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Mark Thomas Rhodes (born September 11, 1981 in Darlastonmarker, Metropolitan Borough of Walsallmarker, Englandmarker) is a Britishmarker pop singer and television presenter.


Mark finished in second place in the second series of Pop Idol in the UKmarker, runner-up to Michelle McManus. After Pop Idol he teamed up with third-place Sam Nixon, releasing two singles under the name Sam and Mark. In February 2004, their cover of the song "With a Little Help from My Friends" reached #1 in the UK singles chart, remaining there for one week. Their second single 'The Sun Has Come Your Way" only reached #19 in the singles chart. The pair were subsequently dropped from their record label.

Mark went on to co-present Top of the Pops Reloaded with Sam Nixon and Fearne Cotton in 2004. From April 2006, Mark co-hosted the weekday children's breakfast show Level Up on BBC Two alongside Nixon and Ayesha Asantewaa. Level Up finished its first series in September 2006.

As of September 2006, Rhodes co-presents BBC Two's Saturday morning show TMi alongside Sam Nixon and television presenter Caroline Flack. He has his own short segment of the show called "Question Mark", A feature where he tries to answer viewers' questions, but Caroline and Sam talk through it.

He also co-presented Do Something Different with Sam Nixon and Ayesha Asantewaa.

Sam and Mark have recently produced children's reality series, Who wants to be a Superhero? and Sam and Mark's guide to Dodging Disaster.In 2009 Mark Co-Presented the show Skate Nation On BBC 2 And still presents Saturday morning show TMi on bbc two on series 4 with Sam Nixon

Personal life

Mark splits his time between his flat in Londonmarker, and his family house in Wolverhamptonmarker, where he is regularly seen socialising in the village of Wombournemarker. Mark was reportedly involved in a scuffle with Greek boxer Mathias Tsopanoglou in Nottinghammarker in April 2008.He is a supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers football club. He was engaged to Pop Idol singer Zoe Birkett but split when Zoe met BB winner Antony Hutton in panto at her home town in Darlington

Pop Idol 2 performances

Week Theme Song Choice Original Artist Result
Top 50 "She's Like The Wind" Patrick Swayze 20.3% (2/10)
Top 12 Your Pop Idol "With Or Without You" U2 Bottom 3
Top 10 Birthyear Songs "Imagine" John Lennon Safe
Top 8 Elton John Songs "Something About The Way You Look Tonight" Elton John Safe
Top 7 Disco "More Than A Woman" Bee Gees Bottom 3
Top 6 The Beatles "Help!" The Beatles Bottom 3
Top 5 Big Band "Have You Met Miss Jones?" Frank Sinatra Safe
Top 4 Christmas Songs "Merry Christmas Everybody" Slade Bottom 2
"Blue Christmas" Elvis Presley
Top 3 Judges' Choice "Back For Good" Take That Safe
"If You Don't Know Me By Now" Simply Red
Final Contestant's Choice "She's Like The Wind" Patrick Swayze Runner-up
B Side "Measure Of A Man" Clay Aiken
Winner's Single "All This Time" Michelle McManus


Year Title Notes
2003 Pop Idol Contestant
2004-2006 Top of the Pops Reloaded Co-presenter
2006 Level Up Main Presenter
2006-present TMi Main Presenter
2007 Do Something Different Main presenter
2008 SMart Guest presenter
2008 Sam and Mark's Guide to Dodging Disaster Main Presenter
2009 Who Wants To Be A Superhero? Main Presenter
2009 Skate Nation Main Presenter


  • With a Little Help from My Friends - Sam & Mark (February 2004)
  • The Sun Has Come Your Way - Sam & Mark (May 2004)

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