Zoe Birkett came down from Darlington, County Durham to enter Pop Idol and became the most successful girl on the programme... Her own pop idol is Whitney Houston and her debut single 'Treat Me Like A Lady' was a No. 12 hit in January 2003.Birkett in fact finished fourth on the inaugural series of Pop Idol, behind Will Young, Gareth Gates and the aforementioned Darius. Back then the novelty of reality show contestants was strong enough that it was no trouble for her to get a record deal and she was quickly signed up to 19 Recordings, a label owned by the show's creator Simon Fuller. The song was written by UK pop workhorses of the time Ray "Madman" Hedges and Nyge Butler with fellow contestant Sarah Whatmore and is fairly typical fare of its time but less than memorable. Top 20 hit it might have been but in the cutthroat pop climate of the early-mid-2000s that wasn't enough and she found herself dropped before her 18th birthday. She has since followed in her idol's footsteps to the extent that she's touring as the understudy in the musical of The Bodyguard. You can catch her doing the matinées in Crawley this week.
Available on: Treat Me Like A Lady