiral Records
When he was dropped by EMI, Waller formed his own band to take his music out on the road. He then signed an album deal with Red Admiral Records. Two months into Waller's Beyond Reality Tour 2004, three concerts were cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Among them was a show at the Princess Theatre in Torquay, Devon, for which only two tickets were sold.
His second album Innocence was released in September 2005. The band was subsequently renamed 'Rik Waller's Mighty Soul Band', and then renamed again to 'Rik Waller's Unfinished Business'. On 28 February 2007, Waller appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks in the Identity Parade Round and briefly replaced captain Phil Jupitus when it became clear who was the real Rik Waller.
Waller has also set up his own recording company 'Coeur De Lion'.
- From Now... (July 2002)
- Innocence (July 2005)
- "I Will Always Love You" (March 2002) – UK No. 6
- "(Something Inside) So Strong" (June 2002) – UK #25
|Pop Idol Extra||2001||Self|
|Top of the Pops||2002||Self|
|Celebrity Fit Club||2002||Self|
|The Weakest Link||2003||Self||aka Weakest Link Champions' League (UK)|
|Back to Reality||2004||Self|
|Never Mind the Buzzcocks||2007||Self||Mystery Guest|
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