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18 '00s British Celebrities You Forgot You Used To Love

Warning: high levels of guyliner and spiked hair ahead.

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1. Will "Our Love Is Evergreen" Young

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Why you loved him: Will Young was the kind of guy you could take home to your mum – probably because all mums voted for him to win Pop Idol. You may have questioned your love when he beat Gareth Gates, though.

2. Lee "Blue-Eyed Babe" Ryan

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Why you loved him: Lee may have been overshadowed by a couple of his bandmates, but he was unquestionably the cutest member of Blue. Be honest – you had a poster of him on your bedroom wall, didn't you?

3. Lloyd "Cute-Factor" Daniels

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Why you loved him: Lloyd Daniels was the definition of cute af. Nobody really remembers what he did after X Factor (or on The X Factor), but if you're that cute, who cares?

4. Sean "Wood 4 Wood" Biggerstaff

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Why you loved him: Let's be real - who didn't have a crush on Oliver Wood? The super hot Quidditch captain was the standout heartthrob of the entire Harry Potter series. Sorry, DanRad.

5. Shayne "That's My (Bae) Goal" Ward

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Why you loved him: He was the first real success of The X Factor – "That's My Goal" became the third fastest-selling single in the UK and his face was bae goals before the word bae was even a thing.

6. Charlie "Why Did You Leave Busted" Simpson

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Why you loved him: Let's be fair, he was almost everybody's Busted favourite until he turned his back on the band. Those spiky highlights and high stage jumps left your heart all a-flutter.

7. Gary "Arrest Me Please" Lucy

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Why you loved him: Gary Lucy played a police officer in The Bill and a footballer in Footballers Wives. Basically, he was all of our fantasies rolled into one.

8. Gareth "Why Didn't You Win?" Gates

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Why you loved him: How could you not love those dimples and that stutter?! His performance of Unchained Melody had eyes tearing and hearts skipping. He may not have won the Pop Idol crown, but he definitely won in the absolutely adorbs stakes.

9. Dean "Let Me Sweep Your Streets" Gaffney

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Why you loved him: He made street sweeping cool as Robbie Jackson on Eastenders. Let's not get started on Wellard, the dog – we probably loved him even more than his human.

10. Richard "Soapstar Superstar" Fleeshman

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Why you loved him: He made goths hot as Craig Harris in Coronation Street, and then crooned his way into our hearts on reality show Soapstar Superstar. He can play guitar too – sing to us, please!

11. James "You Know You Love Me" Bourne

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Why you loved him: Charlie and Matt may have been the obvious Busted faves, but the band's cutie James and his super '00s floppy fringe stole all of our hearts.

12. John James "Is There Something On My Face?" Parton

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Why you loved him: He had that whole blonde-Aussie-surfer vibe going on when he entered the Big Brother house back in 2010. He also made guyliner totally ~mainstream~ – and, be honest, you were into it.

13. Jay "Are You Down?" Sean

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Why you loved him: Jay Sean hit the big time in 2009 when his single "Down" went to No. 1 in the US. Everybody was down (down down down down) with him for a while.

14. Eoghan "It's Pronounced Owen" Quigg

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Why you loved him: Remember the little blonde cutie from The X Factor that wasn't Lloyd Daniels? You know, the one that had a thing with Diana Vickers and was Louis' favourite because he was (Northern) Irish...

15. Aiden "Look Into My Eyes" Grimshaw

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Why you loved him: He performed on The X Factor in a straight jacket but that didn't stop his ~intense~ eyes from stealing our souls. Somehow he was eliminated from his season way too early. We'll put it down to everybody being too hypnotised by his stare to pick up the phone (or the fact that everyone was voting for One Direction instead).

16. Rob "Ravishing Redhead" Kazinsky

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Why you loved him: Rob played Walford's resident bad boy Sean Slater in Eastenders for three years, and his storyline may have been a little intense, but you couldn't focus on anything other than those bright green eyes. Plus, who doesn't love a redhead?!

18. Ross "Bald Ambition" Kemp

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Why you loved him: You had to have a favourite Mitchell brother, but Phil was a little too tough – you know you wanted a piece of Grant Mitchell.

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