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  Big Brother meets Pop Idol in new TV show
Updated 02 July 2002, 09.08
Contestants will be trained to the standards of Robbie Williams and Dido
The BBC is launching a nationwide search for a superstar.

The new reality TV programme, called the Fame Academy, is a mix between Big Brother and Pop Idol.

It'll go on air this autumn, and will follow 12 people as they live and work together and try to become famous.

Top star advice

Pop Idol's Will Young and Gareth Gates are both chart-toppers
They'll be filmed 24 hours a day as they live in their "academy" - the Big Brother bit.

And each week viewers will get to vote off the person they think is least good - the Pop Idol bit.

The wannabes will be trained by top people in the music biz - and the BBC says they could be real stars, like Robbie or Dido.

Auditions

Auditions for the wannabes will be held soon.

If you think you have the voice of Anastacia or can out-sell Stereophonics, send a short VHS tape of you performing a well-known song to: PO Box 32702, London, W14 OWB by 5 August.

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