The first season of Pop Idol premiered on October 6 2001 and continued until February 9 2002. It was won by Will Young. This season was co-hosted by Ant and Dec.

Live Show DetailsEdit

Heat 1 (3 November 2001)Edit

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Laverne Scott-Roberts "Can't Fight the Moonlight" (LeAnn Rimes) Eliminated
2 Zoe Birkett "One Moment in Time" (Whitney Houston) Advanced
3 Errol Edwards "Another Day in Paradise" (Phil Collins) Eliminated
4 Juliana Hoy "One for Sorrow" (Steps) Eliminated
5 Paula-Jade Cremin "The Greatest Love of All" (Whitney Houston) Eliminated
6 Christopher Tame "All or Nothing" (O-Town) Eliminated
7 Jayne Stala "Isn't She Lovely" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
8 Gareth Gates "Flying Without Wings" (Westlife) Advanced
9 Haifa Kayali "Un-Break My Heart" (Toni Braxton) Eliminated
10 Andy Love "Man in the Mirror" (Michael Jackson) Eliminated

Heat 2 (10 November 2001)Edit

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Joanne Birchall "Chain Reaction" (Diana Ross) Eliminated
2 Hayley Evetts "I Have Nothing" (Whitney Houston) Advanced
3 Nikk Mager "When You Say Nothing at All" (Ronan Keating) Eliminated
4 David Wilson "Love Is All Around" (Wet Wet Wet) Eliminated
5 Jonathan Campbell "Deeper Shade of Blue" (Steps) Eliminated
6 Laura Doherty "Tears in Heaven" (Eric Clapton) Advanced
7 Chris Gazzard "Lately" (Stevie Wonder) Eliminated
8 Katie Neiman "From This Moment On" (Shania Twain) Eliminated
9 Kerry Pitt "Touch Me in the Morning" (Diana Ross) Eliminated
10 Nicola Thomas "Finally" (CeCe Peniston) Eliminated

Heat 3 (17 November 2001)Edit

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Andrew Derbyshire "Wind Beneath My Wings" (Bette Midler) Eliminated
2 Anthony Batey "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (Phil Collins) Eliminated
3 Christopher Mason "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (Elton John) Eliminated
4 Jessica Garlick "Crazy for You" (Madonna) Advanced
5 Rosie Ribbons "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (Bryan Adams) Advanced
6 Sandi McCash "Perfect" (Fairground Attraction) Eliminated
7 Oliver Manson "I Swear" (All-4-One) Eliminated
8 Helen Farrar "I Say a Little Prayer" (Aretha Franklin) Eliminated
9 Suraya Klein-Smith "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith) Eliminated
10 Carla Winters "Get Here" (Oleta Adams) Eliminated

Heat 4 (24 November 2001)Edit

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Lucinda O'Connell "How Do I Live" (LeAnn Rimes) Eliminated
2 Craig Thomas "I Believe I Can Fly" (R. Kelly) Eliminated
3 Sally Goodison "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin) Eliminated
4 Scott Sadari "You've Got a Friend" (James Taylor) Eliminated
5 Natalie Anderson "Hero" (Mariah Carey) Eliminated
6 Callandria Jones "Think Twice" (Celine Dion) Eliminated
7 Korben "From the Heart" (Another Level) Advanced
8 Tania Elise Foster "Killing Me Softly" (The Fugees) Eliminated
9 Rebecca Govan "Out of Reach" (Gabrielle) Eliminated
10 Will Young "Light My Fire" (The Doors) Advanced

Heat 5 (1 December 2001)Edit

Order Artist Song (original artists) Result
1 Hayley Bamford "Saving All My Love for You" (Whitney Houston) Eliminated
2 Aaron Bayley "Walking in Memphis" (Marc Cohn) Advanced
3 Jade Cannell "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" (Whitney Houston) Eliminated
4 Sarah Whatmore "Endless Love" (Lionel Richie & Diana Ross) Eliminated
5 Rik Waller "I Can't Make You Love Me" (George Michael) Advanced
6 Darius Danesh "(Something Inside) So Strong" (Labi Siffre) Eliminated
7 Joanne Slattery "Relight My Fire" (Dan Hartman) Eliminated
8 Vanessa Cavanagh "End of the Line" (The Honeyz) Eliminated
9 Rachel Matkins "Torn" (Natalie Imbruglia) Eliminated
10 Davina Perera "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (Bonnie Tyler) Eliminated

Live Show 1 (15 December 2001)Edit

Theme: Your Pop Idol

OrderArtistSong (original artists)Result
N/A Rik Waller N/A Absent
1 Jessica Garlick "Papa Don't Preach" (Madonna) Bottom three
2 Korben "A Different Corner" (George Michael) Eliminated
3 Zoe Birkett "I Will Always Love You" (Whitney Houston) Safe
4 Gareth Gates "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (Bryan Adams) Safe
5 Laura Doherty "He's Out of My Life" (Michael Jackson) Bottom two
6 Will Young "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)" (Aretha Franklin) Safe
7 Hayley Evetts "Made for Lovin' You" (Anastacia) Safe
8 Aaron Bayley "Jesus to a Child" (George Michael) Safe
9 Rosie Ribbons "Whenever You Call" (Mariah Carey) Safe

Live Show 2 (22 December 2001)Edit

Theme: Christmas Songs

OrderArtistSong (original artists)Result
N/A Rik Waller N/A Withdrew
1 Hayley Evetts "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (Brenda Lee) Safe
2 Gareth Gates "Last Christmas" (Wham!) Safe
3 Jessica Garlick "Merry Christmas Everyone" (Shakin' Stevens) Eliminated
4 Aaron Bayley "Blue Christmas" (Elvis Presley) Safe
5 Laura Doherty "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" (Wizzard) Bottom two
6 Will Young "Winter Wonderland" (Richard Himber & His Hotel Ritz-Carlton Orchestra) Safe
7 Rosie Ribbons "Santa Baby" (Eartha Kitt) Bottom three
8 Darius Danesh "When a Child Is Born" (Johnny Mathis) Safe
9 Zoe Birkett "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (Mariah Carey) Safe

Live Show 3 (29 December 2001)Edit

Theme: Burt Bacharach Songs

OrderArtistSong (original artists)Result
1 Gareth Gates "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" (Christopher Cross) Safe
2 Laura Doherty "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" (Sandie Shaw) Bottom three
3 Aaron Bayley "Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa" (Gene Pitney) Eliminated
4 Zoe Birkett "I Say a Little Prayer" (Aretha Franklin) Safe
5 Will Young "Wives and Lovers" (Jack Jones) Safe
6 Rosie Ribbons "That's What Friends Are For" (Rod Stewart) Bottom two
7 Darius Danesh "What the World Needs Now Is Love" (Jackie DeShannon) Safe
8 Hayley Evetts "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" (Dionne Warwick) Safe

Live Show 4 (5 January 2002)Edit

Theme: Songs from Films

OrderArtistSong (original artists)Result
1 Gareth Gates "My Girl" (The Temptations) Safe
2 Rosie Ribbons "Your Song" (Elton John) Bottom two
3 Darius Danesh "Baby Can I Hold You" (Boyzone) Safe
4 Hayley Evetts "Show Me Heaven" (Maria McKee) Safe
5 Laura Doherty "Licence to Kill" (Gladys Knight) Eliminated
6 Will Young "Ain't No Sunshine" (Bill Withers) Safe
7 Zoe Birkett "Street Life" (Randy Crawford) Safe

Live Show 5 (12 January 2002)Edit

Theme: Songs by ABBA

OrderArtistSong (original artists)Result
1 Hayley Evetts "Take a Chance on Me" Safe
2 Gareth Gates "One of Us" Safe
3 Rosie Ribbons "The Winner Takes It All" Eliminated
4 Will Young "The Name of the Game" Safe
5 Zoe Birkett "Thank You for the Music" Safe
6 Darius Danesh "I Have a Dream" Safe

Live Show 6 (19 January 2002)Edit

Theme: Big Band

OrderArtistSong (original artists)Result
1 Zoe Birkett "Get Happy" (Judy Garland) Safe
2 Gareth Gates "Mack the Knife" (Bobby Darin) Safe
3 Hayley Evetts "That Ole' Devil Called Love" (Billie Holiday) Eliminated
4 Will Young "We Are in Love" (Harry Connick, Jr.) Safe
5 Darius Danesh "Let's Face the Music and Dance" (Nat King Cole) Safe

Live Show 7 (26 January 2002)Edit

Theme: Number One Hits

OrderArtistFirst song (original artists)Second songResult
1 Gareth Gates "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (Wham!) "Unchained Melody" (The Righteous Brothers) Safe
2 Darius Danesh "It's Not Unusual" (Tom Jones) "Whole Again" (Atomic Kitten) Safe
3 Zoe Birkett "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" (Whitney Houston) "The Power of Love" (Jennifer Rush) Eliminated
4 Will Young "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)" (Eurythmics) "Night Fever" (Bee Gees) Safe

Live Show 8: Semi-final (2 February 2002)Edit

Theme: Judges' Choice

OrderArtistFirst song (original artists)Second songResult
1 Gareth Gates "Yesterday" (The Beatles) "Flying Without Wings" (Westlife) Safe
2 Will Young "I Get the Sweetest Feeling" (Jackie Wilson) "Beyond the Sea" (Bobby Darin) Safe
3 Darius Danesh "Make It Easy on Yourself" (The Walker Brothers) "Dancing in the Moonlight" (Toploader) Eliminated

Live final (9 February 2002)Edit

OrderArtistFirst songSecond song (original artists)Third songResult
1 Will Young "Evergreen" "Light My Fire" (The Doors) "Anything Is Possible" Winner
2 Gareth Gates "Anything Is Possible" "Unchained Melody" (The Righteous Brothers) "Evergreen" Runner-up
Pop Idol

Seasons: 1 | 2
Winners: Will Young (2002) | Michelle McManus (2003)
Runners-up: Gareth Gates (2002) | Mark Rhodes (2003)
Lists: List of all contestants | List of songs performed on Pop Idol
Categories: Category:Pop Idol | Category:Pop Idol participants

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