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Alex wins Fame Academy 2003

19-year-old 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.

A total of 4.5 million votes were received in the final with 11.5 million votes received overall throughout the series.

This 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.

Afterwards Alex said: "I want to do well in the industry and try and keep to my own path.

"My 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.

"It was amazing to win, I really didn't expect it. I always thought Paris would win!

"I 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.

"Fame scares me. It's completely new to me.

"Concentrating on writing and singing is what I'm looking forward to now."

Patrick Kielty and Cat Deeley introduced stunning performances from the remaining three students in the final.

They were joined by judges Richard Park, David and Carrie Grant, Robin Gibb and special guest judge Jonathan Ross.

Fame Academy fans John Thompson, Dawn French, Lenny Henry, Kirsty Gallagher, Paul Ross, Johnny Vegas and Shane Ritchie were also on hand to lend their support.

Carolynne 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.

Alistair performed Bread's Everything I Own and Alex sang John Lennon's Imagine, and each performed duets with Daniel Bedingfield.

Alistair then sang the self-penned Bring It On with Alex performing her own song Maybe That's What It Takes.

After 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.

Jonathan 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.

"She is so impressive. When she performed it was a special moment. It blew me away."

Richard Park said: "I don't think British TV has ever seen a 19-year-old perform live at that level. Alex is superb."

Daniel Bedingfield said: "Alex has something unique and special. British music needs her."

Alex claims the ultimate prize of a year's contract with Polydor and a showbiz lifestyle for a year.

This 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 champagne.

A strong 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.

One of her greatest achievements has been to avoid the bottom three each week - a massive vote of confidence from the general public.

She has consistently managed to give fantastic performances, with the teachers rarely having a bad word to say about her talent and approach.

"I think Alex is a unique artist. She's not just excellent, but she's also different," Carrie said of her.

And David agreed: "I don't think she has any idea of the potential she has."

A particular highlight for Alex was her chance to fulfil every aspiring artist's dream and perform live on BBC ONE's Top Of The Pops.

After a close run battle on Radio 1, Alex edged out Alistair to go on to sing Coldplay's Yellow.

"It's amazing. I was going to sleep last night and still couldn't believe it," she said at the time.

Fame Academy is an Initial Production (part of Endemol UK).

Notes to Editors

The Fame Academy website

The Final - Running Order

Show 1


Carolynne - Man! I Feel Like A Woman - Shania Twain
Alistair - If You Come Back - Blue
Alex - Baby Can I Hold You Tonight - Tracy Chapman


Carolynne - Underneath Your Clothes - Shakira
Alistair - Wherever Will You Go - The Calling
Alex - Beautiful - Christina Aguilera

Show 2

Alistair - Everything I Own - Bread
Alex - Imagine - John Lennon

Daniel Bedingfield then performed a duet with each of the remaining students:

Alistair - If You're Not The One
Alex - Gotta Get Through This

One final original song:

Alistair - Bring It On
Alex - Maybe That's What It Takes

The two finalists duet of The Beatles' Let It Be

Facts and Figures

The 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.

In 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.

Fame Academy has performed particularly strongly amongst audiences in the North of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

BBC 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.

The 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.

The 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.

CBBC 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.

Mornings on BBC TWO at the Fame Academy were attracting around 0.4 million children, representing 25% share of all children viewing.

On the CBBC Channel, CBBC at the Fame Academy has taken around 2.2% share of children's viewing.

Previous releases

Paul McCartney to appear on Fame Academy Final (03.10.03)

Fame Academy - Peter is expelled (27.09.03)

Fame Academy - James Fox is expelled (20.09.03)

Fame Academy - Paris Campbell-Edwards is expelled (13.09.03)

Fame Academy - Barry McKeever is expelled (07.09.03)

Fame Academy - Louise Griffiths is expelled (30.08.03)

Fame Academy - Simone Stewart is expelled (23.08.03)

Fame Academy - Gary Phelan is expelled (21.08.03)

Fame Academy - Lorna Grant is expelled (16.08.03)

Fame Academy - Nick Hall is expelled (14.08.03)

Louis Walsh talks exclusively to Claudia Winkleman (14.08.03)

Fame Academy - Audley is first out (09.08.03)

Fame Academy - the final students (07.08.03)

Fame Academy - three more students voted in (02.08.03)

Fame Academy - the next three students (31.07.03)

Fame Academy - the first four students (26.07.03)

The Fame Academy 25 (22.07.03)

Fame Academy series 2 press pack (15.07.03)

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