11 Facts About Pop Idol


Pop Idol is a British music competition television series created by Simon Fuller which ran on ITV from 2001 to 2003.

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Pop Idol was put on an indefinite hiatus after Simon Cowell announced the launch of The X Factor in the UK in April 2004.

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One of the UK's top-earning TV format exports, Pop Idol made extensive use of premium-priced viewer interactivity, with viewers voting by telephone, mobile telephone texting, through the "red button" on digital television sets, or via the official website.

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The sister show on ITV2, Pop Idol Extra, hosted by Kate Thornton made extensive use of mobile phone text messages to raise additional revenue.

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The first Pop Idol received very high voting figures despite allowing only telephone and Internet voting and not making use of texting or the "red button".

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Pop Idol has since moved on to a successful career in musical theatre appearing as lead in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as Marius in Les Miserables, on tour and in the West End and as Claude in Hair.

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Pop Idol appeared in the touring version of Guys and Dolls as Sky Masterson.

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ITV's licence to produce Pop Idol has since expired, meaning that other channels could theoretically acquire the series.

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Pop Idol was released as a video game developed by Codemasters for the PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance it was released for the PC on 30 October 2003.

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Pop Idol format has been launched in dozens of nations worldwide, and there have been many imitations of the programme.

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Similar Popstars format preceded Pop Idol, and was succeeded in Britain by one series of Popstars: The Rivals and fifteen series of The X Factor as of 2018.

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