wins Fame Academy 2003
Alex Parks from Truro, Cornwall, beat off fellow students
Alistair Griffin and Carolynne Good to win Fame Academy tonight
(Saturday 4 October), live on BBC ONE.
total of 4.5 million votes were received in the final with 11.5
million votes received overall throughout the series.
year the Fame Academy Bursary has generated £1.7 million in
record sales and phone lines with £2.6 million being generated
over both series.
Alex said: "I
want to do well in the industry and try and keep to my own path.
legs were like jelly after the first two songs and I just got it
back together to keep performing. I was so overwhelmed I was worried
my voice wouldn't come out.
was amazing to win, I really didn't expect it. I always thought
Paris would win!
know it will be really hard to keep grounded but I don't want to
change and hopefully it won't go to my head.
scares me. It's completely new to me.
on writing and singing is what I'm looking forward to now."
Kielty and Cat Deeley introduced stunning performances from the
remaining three students in the final.
were joined by judges Richard Park, David and Carrie Grant, Robin
Gibb and special guest judge Jonathan Ross.
Academy fans John Thompson, Dawn French, Lenny Henry, Kirsty Gallagher,
Paul Ross, Johnny Vegas and Shane Ritchie were also on hand to lend
Good received the least number of public votes at the end of the
first of tonight's shows, leaving Alistair
Griffin and Alex Parks to go head to head in the second show.
performed Bread's Everything I Own and Alex sang John Lennon's Imagine,
and each performed duets with Daniel Bedingfield.
then sang the self-penned Bring It On with Alex performing her own
song Maybe That's What It Takes.
a final duet of The Beatles classic Let It Be, introduced by new
Fame Academy Bursary Trustee Sir Paul McCartney, Alex was declared
the winner, claiming the most number of public votes.
Ross said: "I've seen some of the biggest stars, some of the
most inspirational artists and Alex is up there. She's up there
with the best I've ever seen.
is so impressive. When she performed it was a special moment. It
blew me away."
Park said: "I don't think British TV has ever seen a 19-year-old
perform live at that level. Alex is superb."
Bedingfield said: "Alex has something unique and special. British
music needs her."
claims the ultimate prize of a year's contract with Polydor and
a showbiz lifestyle for a year.
includes a luxury flat in Notting Hill, a recording session at Abbey
Road Studios, a guitar, a luxury holiday, a stylist plus wardrobe
for a year, a promo tour, membership of an exclusive private members
club and health club, a BMW 3 series coupe and a year's supply of
favourite from the start, Alex has kept her cool and set standards
during her nine-week stay in the Academy despite the pressures of
life in front of the cameras.
of her greatest achievements has been to avoid the bottom three
each week - a massive vote of confidence from the general public.
has consistently managed to give fantastic performances, with the
teachers rarely having a bad word to say about her talent and approach.
think Alex is a unique artist. She's not just excellent, but she's
also different," Carrie said of her.
David agreed: "I don't think she has any idea of the potential
highlight for Alex was her chance to fulfil every aspiring artist's
dream and perform live on BBC ONE's Top Of The Pops.
a close run battle on Radio 1, Alex edged out Alistair to go on
to sing Coldplay's Yellow.
amazing. I was going to sleep last night and still couldn't believe
it," she said at the time.
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Final - Running Order
- Man! I Feel Like A Woman - Shania Twain
Alistair - If You Come Back - Blue
Alex - Baby Can I Hold You Tonight - Tracy Chapman
- Underneath Your Clothes - Shakira
Alistair - Wherever Will You Go - The Calling
Alex - Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
- Everything I Own - Bread
Alex - Imagine - John Lennon
Bedingfield then performed a duet with each of the remaining students:
- If You're Not The One
Alex - Gotta Get Through This
final original song:
- Bring It On
Alex - Maybe That's What It Takes
two finalists duet of The Beatles' Let It Be
live show on BBC ONE performed exceptionally among 16-34's achieving
31% share, 6 share points more than usual for its slot. It has also
demonstrated its broad appeal by attracting decent 29% share among
35-54 year olds.
terms of performance among the 16-34 year old age group, Fame Academy
ranks third out of BBC ONE entertainment series and eighth out of
entertainment series on all channels this year.
Academy has performed particularly strongly amongst audiences in
the North of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
THREE coverage immediately after the result on BBC ONE last Saturday
was watched by an average of 562,000. That makes it the fourth highest
watched originated programme on BBC THREE this year.
Fame Academy interactive application has attracted 1.4 million users
to date, with average time spent on the Live Stream one hour 40
minutes a day.
BBC Fame Academy website has been attracting between 2.5 and three
million page impressions a week. Fame Academy is regularly the most
searched for term on BBCi and the message board is also the busiest
ever hosted by BBCi, after Football.
at the Fame Academy on BBC ONE has attracted on average 2.1 million
viewers at 5.30pm, of which 0.5 million were children. Generally
28% of all children watching television at the time were watching
CBBC at the Fame Academy.
on BBC TWO at the Fame Academy were attracting around 0.4 million
children, representing 25% share of all children viewing.
the CBBC Channel, CBBC at the Fame Academy has taken around 2.2%
share of children's viewing.
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