Soapstar Superstar is a British reality singing competition, produced by Granada Television (branded Granada Productions and ITV Productions), and aired on ITV from 6 January 2006 to 13 January 2007. The show's format works in a similar format to that of Pop Idol and The X Factor, in that the competition features a group of soap opera actors performing in front of a celebrity panel of judges, with the weakest performers being eliminated when they receive the fewest votes from the judges and a public vote. Unlike these shows, the audience decides upon the song contestants sung in the next round, with the eliminated contestant joining the judging panel for that episode to save one of the other contestants and decide on which song they would sing next.
|Presented by||Ben Shephard & Fern Britton (2006)|
Zoë Ball (2007)
|Judges||Billy Sammeth (2006-07)|
Chris Cowey (2006-07)
Cilla Black (2006)
Martine McCutcheon (2007)
Michael Ball (2007)
David Gest (2007)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Producer(s)||Granada Television - branded as Granada Productions / ITV Productions|
|Running time||60 to 90 minutes|
|Original release||6 January 2006 –|
13 January 2007
The first series was hosted by Fern Britton and Ben Shephard, with Jayne Middlemiss and Duncan James hosting a companion show for the series on ITV2, entitled Soapstar Superstar: Extra Tracks. For the second series, the show was presented by Zoe Ball, with the ITV2 companion show, retitled as Soapstar Superstar: Bonus Tracks, hosted by Mark Durden-Smith, Sheree Murphy and Rob Deering. Both series featured Billy Sammeth and Chris Cowey as part of the judging panel, with assistance from Cilla Black in 2006, and Martine McCutcheon and Michael Ball in 2007.
Series 1 ResultsEdit
|1st||Richard Fleeshman||Coronation Street|
|2nd||Andy Whyment||Coronation Street|
|3rd||Lucy Pargeter||Crossroads & Emmerdale|
|6th||Wendi Peters||Coronation Street|
|7th||Shobna Gulati||Eastenders & Coronation Street|
|8th||Nicholas Bailey||Coronation Street & EastEnders|
Series 2 ResultsEdit
|1st||Antony Cotton||Coronation Street|
|3rd||Lee Otway||Home and Away|
|4th||Tupele Dorgu||Coronation Street|
|7th||Leon Lopez 1||Brookside|
|10th||Jane Danson||Coronation Street|
On 18 October 2007, after an in-depth investigation of ITV phone-in shows by Deloitte, it was revealed that phone-in votes for songs and even votes for contestants to go through to the next round had been manipulated by the programme makers. This involved some 20% of the viewers' votes for songs being ignored, and Jane Danson and Tupele Dorgu being put up for eviction in the first episode when the bottom two contestants by votes were actually Verity Rushworth and Leon Lopez.
As a result, ITV aired an Ofcom summary of findings announcement just before the final of the second series of Britain's Got Talent on 31 May 2008. It was shown again on 8 June 2008 before that night's episode of Coronation Street. Granada Television was also fined for the breach.
Although the programme was doing well, drawing in good viewing figures, ITV felt that the show had reached its "natural conclusion", and thus announced on 25 May 2007 that the programme had been axed. Amongst its reasons for the decision was the belief that the programme had become too similar to the broadcaster's other hit show, The X Factor.
The Polish edition of Soapstar Superstar, Jak Oni Śpiewają (How They Sing) aired from 3 March until 2 June 2007. It was won by Agnieszka Włodarczyk (Weronika Potoczny from "Plebania"). The second season ran from 8 September until 15 December 2007. The winner was Joanna Liszowska (Dorota Lewkiewicz from "Na dobre i na złe"). The third season aired from 8 March until 31 May 2008. It was won by Krzysztof Respondek (Michał Jeleń from "Barwy Szczęścia"). The fourth season ran from 6 September until 6 December 2008.The winner was Artur Chamski. The 5th season won Laura Samojłowicz. The 6th season won Krzysztof Respondek again (It was All Star Season).
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