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  Michelle is voted your Pop Idol
Updated 21 December 2003, 09.51
Michelle McManus has won Pop Idol
Michelle McManus has won Pop Idol after more than 10 million people called in to cast their votes on the show.

The 23-year-old girl from Glasgow has won a record contract after winning the ITV1 talent programme.

Michelle, who has had to put up with weekly comments about her weight, beat Mark Rhodes, 21, from the West Midlands, who got down to the last two.

"To everyone who said I couldn't do it, I've done it," Michelle said. "I just want to do really well."

'Best shot'

Michelle broke down in tears on the show when the results were announced.

She later said she'd be moving to London with her two best friends to make a real go of it as a pop star.

"Whether it lasts a year or 20 years, I'm going to give it my best shot," she said. "I haven't come from anywhere, I was a nobody six months ago."

'Broken the norm'

Mark Rhodes came second
Judge Simon Cowell, who has supported Michelle through the final weeks, said Michelle had "broken the norm" for popstars.

But fellow judge Pete Waterman, who criticised Michelle and said he didn't agree with many of the contestants who made it into the final 10, reportedly left the studio shortly after the results.

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