8 October, 2003
Hi guys, sorry this is a bit late but we've been
tidying up at the Fame Academy - amazing how much mess we managed
to make over 10 weeks (most of it Holly's of course).
So that is it...wow! After 154 live shows, 11 showdowns
and 12 expulsions, ALEX was left standing and rightfully wins this
years' Fame Academy - and what a winner she was.
Alistair took the lead during the final week, but
on the last show Alex pulled away and sung her heart out for the
victory, the flat, the car, etc.
My favourite moment from the series actually happened
after the final show when Alex sung to all of the crew that had
made the show.
She sung Imagine and, quite emotionally, we all
sung back to her. A great moment.
On a final note, I hope you all enjoyed the show
over the last few weeks, me and Holly certainly gave it our all
and apart from not winning our own showdown I had a great time.
It was YOU guys that made our show the number one
rated kids show in this country so thanks, it was fun!
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3 October, 2003
Wotcha, just a quick update to say it's the day
I've been dreading. Tonight Holly and I star in our own showdown
in the circle of fear! Read
We've had a bit of a laugh with the singing lessons,
but now it's all come together for a showdown I'll admit I'm a bit
See how we get on by watching CBBC tonight and
make sure to vote for me :)
Big excitement in the Academy as we all rush around
for tomorrow night's final. Will it be Alistair, Alex or Carolynne
who wins? David Grant has told them all it's an even playing field,
so they each have everything to sing for.
Oooh, don't forget to check
out our competition to win the CBBC Lawn Darts board.
29 September, 2003
'I'm a rock and roll star' - lyrics made famous
by Oasis and the behaviour followed by Peter Brame during his time
in the Fame Academy.
Peter in the Fame Academy
After nearly eight weeks on the treadmill of talent
his time has run out and he returns to normality at least until
he gets offered a record deal!
He joined Holly and myself live on CBBC this morning
with the obligatory rock star sunglasses and proceeded to tell us
all about his 'kiss or 20' with Carolynne.
He has now said that is was just something that
happened in the Academy and from what I gleaned, he has no plans
to pursue the relationship - in fact, while I was chatting to him,
his girlfriend of four years was sat next to us!
My personal viewpoint is that if he waits for the
whole Fame Academy publicity to die down then he will be fine, and
judging by the amazing amount of fan mail, he has a few fans out
I am just sitting here in shock really, I remember
the first time I sent some photos of Holly and myself sneaking around
the academy to the website and I was faced with 10 weeks of students,
showdowns and early morning ahead of me.
Now, in four days, it is all over for another
term as either Alistair, Alex or Carolynne takes on Sneddon's mantle
as the Fame Academy winner!
I will reserve my judgement on who the winner will
be until I have seen how the hot and not chart is shaping up towards
the end of the week.
So get voting on the Newsround website and check
these pages later in the week for my latest news, gossip and predictions!
See ya round, Jakexxxxxxx
22 September, 2003
Well, another week arrives and another showdown
passes. We are now down to just four students and the final seems
The strange thing for me and Holly is that last
year, when we were here over the winter months, the series seemed
to last for years and by the end of it, Holly and I were sooooo
James left the Fame Academy after students voted
But now, with the series nearly over we are as
fresh as daisies (almost!).
Loads of people have said James was unlucky to
leave on Saturday. But at this point in the game, the stakes are
so high, the prize is so close and the showdown needs to be the
best performance of their lives or they may as well not get up and
I actually spoke to James just a few minutes ago
and he told me that his performance felt good at the time, but watching
it back it was below par. Oh well - another one bites the dust!!!
As for this week, things just get busier and busier
for us. We are in the recording studio this week to lay our Something
Stupid track down, then we are filming our pop video to match it!
Next Monday, we perform in the circle of fear and
then you lot at home vote for your favourite, so make the right
choice and vote Jake!
Other news, Alex is on Top of the Pops and Carolynne
and Peter are performing Come to Bed...what an interesting choice!
See ya soon. Jake x
15 September, 2003
Paris may be the city of love, but there wasn't
a lot of love in the house for Paris on Saturday night as he was
the latest student to be expelled from the academy!
With no public vote, the teachers saving Peter,
and his fellow students saving Carolynne, Paris left!
Paris left after students voted for Carolynne
When he joined us this morning, the guy seemed
pretty chilled out - and tired - after going out in London on Saturday
He had to be escorted round the club by a security
guard to stop himself being mobbed. Quite a surreal experience I
As for the rest of the students, Alistair and Alex
went to the massive Radio 1 gig in Cardiff on Saturday, and tonight
two of the students are off to the Italian Job premiere so life
I think if it wasn't for these special treats a
lot of the students would go crazy. Although it seems like a huge
academy, the students only live in 5 rooms and madness is quite
It is a weird to time for Holly and me now, because
from 13 students we are down to just 5 and it seems like there is
nothing ever happening inside the academy because of the lack of
students doing things.
We are all just hoping that FINALLY Peter and Carolynne
have a proper snog and stop messing about!
As for Holly and me, no snog on the horizon just
yet...watch this space!
10 September, 2003
So, we're over half way. With seven gone and six
students left the competition has started hotting up and boy have
we felt it here on CBBC.
Carolynne was kissed by Peter!
Yesterday we were joined on the show by astrologer
Maria Killoran. Although I am pretty sceptical about these things
it was uncanny how right she was.
She said that with the big mix of Leos and Aquarians
in the house there was going to be tension and with Peter kissing
Carolynne, Alistair feeling hard done by, James not thinking he
will be in the final three, Paris annoying them all by constantly
singing, and Alex just being Alex - it is getting interesting.
I felt really bad for Barry when he joined us on
Monday, he has obviously missed home life, but also was desperate
to stay in. He seemed pretty tearful for the whole show, but it
is all OK, I made Holly give him a cuddle!!!!
Today, Holly and I continue with our singing lessons.
I'm actually more worried about the solo, because at least on the
duet of Something Stupid I can hide behind her voice!
Lots of people have said I am brave doing this,
but I actually think Holly is braver that me, she was really scared
of the singing whereas I'll just do whatever people want. I hope
I do OK though! Check out the singing
lessons we've had so far in the video vault.
Tomorrow, we're doing a fitness class with Kevin
Adams, not that I'm worried about! See ya soon (if I survive the
9 September, 2003
Hi guys, sorry it's been a few days since I've
written but life has been really busy at the Academy.
Despite the fact the students had one extra day
to rehearse for last Sunday's showdown, it still wasn't enough for
The weekend saw him leave the Academy to massive
applause, he'll be much missed by the remaining students and fans
of the show alike. He dropped into the CBBC
studio yesterday to say goodbye, what a nice bloke.
Will write in more detail with Academy news and
gossip soon, I promise.
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