Skip To Content
    Posted on Jan 15, 2015

    19 Backstage Pictures From "Pop Idol" That'll Take You Back To 2001

    Will, Gareth, Darius, Zoe, and Hayley were a dream team.

    1. Gareth Gates and Zoe Birkett sharing a hot drink between performances.

    FremantleMedia Ltd/REX USA

    And failing to realise that they were meant to be :( :( :(

    2. Hayley Evetts getting her hair straightened with actual Babyliss straighteners.

    FremantleMedia Ltd/REX USA

    3. Dr. Fox, Simon Cowell, Nikki Chapman, and Pete Waterman posing for press shots outside the audition centre.

    PA Archive/Press Association Images Myung Jung Kim

    4. Meanwhile, hopeful auditionees queued up outside.

    PA Archive/Press Association Images Myung Jung Kim

    5. Laura Doherty and Hayley Evetts being told they'd made it through to the live shows.

    FremantleMedia Ltd/REX USA

    6. Will Young, Gareth Gates, Zoe Birkett, Hayley Evetts, Darius Danesh, and Rosie Ribbons talking to Ant and Dec between performances.

    FremantleMedia Ltd/REX USA

    7. Simon Cowell taking a break during the audition process.

    FremantleMedia Ltd/REX USA

    8. Gareth Gates meeting his teenage fans.

    PA Archive/Press Association Images Yui Mok

    9. And let's not forget quite how dedicated his fans were.

    Andrew Murray/REX USA

    Note the "Vote Gareth" bus in the background.

    10. Rosie Ribbons, Hayley Evetts, and Zoe Birkett backstage.

    FremantleMedia Ltd/REX USA

    11. Will Young celebrating his victory with a glass of champagne.

    PA Archive/Press Association Images Myung Jung Kim

    12. Rosie Ribbons, Jessica Garlick, and another contestant stopping for a lunch break.

    FremantleMedia Ltd/REX USA

    13. The judges and hosts posing for press shots.

    Getty Images Steve Finn

    14. Gareth Gates, Hayley Evetts, Darius Danesh, Zoe Birkett, and Will Young attending their first premiere.

    PA Archive/Press Association Images Yui Mok

    15. Will Young rehearsing with a CD player in his dressing room.

    FremantleMedia Ltd/REX USA

    16. Gareth Gates and Will Young preparing for the final.

    PA Archive/Press Association Images

    17. Zoe Birkett and Gareth Gates sitting with the other contestants from their heat.

    FremantleMedia Ltd/REX USA

    18. Will Young, Darius Danesh, and Gareth Gates backstage.

    FremantleMedia Ltd/REX USA

    19. And finally, Gareth Gates and Will Young on the night of the final.

    PA Archive/Press Association Images Myung Jung Kim

    BuzzFeed Daily

    Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form