Pop Idol is a reality TV talent contest which was created by 19 Management to discover the countries next big popstar. Auditions are held across the country with the chosen few put into the next round. Once the judges have whittled down the hopefuls to just 50 the public vote take over and it decides who stays and who goes each week. The winner of the series is rewarded with a million pound recording contract.
The show's format has been sold all over the world. The show is hosted by Ant and Dec. Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman, Nicki Chapman and Neil Fox are the judges who appear on the show each week. Simon Cowell is also a judge on the American version of the show called American Idol. Series one was won by Will Young while the second series was won by Michelle McManus. Both singers have gone on to have number one hits in the United Kingdom record charts. Highlights from both series have been released on DVD.
Ant and Dec return later in the evening with the results. Mark and Michelle learn that over 10 million votes have been cast. Michelle then learns that she has been voted the winner. Michelle performs her new single All This Time and is joined on stage as she sings by all the other finalists. Once she has finished singing everyone hugs her.