Academy - "You choose them, We'll teach them"
Academy returns to BBC ONE, BBC THREE, CBBC and BBCi this summer
with the competition hotter than ever to win a coveted place in
start of series 2 will see 25 talented young hopefuls battling
it out to win one of the 13 student places in the Academy - with
the viewers at home voting for who wins a place.
final 13 will get to meet and perform alongside some of the biggest
stars in the music business who will be conducting exclusive master
classes and sharing their wisdom and tips for the top.
year's winner will secure a years contract with the UK's leading
record label Polydor, the company behind international selling-artists
Eminem, 50 Cent, Sting, Ian Brown, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Ms Dynamite.
Gibb of the Bee Gees will be joining the show as a panellist.
is one of the of the world's respected and successful songwriters,
having sold a staggering 110 million records and written dozens
of hugely successful hits with his brothers for both the Bee Gees
and artists ranging from Dionne Warwick to Celine Dion and Barbra
Barlow, joint MD of Polydor, said: "The quality of raw talent
that we have seen in the auditions is really outstanding, the best
I have ever seen.
winner will have to display phenomenal musical ability and the star
quality to wow their Academy peers and captivate the voting public."
faces from the teaching staff will be back but there will be some
new names and a few surprises.
entering the Academy will be tutored by the very best in the industry.
Park returns as Head Teacher, Carrie and David Grant
as vocal coaches, Kevin Adams as fitness coach, Jeremy
Milnes as Personal Tutor and Jo Noel as Music Teacher.
teachers will train them in musical and song-writing skills, performance
style, vocal coaching and fitness - honing their talent, their voices
and their bodies and offering the chance of a successful career
Deeley and Patrick Kielty return to introduce 25 potential students
on BBC ONE and invite the public to vote for the ones they think
should enter the Academy and face the weekly challenges of training,
probation and singing for survival.
THREE reveals all the behind-the-scenes news and exclusive interviews
with Liquid News' Claudia Winkleman.
CBBC, presented by Jake Humphrey and Holly Willoughby, provides
regular glimpses into the day-to-day life and gruelling training
schedules inside the Academy.
round-the-clock action will also be available on BBCi.
winner will also land a show business lifestyle for a year which
includes a luxury flat, a top of the range sports car, a recording
session at Abbey Road studios, a luxury holiday for two, a personal
stylist and VIP tickets to some of the year's biggest events.
14 million phone votes in total were cast during the first series
of Fame Academy that was won by David Sneddon.
final, which was watched by 8.2 million viewers, generated 6.9 million
votes - making it the highest ever phone poll for a BBC show.
the success of the show 13.8 million people (53% share of the viewing
public) then watched Will Mellor win Comic Relief Does Fame Academy
on the night of Red Nose Day 2003, raising £600,000 through
phone line voting.
new series will open with exclusive coverage of the open auditions.
Academy Executive producer Louise Rainbow said: "The auditions
attracted over twelve thousand hopefuls from across the UK and the
standard has been higher than ever.
of them even camped out over night to secure their place at the
front of the queues."
made from Fame Academy phone lines and record sales have so far
raised over £1 million for the Fame Academy Bursary fund.
from 1 July young talent across the UK has been applying to get
their hands on the cash to help their dreams come true.
Academy is an Initial Production (part of Endemol UK).
on 16.7.03 - the second series of Fame Academy will begin on
Saturday 26 July 2003 at 6.30pm on BBC ONE.
on 22.7.03 - BBC's Fame Academy revealed the 25 hopefuls who
will battle it out to win one of 13 student Academy places - press
the latest Fame Academy releases go to TV
Entertainment Press Releases
Fame Academy - The Final was the top rated entertainment show of
2002 amongst the 16-34 year old age group.
On BBC THREE, Fame Academy - The Final was watched by up to 738,000
with 9.7% share across all multichannel homes. This made it the
most watched programme on BBC THREE
Fame Academy on CBBC reached 4.6 million children (50%) of all children)
over the ten weeks.
The Fame Academy interactive application attracted 1.6 million users,
with average time spent on the 'Live' screen at least an hour a
was one of BBCi's top five interactive applications since its launch
The Fame Academy website attracted more than 14 million page impression
requests since it launched in October. The messageboard was the
busiest ever hosted by BBCi.
The top five students from the first series - David Sneddon, Sinead
Quinn, Malachi Cush, Lemar Obika and Ainslie Henderson - have all
signed record deals and are in the process of writing, recording
and touring all their own original material.
The other students are also using the song-writing, recording and
vocal skills that they developed in the Academy to pursue careers
12 students have also just completed a sell-out Fame Academy tour.
Viewers will enjoy a close-up view of the real life stories, characters
and relationships that develop as the students go through intense
will see them living together, rehearsing together and witness all
the tears, tantrums, successes and failures along the way.
The realities of what it takes to become a music superstar will
be exposed as leading specialists from all fields of the industry
give students the best professional training there is - from performance
and song writing to behind-the-scenes preparation.
In this highly pressurised environment the challenge is to stay
ahead, as each week the Academy teachers put three students who
have not made the grade on probation and will then culminate every
week in a "showdown".
Here these three students will have to "sing for survival"
before one of them is dramatically expelled.
the public vote to save one of the three - then it's up to the rest
of the students to choose between the remaining two in a nail-biting
The £35 million Academy, located in stunning private grounds
in North London, has been kitted out with state of the art equipment
and facilities to nurture the student's raw talent and will also
be their home for the weeks of intensive, round-the-clock training.
launches £1 million Fame Academy Bursary - proceeds from Fame Academy
to support young musicians (30.06.03)
rest of the Fame Academy series 2 press pack is available here in
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which can be obtained here.
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