Popstars: The Rivals

Popstars: The Rivals

Popstars The Rivals was shown on ITV in the United Kingdom. The show has presented by Davina McCall and the judges were Louis Walsh, Geri Halliwell and Pete Waterman.

The judges had to whittle down several thousand singers from open auditions around the UK to just ten boys and ten girls. Each week the public voted for their favourites and the singer with the lowest amount of votes was eliminated until just five girls and five boys remained. From these ten a male and a female group were formed who battled for the Christmas number one of 2002. The boy group was named One True Voice whilst the girl group was named Girls Aloud. The girls won the race for the Christmas number one slot. Girls Aloud have since gone on to release three albums. Highlights from the series were released on a DVD.

Episode Info

Final: 1x17 -- The Christmas Showdown (Dec/22/2002) [Special Airtime: 06:45 pm]

Davina presents this special hour long episode to find out which group has got the Christmas number one slot. Girls Aloud are announced in the number one slot selling almost double the amount of copies of their record than One True Voice have. Cheryl, Nadine, Kimberly, Nicola and Sarah sing their number one hit 'Sounds Of The Underground' live on stage. One True Voice perform live on stage. The Cheeky Girls peform 'Santa Baby' whilst Hazel returns to the show to sing 'When A Child Is Born'. The show's finale is One True Voice and Girls Aloud performing together 'Winter Wonderland'.
Davina McCallDavina McCall
As Presenter
Louis WalshLouis Walsh
As Judge
Geri HalliwellGeri Halliwell
As Judge
Sarah HardingSarah Harding
As Herself - Winning Female Finalist
Kimberley WalshKimberley Walsh
As Herself - Winning Female Finalist
Cheryl Fernandez-VersiniCheryl Fernandez-Versini
As Herself - Winning Female Finalist
Nadine CoyleNadine Coyle
As Herself - Winning Female Finalist
Nicola RobertsNicola Roberts
As Herself - Winning Female Finalist
Matt Johnson (2)Matt Johnson (2)
As Himself - Winning Male Finalist


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1x15: Live Finals - 7 recap: The boys return to sing live one last time and by the end of the evening the group's line up will be revealed. Keith sings You Are So Beautiful and all the judges like his performance. Daniel sings Candle In th Wind whilst Matt performs I’ll Be There. Anton sings I Believe I Can Fly and Jamie sings Everyday Hurts. Chris performs With A Little Help From My Friends. The lines are opened for the public vote and everyone faces an anxious wait. Davina returns later in the evening with the results. The first person to find out that they have made the group is Matt. Keith, Daniel and Anton find out next that they are also in. Davina asks the final two singers, Jamie and Chris to join her on stage. Davina finally tells Jamie that he is the last boy to make the group. Chris performs one last time live on stage and the other boys join him on stage as he sings... read more.

1x14: Live Finals - 6 recap: The girls sing once again this week. Six of them will make it through to the next round. Aimee sings the song You Keep Me Hanging On whilst Javine sings End Of The Road. Nicola sings The Wind Beneath My Wings which the judges all agree was a good performance. Sarah performs I’ll Be There whilst Kimberley sings Emotions. Nadine perfoms When I Fall In Love and Louis is sure that she will make the band's final line up. Cheryl struggles with her rendition of Nothing Compares To You and the judges feel that she could be the one going home tonight. Later in the evening Davina returns with the results of this week's vote. Kimberly, Sarah, Aimee and Cheryl find out that one of them will be going home. Davina then tells Kimberley and Sarah that they are safe and into the next round. Davina then tells Aimee that she is the one going home. Geri offers some comfort to Aimee who then sings again for the last time on the show.
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1x13: Live Finals - 5 recap: The boys sing once again and Davina is on hand to chat to the perfomers. By the end of the night one more singer must go home. Mikey sings the Lionel Ritchie song Hello whilst Chris performs If You Don’t Know Me By Now. Daniel sings For Once In My Life and all the judges like his performance. Matt sings Pray whilst Anton sings You Can’t Hurry Love. Keith sings Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word To Say and Pete is clearly impressed. Jamie performs Working My Way Back To You. The phone lines are then opened for the public vote. Later in the evening Davina returns with results of this week’s vote. Anton, Mickey and Matt discover that they have received the lowest amount of votes. Anton learns that he is safe for another week leaving Mikey and Matt in the bottom two. Davina tells Mikey that he is the one who has been eliminated this week. Mikey performs one last time live on stage and is joined by all the other boys... read more.

1x12: Live Finals - 4 recap: The girls have to sing live for the second time and learn that two will be eliminated tonight. Javine sings Let’s Stay Together and all the judges enjoy her performance. Aimee sings I Only Want To Be With You whilst Chloe sings Rescue Me. Emma performs Be My Baby and receives mixed comments from the judges. Nicola performs Shout and the judges agree that it was a good performance. Kimberely sings Unbreak My Heart and Sarah performs Anyone Who Had A Heart. Cheryl sings Still The One to a mixed reception from the judges. Nadine sings Fields Of Gold and all the judges are very impressed by her performance. Once everyone has finished singing the phone lines are opened for this week's vote. Davina returns later with the all important results. The girls are put into two groups and told that one will be eliminated from each group. The groups are whittled down until only two singers remain in each group. They are Chloe, Kimberley, Emma and Cheryl. Davina tells Chloe and Emma that they are the singers going home tonight.
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1x11: Live Finals - 3 recap: Davina returns with the third round of the final shows. Davina tells the boys that two singers will be eliminated from the competition this week. Chris sings You Take My Breathe Away but the judges are not that impressed with his performance. Mikey sings I want You Back whilst Pete performs I Just Called To Say I Love You. Nikk performs Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow and the judges tell him that he struggled with his performance tonight. Anton sings Cherish which the judges enjoy. Keith sings Over My Shoulder while Matt sings Everyrhing I Own. Jamie sings I Only Have Eyes For You. Daniel performs the song Celebration. After the last performer has finished singing the phone lines are opened. Davina returns later in the evening and Pete asks if he can make an announcement. He tells the judges and audience that he is too old for the competition and needs to withdraw from the series. Because of Pete’s honesty Davina announces that only one singer will now be eliminated tonight. Nikk finds out that he has the least amount of public votes and is that unlucky singer... read more.

Executive Producer: Duncan Gray, Nigel Hall
Producer: Nicholas Steinberg
Associate Producer: Barnaby Coughlin
Make-up: Lynsey Bown
Set Decorator: Marcus Blee
Location Manager: Alan Conley
Production Coordinator: Antonia Taylor
Art Director: Norah Marshall
Production Manager: Alan Williams (2)
Sound Editor: Paul Sagel

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Recurring Guests

Hazel Kaneswaran as Herself (6 eps)
Owen Doyle as Himself (4 eps)
The Cheeky Girls as Themselves (3 eps)
Paul Rose as Himself (3 eps)
Andrew Coleman as Himself (3 eps)
Annika Gavitas as Herself (3 eps)
Nicola Ward as Herself (3 eps)
Jacob Thompson as Himself (3 eps)
Jeremy Medcalf as Himself (3 eps)
Justin Webb as Himself (3 eps)

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Classification: Reality
Genre: Family | Music
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: itv ( United Kingdom)
Airs: Saturdays at 07:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 07, 2002
Ended: December 22, 2002
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