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Pop Idol ‘preparing to return to ITV’ to celebrate 20 years since the show ended

Pop Idol was a short-lived show, which aired from 2001 to 2003, but has become an iconic series in recent years. Will Young and Gareth Gates compete on the show

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Pop Idol: Will Young beat Gareth Gates in the final 2002

Pop Idol is said to be returning to ITV to mark 20 years since the show ended.

The show ran from 2001 to 2003 and is the iconic show that launched the careers of Will Young and Gareth Gates.

It is said that it is ‘unlikely’ the program will return in full.

An ITV insider told Metro.co.uk that ‘absolutely nothing is confirmed at this time’. However, any negotiations are understood to be at an ‘early stage’.

Mirror has contacted ITV for comment on the reported return.

The iconic series, which debuted 20 years ago in October 2001, established the blueprint for future hit TV series including The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice UK.







Will is the first winner of the show
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Although it only aired for two seasons, Pop Idol has become an international product and is imitated all over the world from India to the US.

After sitting alongside Pete Waterman, Neil Fox and Nicki Waterman on the jury, Simon Cowell dreamed of a show rival and in 2004 The X Factor was born.

However, supremo Cowell shows off his talent a lot thanks to the original Pop Idol series, which has made him a household name along with amateur singers who have been named stars.

Singer Will Young is the first to win the short singing contest

He won the film at age 22 and ended up with a successful music career, releasing hits like Light My Fire and Leave Right Now.

He even had four number-one albums in the UK and took home the BRIT Awards in 2003 and 2005.







Gareth and Will in 2002
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Meanwhile, Gareth almost failed to win at the age of 17.

Thankfully, he still has a pretty successful career and released a cover of Unchained Melody after leaving the series.

He hasn’t released a single since 2007 but continues to be successful in musicals.

Gareth has starred in several popular musicals including Les Miserables and Learies Blonde.

Other stars to emerge from the show include Darius Danesh, who came in third place in the competition. He went on to release five top singles, including Colourblind .

Zoe Birkett, Hayley Evetts, Rik Waller and Jessica Garlick also competed for Pop Idol in the Fifties.

Many of them, after trying their hand at a musical career, go largely unnoticed.

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