The Sunday People reports Pop Idol winner Will Young was so desperate to hit the bathroom during the Brit Awards on Thursday night that he barged through a line for the Ladies room, then emerged to apologize to the waiting women for having wet hands as there were no paper towels left.
Fame Makes Gareth’s Stammer Worsen
February 23, 2003 – The Sunday People reports Gareth is falling deeper into despair as his stuttering problem has gotten worse. The Pop Idol runner-up took five minutes to answer a simple question in a TV interview and is terrified of being asked anything in public. “Nobody should underestimate how serious this is,” a pal confided. “Gareth is in an awful state and it is eating him up. At times he is struck dumb. As Britain’s brightest young star with the world at his feet he should be enjoying every moment of his life. Instead he is enduring a living hell because of his terrible stutter.”
Gareth & Will Lead Brit Award Pop Nominations
January 13, 2003 – Ms Dynamite and The Streets (aka Mike Skinner) led the pack in picking up four nominations each for this year’s Brit Awards. Pop acts getting nominations included Pop Idol stars Gareth Gates and Will Young, who each got three nominations, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Atomic Kitten, Daniel Bedingfield, Liberty X, Blue, Enrique Iglesias, and Shakira. Check out all the nominees for the February 20th awards to be held at Earls Court in London here.
Aguilera & Young Win In Reader’s Poll
December 27, 2002 – The big winners in The Sun’s 2002 Bizarre Readers’ Poll are in, and amongst the pop winners are Christina Aguilera, who was the unanimous winner of Dom’s Dog’s Dinner Of The Year for her long list of dreadful outfits. Other winners included Will Young who won Best Male Singer and Best Single.
Despite Competition, Will & Gareth Are Great Mates
December 26, 2002 – Despite their competition during Pop Idol, the show’s runner-up Gareth Gates is a big fan of the winner Will Young. Asked who his pop idol is, Gareth said, “Will Young, of course. It’s the way he does his own thing and the fact that he has such a unique voice – he’s an inspiration.” Asked if he really was a fan of Will, Gareth insisted he is. “Will and I are great mates. We went out to a party together last night actually. I’m very proud of him, he has really shone this last year, and his music is fantastic.”
Girls Beat The Boys But Reality Pop Starts To Fizzle
December 23, 2002 – While the girls beat the boys in first week sales on Popstars: The Rivals, the total sales were a big drop off and many wonder if the reality pop star genre has gone bust in the UK. Girls Aloud sold 213,000 copies of ‘Sound Of The Underground’ since last Monday, while One True Voice’s single Sacred Trust shifted just 147,000. Hear’Say sold 550,000 copies of Pure And Simple in March 2001, while Will Young and Gareth Gates sold 1.1 million and 860,000 copies of their albums respectively.
Will Young Named Television Personality Of The Year
December 20, 2002 – Will has been named Television Personality of the Year. Will beat the likes of Ant and Dec, Graham Norton and Cat Deeley in a nationwide poll to find Britain’s best-loved TV star. Will received his award at a glittering bash at the Royal Opera House in London.
Gareth Gates Disappointed In Shutout, But Delighted For Will Young
December 2, 2002 – The Mirror reports that though Gareth walked away empty-handed at Friday’s Top Of The Pops Awards he managed a brave face. A source says, “Gareth was disappointed but was delighted Will Young won two trophies. They both support each other.” If he was upset, he washed it away performing at G.A.Y. on Saturday, donning a diamond-studded jumpsuit at London’s Astoria.