Pop Idol season one brought us Will Young and Gareth Gates among a number of other talented singers - but where are they now? Cast your minds back to the start of the noughties and the birth of the talent competitions that would eventually take the nation by storm. Long before X Factor was a thing, viewers were hooked on the iconic television show Pop Idol. The series, judged by none other than Simon Cowell , Pete Waterman, Nicki Chapman and Neil Fox, ran for a mere two seasons yet had an immense influence over future talent shows across the globe. It's been nearly two decades since viewers were graced with the presence of Will Young and Gareth Gates, and the number 1 singles that followed. Since then the entertainment industry, that propelled these budding singers to noughties stardom, has dramatically changed as well. Will faced stiff competition but stole the crown of Pop Idol Season 1 in at the tender age of He went on to have a successful music career with a number of top 40 hits including Light My Fire and Leave Right Now. In , Will joined the cast of Strictly Come Dancing but dropped out at week three citing 'personal reasons'.
The Scottish singer and actor is recovering after contracting meningitis - here's the lowdown Darius Campbell is a British singer-songwriter, actor and producer born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 19 August The tall dark and handsome Scot grew up in the Bearsden neighbourhood of Glasgow with two younger brothers. He attended the Glasgow Academy and studied English Literature and Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh before his pop career came calling. Darius hit the headlines on December 17, when he revealed he had slipped into a coma after contracting meningitis when he drank water from the Thames. Darius was born with the last name Danesh — his last name taken from his Iranian father Booth Danesh.
Get the best celeb exclusives and video house tours to your inbox every morning with our daily newsletter. In , the star became a finalist on Pop Idol where he appeared alongside Will Young and Gareth Gates on the singing competition. He may have turned down a record deal with music mogul Simon Cowell, but the 36 year-old went on to have extreme success in the pop industry as well as theatre. After his time on the singing shows, the hunk found success as he released hit song Colourblind, followed by his debut album Dive In. Adding to his long list of accomplishments, the singer also released his own book called Sink Or Swim where he talked about his experience in the music industry. Recently, Darius appeared on Loose Women where he opened up about his career and life since the show. The performer married actress Natasha Henstridge in , however the pair filed for divorce in
Darius Campbell , 18 DEC Darius Campbell Star tells of meningitis battle after stunt to promote an anti-viral filter for his water charity went badly wrong. Scottish star Darius Campbell recalls near-death experience that inspired him to carve a career in film Theatre The Glasgow-born singer and actor said his time in hospital after contracting meningitis made him re-evaluate his future. Darius finally breaks his silence on Daisy Lowe romance ahead of Strictly Come Dancing Darius Campbell The year-old star admits the pair had a whirlwind romance, and have been friends for years.