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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 April, 2003, 10:04 GMT 11:04 UK
Hadley wins Reborn contest
Tony Hadley and Michelle Gayle
Tony Hadley beat fellow finalist Michelle Gayle

Former Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley has won the ITV1 pop star comeback show Reborn in the USA.

Hadley beat fellow finalist Michelle Gayle after the UK public voted him their favourite singer of the two on Saturday night.

Hadley and Gayle each sang three songs for the live finale, one from their own back repertoire of hits and two covers sang during their tour of the US.

Hadley's win came after a seven-week tour of the US. It began with 10 one-time singing stars attempting to win new fans with one being voted off the tour bus each week.

Stop-offs included Philadelphia, Detroit, Memphis, Nashville, Cleveland and New York.

The finale was staged in London and hosted by TV presenter Davina McCall.

Hadley sang the Spandau Ballet hit Through the Barricades followed by Marc Cohn's Walking in Memphis and Frank Sinatra's That's Life.

After his win, he told McCall he was still "very nervous".

"I've got to sing again now," he said.

"We've all had a fantastic time and made great friendships. It's been a laugh."

Gayle sang her chart hit Sweetness, followed by Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender, and Dionne Warwick's I Say a Little Prayer.

Gayle was a member of the cast of EastEnders before embarking on a singing career.

She told McCall she was happy to have made it as far as the final of Reborn in the USA.

The series began with Elkie Brooks and Sonia, Imagination singer Leee John, former Eurovision singer Gina G, duo Dollar and Haydon Eshun, one-time child star of 1990s boy band Ultimate Kaos.

Peter Cox, front man with the band Go West, was recruited at the last moment to replace Then Jericho singer Mark Shaw after he withdrew after 24 hours of filming.

Each week local audiences chose their favourites and the two least popular acts were put to a Pop Idol-style phone vote by the British and US public.




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