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27 Things You'd Forgotten About Series One Of "Pop Idol"

The predecessor of X Factor, Pop Idol only ran for two series, but let's be real - the first was the best .

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3. The opening credits were composed by Cathy Dennis, who also composed 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head'.

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14. Gareth Gates made his big debut.

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15. As did Will Young's dance moves.

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Note Simon greeting him with 'you're a good looking boy'.

16. Rosie Ribbons sang an original compostion.

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And received zero compliments on her outfit.

17. And after a disastrous audition for Popstars, Darius finally made it on Pop Idol.

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19. Unsuprisingly, really. Force of nature, this performance

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22. The Pop Idol Arena Tour saw finalists awkwardly on the road together.

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23. The show was so popular that Britney did a skit of it.

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It closes with Britney on the sofa in the Big Brother house.

26. The finalists - where are they now?

Gareth Gates (left) toured the musical Boogie Nights at the start of 2013, with members of The Osmonds, Shane Ritchie and Chico. Interestingly, Gates has investments in the company Ingenious Media, which backed Avatar and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Zoe Birkett (second left) has appeared in Rent, Thriller Live and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert . She can be found on Twitter, here .

Darius (centre) has landed a role in the upcoming US television series Beauty and the Beast , where he will play a mercenary bodyguard.

Hayley Evetts (second right). In 2012, Evetts successfully auditioned at the Manchester stages of The X Factor and made it through to bootcamp, but failed to move on to judges' houses.

And Will Young?

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