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William Robert Young, 20 January 1979, Hungerford, Berkshire, England. This politics graduate shot to fame in 2002 as the winner of the UK entertainment programme, Pop Idol. Devised by pop mogul Simon Fuller, the man behind the Spice Girls, the series expanded on the highly successful Popstars format by offering a record contract to the winner of the televised talent contest. The contestants made their UK television debut in October 2001, with the vote eventually coming down to a choice between middle-class graduate Young, and the 17-year old A level student Gareth Gates. Despite seemingly overwhelming public support for the endearing Gates, Young triumphed on final night (9 February 2002) to become the official winner of Pop Idol.
Young racked up record-breaking advance orders of 1.2 million for his anaemic double a-side, Anything Is Possible/Evergreen. The single went straight to the top of the charts in...