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Soapstar Superstar is a reality singing competition produced by Granada Television for series 1 and ITV Productions for series 2 which first aired on Britishmarker television station ITV in 2006. In the competition, ten soap opera actors perform in front of a celebrity panel, which included Cilla Black, Billy Sammeth and Chris Cowey. The contestants are judged on their singing ability, in a format similar to Pop Idol and The X Factor. However in this show, the audience decided which song contestants would sing in the next round. The two with the fewest votes were then put up for the public vote, and the one with the fewest votes from that round was eliminated from the competition. However, the eliminated contestant did get the honour of being part of the judging panel for that show and they got to save one contestant and decide which song they got to sing. Series one was presented by Fern Britton and Ben Shephard, with the ITV2 coverage presented by Jayne Middlemiss and Duncan James. The Voice Over was provided by Peter Dickson

The second season began on Friday 5 January 2007. Zoë Ball became the new host on ITV, with the ITV2 show being fronted by Mark Durden-Smith, Sheree Murphy and Rob Deering. Billy Sammeth and Chris Cowey returned as judges. However, Martine McCutcheon and Michael Ball replaced Cilla Black as judges. David Gest was also a guest judge for one episode. This was due to Michael Ball coaching the stars on how to sing songs from musicals. The Vocal Academy based in Manchester supplied the vocal coaching for the stars. The second season coaches were Joe, Jerone & Mandy.

On May 25, 2007, ITV confirmed that the show would not be returning for a third series in 2008, citing that it had reached "natural conclusion". It has therefore been axed.

Judges and presenters


Years Presenter Show
2006 Fern Britton Main Show
2006 Ben Shephard Main Show
2007 Zoe Ball Main Show
2006 Jayne Middlemiss Soapstar Superstar: Extra Tracks
2006 Duncan James Soapstar Superstar: Extra Tracks
2007 Mark Durden-Smith "Soapstar Superstar: Bonus Tracks "
2007 Sheree Murphy Soapstar Superstar: Bonus Tracks
2007 Rob Deering Soapstar Superstar: Bonus Tracks


Years Judge
2006 Cilla Black
2006-2007 Billy Sammeth
2006-2007 Chris Cowey
2007 Martine McCutcheon
2007 Michael Ball
2007 David Gest

Series 1

The actors who took part were:
Place Actor Character Soap
1st Richard Fleeshman Craig Harris Coronation Streetmarker
2nd Andy Whyment Kirk Sutherland Coronation Street
3rd Lucy Pargeter Chastity Dingle Emmerdalemarker
4th Roxanne Pallett Jo Stiles Emmerdale
5th Lee Otway David "Bombhead" Burke Hollyoaks
6th Wendi Peters Cilla Battersby-Brown Coronation Street
7th Shobna Gulati Sunita Alahan Coronation Street
8th Nicholas Bailey Anthony Trueman EastEnders
9th Michael Greco Beppe di Marco EastEnders
10th Sammy Winward Katie Sugden Emmerdale

Series 2

The actors who took part were:
Place Actor Character Soap
1st Antony Cotton Sean Tully Coronation Streetmarker
2nd Hayley Tamaddon Delilah Dingle Emmerdalemarker
3rd Mark Furze Ric Dalby Home & Away
4th Tupele Dorgu Kelly Crabtree Coronation Streetmarker
5th Gemma Atkinson Lisa Hunter Hollyoaks
6th Alan Fletcher Karl Kennedy Neighbours
7th Leon Lopez Jerome Johnson Brookside
8th Matthew Wolfenden David Metcalfe Emmerdalemarker
9th Verity Rushworth Donna Windsor-Dingle Emmerdalemarker
10th Jane Danson Leanne Battersby Coronation Streetmarker
11th Elaine Lordan Lynne Hobbs EastEnders

Note: Leon Lopez was a replacement for Ben Freeman, who was banned by ITV because he'd been suspended from Emmerdale as he had a court case abroad, and so he was not in the country.


On October 18, 2007, after an in-depth investigation of ITV phone-in shows by Deloitte, it was revealed that phone-in votes for songs and even votes for contestants to go through to the next round had been manipulated by the programme makers. This involved some 20% of the viewers' votes for songs being ignored, and Jane Danson and Tupele Dorgu being put up for eviction in the first episode when the bottom two contestants by votes were actually Verity Rushworth and Leon Lopez.

As a result, ITV1 aired an Ofcommarker summary of findings announcement just before the final of the second series of Britain's Got Talent on May 31, 2008. It was shown again on June 8, 2008 before that night's episode of Coronation Streetmarker.

International versions

The Polishmarker edition of Soapstar Superstar, Jak Oni Śpiewają (How They Sing) aired from 3 March until 2 June 2007. It was won by Agnieszka Włodarczyk (Weronika Potoczny from "Plebania"). The second season ran from 8 September until 15 December 2007. The winner was Joanna Liszowska (Dorota Lewkiewicz from "Na Dobre i Na Złe"). The third season aired from 8 March until 31 May 2008. It was won by Krzysztof Respondek (Michał Jeleń from "Barwy Szczęścia"). The fourth season ran from 6 September until 6 December 2008. Its winner was Artur Chamski (Patryk Skalsky from "Na Wspólnej").

In Belgiummarker, the third season of Steracteur Sterartiest is currently airing on één, all editions were hosted by Katja Retsin and Thomas Vanderveken.


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