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Just the Two of Us is a Britishmarker television reality singing contest hosted by Vernon Kay and Tess Daly. The first series of the BBC show saw eight celebrities team up with professional singers and sing each night in duets, with one pair being eliminated every night. After each performance they were judged by a panel of industry experts. The basic format of the show was first used in another BBC programme, Strictly Come Dancing.

International versions of the format are distributed by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC.

An Australian version, It Takes Two was first aired in 2006. The format has also been sold to Belgium, China, Croatia and the Netherlands.

Format

During the week-long run each day all the celebrities perform a duet with a professional singer. The judges then give comments on each performance. Once the contestants have returned to the "Green Room" (Backstage), the judges each then each give the couple a score from 1 to 10. The scores create a leaderboard which forms 50% of the final result, the other half comes from the public vote via telephone and text entries.

Once the scores and votes are combined to form the final leaderboard for that day's show, the two couples at the bottom compete in a final "Sing Off", where they perform their duet again. Once both couples have performed their song for the judging panel, the four judges decide on who deserves to stay and cast their votes. The couple with the most votes from the judges leaves the show that day.

So far there have been two series, the first won by Russell Watson and Sian Reeves and the second was won by Hannah Waterman and Marti Pellow.

Only four professionals have performed in both series - Natasha Hamilton, Alexander O'Neal, Jocelyn Brown and Beverly Knight.

Series 1

The first series began on 23 February 2006 and ended on 5 March 2006.
Celebrity Professional Eliminated Final Ranking
Siân Reeves Russell Watson --- WINNERS
Mark Moraghan Natasha Hamilton 5 March 2006 2nd Place
Chris Fountain Jo O'Meara 4 March 2006 3rd Place
Penny Smith Curtis Stigers 3 March 2006 4th Place
Nicky Campbell Beverley Knight 2 March 2006 5th Place
Matt Allwright Jocelyn Brown 26 February 2006 6th Place
Fiona Bruce Alexander O'Neal 25 February 2006 7th Place
Gaby Roslin Martin Fry 24 February 2006 8th Place


 Russell replaced former 80s Singer Rick Astley after the latter abandoned Reeves on the eighth day of practice/rehearsals.


The Judges

The judges were: Contestants received vocal coaching by Joshua Alamu.

Series 2

The second series began on 2 January 2007 and ended on 7 January 2007.
Celebrity Professional Eliminated Final Ranking
Hannah Waterman Marti Pellow --- WINNERS
Brendan Cole Beverley Knight 7 January 2007 2nd Place
Mark Butcher Sarah Brightman 7 January 2007 3rd Place
John Bardon Jocelyn Brown 6 January 2007 4th Place
Julia Bradbury Tony Christie 5 January 2007 5th Place
Luke Bailey Natasha Hamilton 4 January 2007 6th Place
Janet Ellis Alexander O'Neal 3 January 2007 7th Place
Gregg Wallace Carol Decker 2 January 2007 8th Place


Singer Russell Watson was originally supposed to be participating on the series with Hollyoaks actress, Loui Batley. However, after having had surgery to remove a tumour from his brain, he decided to pull out of the competition. Unlike last year, however, he was not replaced, so Batley was also dropped from the show.

Jo O'Meara did not participate in the second series as she was taking part in Channel 4's Celebrity Big Brother UK at the time.

Contestants received vocal coaching by Joshua Alamu.

The Judges

The judges were:

Judges' scoring summary

Bold scores indicate the highest for that week. Red indicates the lowest score. * indicates the couple was in the bottom two or three.

Team Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
Final
Hannah & Marti 25 21* 22 24+27=51 27+29=56* 30
Brendan & Beverly 24 24 26 28+30=58 26+32=58 36
Mark & Sarah 26 29 19 30+28=58* 35+29=64 34
John & Jocelyn 18 25 22* 25+23=48* 27+26=53* Eliminated
Julia & Tony 17* 29 24* 29+29=58* Eliminated
Luke & Natasha 26 23* 23* Eliminated
Janet & Alexander 21* 23* Eliminated
Gregg & Carol 21* Eliminated


References

  1. BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Watson pulls out of talent show


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