Kirsty Crawford will make her big TV return tomorrow night on BBC’s The Voice and many reality TV fans will recognise her from another TV talent show.
The 29 year old singer previously appeared on ITV’s Pop Idol, way back in 2003 and while she didn’t win the series, the pretty singer did land herself a contract for a solo project, writing and recording material with Mark Goldenberg (L.A.), Aerostorm (UK), Tommy Rando and Hannan & Hannan (AU).
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American Idol boss Nigel Lythgoe wants to reveal vote ranking information to show how popular each act is every week.
The executive producer has been keen to introduce the format for some time and previously did the same when he worked on UK show Pop Idol. Read more & comment »
Most people would find it the ultimate insult to be called a cross between Cher and Pete Burns, but X Factor hopeful Collagen Westwood was left thrilled when Louis Walsh made the comparison!
Before her audition, the 22-year-old revealed: to The Sun newspaper: “Collagen is not my birth name but it feels more me because I love big lips and I have big lips.
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There was a time when Stock, Aitken and Waterman mogul Pete Waterman was – in a television sense – like s**t in a cow field; you simply couldn’t avoid him, no matter what channel you tuned in to.
He had pivotal roles in Popstars: The Rivals, The Hit Man and Her – with Michaela Strachan as his co-host – and Pop Idol, but it seems his decision to suddenly quit reality TV came when Spice Girl Geri Halliwell brought her dog on to the set of Popstars, prompting Pete to ask himself, “When she came in and put the dog on her lap, I thought: ‘What am I actually doing here?’”
Adding that he felt reality TV had become “a pantomime” and in particular, of Popstars, Pete went on to say, “In our contract with ITV, there were all these rules about what you could and could not do on screen… Read more & comment »
Gareth, looking as clean and innocent as he did five years ago when he disappeared from the public eye, showed a maturity beyond his twenty two years as he openly discussed his unfortunate entanglement with the notorious Jordan, his present girl friend and hopes for the future. His come back is most welcome as this young man has a unique voice and personality that can only enrich our lives. He has totally overcome his stammer and is now helping others who have the same affliction.
He talked openly about his disastrous three month fling with Jordan. He spoke about being a seventeen year old family and religious boy, a virgin who was too much for the likes of Jordan to resist as she pursued him (his words) and corrupted his life. Apparently, she moved on happily and left the broken young boy behind. They had both agreed to keep the affair a secret because she was pregnant with another manâ€™s baby and he was ashamed of his relationship with her. He kept his side of the bargain but she, to his shock and amazement, sold the story to the press. What type of woman is this Jordan? His greatest regret was having lied about the relationship to his family and especially to his mother who he is, unashamedly, very close to calling her his closest friend. So refreshing to see a young man not ashamed to declare his love for his mother stating that he honestly did not care what others thought of this..
We saw very little of his girlfriend of four years, who seems to be a very pretty, talented girl, a dancer and model, as careful as he is with her words and in full support of Garethâ€™s hoped for return to the music world.
It was sad to hear that Simon Cowell apparently dropped him five years ago, as did the company he had a record contract with, as he had been his mentor all along in Pop Idol (where Gareth came second to Will Smith) but Gareth has said that he is happy to be a free agent who writes his own songs.
Welcome back Gareth Gates we wish you every success in your venture.
This article was written by Evelyn Lewis. Thanks Evelyn!
The word on the street is that Pop Idol will be returning to our screens next year and the new series will have much more emphasis on performers and less on the judges.
Channel Five and Sky One are battling ITV for the show but Simon Cowell will not be taking part due to X Factor and American Idol commitments.
Sky One programme director Richard Woolfe said: â€œPop Idol is a great brand and when itâ€™s clear what programme is available, weâ€™ll look at it.â€?
ITV director of entertainment Paul Jackson added: â€œWe have made it clear that we want to be included in the pitch round for Idol and we have been told we will be.â€?