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  TV pop
How long has it been going on?
Who are the main stars?
Who are the main creators?
Fascinating facts
What happens next?

 
Who are the main stars?

Liberty X:
They finished runners-up to Hear'Say in Popstars, and they had to change their first name (from plain Liberty). But they've come out on top as a hugely classy R 'n' B act with an army of fans and perhaps the greatest potential to last.



Will Young:
He beat 10,000 other hopefuls to win Pop Idol and has been a major success story ever since. The lovable chap sold more singles in 2002 than anybody else.



Gareth Gates:
Didn't win Pop Idol, but that hasn't stopped him. He's had three number ones, and swept up at the 2002 T4 Smash Hits Awards winning best newcomer, most fanciable male and best haircut. However his last single only hit 6 in the charts.



Darius:
The guy that just wouldn't give up. He didn't win Popstars or Pop Idol, but has written his own material and enjoyed chart success with Colourblind and Rushes in 2002.



Girls Aloud:
Very wisely given an edgy image and steered well clear of the drippy pop songs beloved of their rivals. Their first single Sounds of the Underground beat One True Voice to Christmas Number One.



David Sneddon:
Winner of the BBC's Fame Academy, the talented Scotsman hit number one with his debut single, but sold the lowest-ever number of records to get there.



One True Voice:
Oh dear. The boys from Popstars: The Rivals failed to hit the number one spot with their first single, and we've not heard a peek out of them since!



Hear'Say:
Oh dear oh dear. They started off an absolutely major success off the back of ITV1's Popstars. They were the first band to clock up number ones with both their first single and album. But it didn't last - they never recovered from Kym's departure and have now split.


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