What the Popstars did subsequent: From changing to Orthodox Judaism to a cameo in Gavin & Stacey


Myleene Klass has paid tribute to her buddy and fellow musician Darius Campbell Danesh with a throwback photograph of their time on Popstars.

The 41-year-old singer was discovered useless in his house in Rochester, Minnesota, US yesterday. His explanation for demise is presently unknown.

Glasgow-born Darius rose to fame on the primary collection Pop Idol, the place he positioned third behind winner Will Younger and runner up Gareth Gates.

Myleene Klass posted a photograph on Twitter paying homage to her Popstars days as she paid tribute to Darius Campbell Danesh

Darius Campbell Danesh's family announced his sudden death at the age of 41 after his body was found in his apartment in Minnesota, US

Darius Campbell Danesh’s household introduced his sudden demise on the age of 41 after his physique was present in his house in Minnesota, US

All through the competitors he constantly impressed judges Neil Fox, Nicki Chapman, Pete Waterman and Simon Cowell – and after ending in third place it was clear he had additionally gained over the nation. 

Following his success on Pop Idol, Darius launched his solo profession and recorded two studio albums, Dive In and Stay Twice, with each reaching the highest 40 within the UK Albums Chart.

His debut single, Colourblind, was launched in July 2002 and went straight to primary, marking the beginning of a run of prime 10 releases. 

The Scottish performer went on to forge a profitable theatre profession, showing in Chicago as Billy Flynn in two runs of the manufacturing, in addition to Guys And Dolls, Gone With The Wind and extra within the West Finish.

He additionally made mates with a number of well-known faces together with fellow Scot Gerard Butler, with whom he was pictured simply weeks earlier than his demise. 

Darius’s profession received off to an unlikely begin in 2001 when he crashed out of one other actuality TV present, Popstars, the place he had turn out to be mates with Myleene Klass and different stars.

He managed to succeed in the bootcamp stage of the favored TV present, the primary of its variety, and have become recognized for a cringeworthy rendition of Britney Spears’s Child One Extra Time through which he appeared to combined up excessive and low notes and sang to an uncommon tempo. 

The present put collectively a band, Hear’Say, from the successful 5 contestants. One other band, Liberty X, was shaped by 5 of the runners-up. 

Right here, FEMAIL takes a have a look at the careers of Darius’s former co-stars and the place they ended up.

MYLEENE KLASS

Myleene Klass now hosts radio shows on both Smooth FM and Classic FM and has also dabbled in TV presenting

Myleene Klass now hosts radio reveals on each Clean FM and Basic FM and has additionally dabbled in TV presenting

Left-right: Kym Marsh, Danny Foster, Myleene Klass, Noel Sullivan and Suzanne Shaw as Hear'Say

Left-right: Kym Marsh, Danny Foster, Myleene Klass, Noel Sullivan and Suzanne Shaw as Hear’Say

During a stint on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Myleene wowed viewers with her trim figure as she showered in a white bikini

Throughout a stint on I am a Movie star… Get Me Out of Right here! Myleene wowed viewers along with her trim determine as she showered in a white bikini

Myleene Klass, 44, has loved maybe probably the most profitable profession of her Popstars friends for the reason that present ended.

After incomes herself a spot in successful band Hear’Say, she had 4 prime 10 singles with Kym Marsh, Suzanne Shaw, Noel Sullivan and Danny Foster earlier than the 5 went their separate methods after only one yr collectively.

Following on from the cut up, singer and gifted pianist Myleene launched into a solo classical music profession, releasing albums in 2003 and 2007.

In 2006, she grew to become a campmate on I am a Movie star… Get Me Out of Right here!, and shortly grew to become recognized for an notorious scene through which she confirmed off her trim determine in a white bikini.

Since leaving the jungle Myleene has turned her hand to presenting, changing into the host of 10 Years Youthful in 2008.

She has additionally hosted a number of BBC reveals through the years together with The One Present, earlier than quitting to give attention to motherhood.

An avid classical music fan, Myleene hosts a Sunday morning breakfast present on Basic FM from 10am till 1pm.

She additionally presents the 4pm-7pm slot on Clean radio on Saturday afternoons.

In 2020 she proved she was a lady of many skills when she grew to become a contestant on ITV’s Dancing on Ice.

Regardless of solely making it to the second week on the present earlier than dropping out in a skate-off with Girl Leshurr, Myleene and her accomplice Łukasz Różycki impressed the reside viewers with a routine to The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights.

Myleene shares two youngsters, Ava and Hero, along with her first husband Graham Quinn.

The pair met in 2000 when he was working as her bodyguard and married in 2011. Nevertheless simply two years later, they cut up after she claimed Graham walked out on her thirty fourth birthday.

Talking to The Mirror in 2015, Myleene stated she needed to ‘toughen up’ following the cut up, including she was ‘a distinct particular person’. 

She additionally spoke about having ‘some terrible dates’ since changing into single once more – including she did not really feel like she wanted one other particular person to make her really feel complete.

Myleene described herself because the ‘breadwinner’ for her youngsters and stated she was reaching them ‘methods to be girls’. 

She additionally recalled her time on I am a Movie star within the interview, the place she was requested concerning the meals she needed to eat in bushtucker trials.

Specifically she recalled consuming cheese fruit, in any other case often known as ‘vomit-fruit’.

Myleene stated: ‘It’s fruit, cheese-flavoured! What’s to not like?’

The presenter and musician has been engaged to Simon Motson, a PR professional, since 2020. 

They share a son, Apollo, who is 2 years outdated. 

TONY LUNDON

Tony Lundon, 43, from Galway, runs his own production company

Tony Lundon, 43, from Galway, runs his personal manufacturing firm 

Left-right: Kevin Simm, Jessica Taylor, Michelle Heaton, Kelli Young and Tony Lundon in Liberty X

Left-right: Kevin Simm, Jessica Taylor, Michelle Heaton, Kelli Younger and Tony Lundon in Liberty X 

Tony Lundon was part of Liberty X for five years until they eventually split in 2006

Tony Lundon was a part of Liberty X for 5 years till they finally cut up in 2006 

Tony Lundon, now 43, grew to become one-fifth of Liberty X after lacking out on a spot in Hear’Say. 

Nevertheless, regardless of being a band comprised of runners-up, Liberty X stayed collectively for much longer than Hear’Say earlier than splitting up in 2006.

For the reason that band went their separate methods, Tony, from Galway, returned to Eire the place he landed presenting gigs on TV community RTÉ Two, fronting a quiz collection known as TOAST. 

In 2010 Tony went stateside and studied movie in New York Metropolis, earlier than returning to the UK to determine his new manufacturing firm, The Cell Productions in 2012.

That very same yr Tony rejoined Liberty X to participate in an ITV2 present The Large Reunion. 

The present noticed different nineties and noughties pop bands together with B*Witched and 5ive reunite to rehearse for a one-night gig on the Hammersmith Apollo in London.

In his private life, Tony has been married to his long-term accomplice Kelly Ann Leatham since 2010.

The pair share three sons, 10-year-old Leo and nine-year-old twins Rioghan and Max.

LOUISE LEACH

Louise Leach has rediscovered her Orthodox Jewish faith since leaving Popstars

Louise Leach has rediscovered her Orthodox Jewish religion since leaving Popstars

Louise Leach, who now runs a dance school, posted a photo of herself with Darius in their Popstars days to pay tribute to him

Louise Leach, who now runs a dance college, posted a photograph of herself with Darius of their Popstars days to pay tribute to him

Louise Leach auditioned for Popstars nearly instantly after leaving college.

Following her commencement, Louise agreed along with her mother and father she would spend a yr auditioning to try to discover stardom earlier than getting a ‘correct job’ if it did not work out.

Talking on an UnHerd podcast, she stated: ‘Each woman who preferred to sing and dance wished to be the following Spice Woman group.’

After initially having an unsuccessful ITV audition for a distinct function, Louise stated she had a name from a community producer who wished her to audition once more for Popstars.

She went again to audition as soon as extra and reached the ultimate 20 of 1000’s of candidates earlier than being despatched dwelling from the competitors.

Since Popstars ended, Louise has rediscovered her Orthodox Jewish religion, which she claimed she had began to lose contact with as a younger grownup.

After receiving an invite to have a good time The Sabbath in Golders Inexperienced, North London, with an Orthodox household she had by no means met, Louise stated she grew to become immersed within the religion.

Nevertheless, having joined a band after her success in Popstars, which was near being signed by a file label, Louise stated she needed to sacrifice her desires of stardom – largely as a result of she would now not be capable of work on Friday and Saturday for non secular causes.

Now Louise runs a dance college, Dancing with Louise, primarily based in north London and teaches a complete of round 800 youngsters each week.

She can be a Zumba teacher, operating courses each in-person and on-line.

Louise additionally posted throwback photographs on Instagram after listening to of Darius’s demise of herself with the singer.

Describing him as a ‘genuinely beautiful man’, he wrote: ‘I first met Darius within the queue for ITV’s Popstars over 20 years in the past, and we stood by one another all through all the course of till we had been each eradicated within the bootcamp last week.’ 

KELLI YOUNG

Kelli Young, 40, has become a mother and rejoined with her former bandmates to tour as a version of Liberty X

Kelli Younger, 40, has turn out to be a mom and rejoined along with her former bandmates to tour as a model of Liberty X

Kelli Young did not make it into the winning Popstars band, Hear'Say, but she instead fronted the runner-up group Liberty X

Kelli Younger didn’t make it into the successful Popstars band, Hear’Say, however she as an alternative fronted the runner-up group Liberty X

In 2017 Kelli reunited with Michelle Heaton and Jessica Taylor to tour as an all-girls version of Liberty X (pictured at Hull Pride)

In 2017 Kelli reunited with Michelle Heaton and Jessica Taylor to tour as an all-girls model of Liberty X (pictured at Hull Satisfaction)

Kelli Younger, 40, grew to become the lead singer of runner-up band Liberty X following the Popstars collection. 

The band, which had eight prime 10 singles over 5 years collectively, was initially known as Liberty which was meant to characterize the liberty the bandmates loved after the present had completed.

Nevertheless they had been compelled to rebrand as Liberty X when a Nineties R&B boyband, additionally known as Liberty, started a Excessive Courtroom battle asking them to drop their identify.

When a choose dominated in favour of the Nineties band, Kelli’s group requested readers of The Solar newspaper to assist rename them – and so they later grew to become often known as Liberty X.

After the band cut up in 2006 and plenty of members launched into solo careers, Kelli joined up with bandmate Jessica Taylor to kind a brand new group, Hazard Minx.

When followers observed the group did not embody their different former bandmate Michelle Heaton, Kelli denied she and Jessica had fallen out along with her.

She insisted that Michelle was solely excluded from the band as a result of she had moved to Eire.

In her private life, Kelli is a mom to twins, who she welcomed in 2012 along with her husband Iain James, former member of Triple 8.

Though Iain is now not within the highlight he has penned prime hits for bands together with Little Combine and One Path.

Since 2017, Kelli has rejoined with bandmates Jessica and Michelle to tour as a trio, acting at Satisfaction occasions across the UK.

In April this yr Michelle posted a photograph on Instagram of the three girls dressed up in outfits that harked again to the music video for Liberty X hit, Only a Little.

WARREN STACEY

Following his exit from Popstars, Warren Stacey was signed to DefJam records and toured with Destiny's Child

Following his exit from Popstars, Warren Stacey was signed to DefJam information and toured with Future’s Little one 

Warren Stacey's solo career was short-lived (pictured performing at Topshop in Oxford Street in 2002)

Warren Stacey’s solo profession was short-lived (pictured acting at Topshop in Oxford Road in 2002)

Warren Stacey, 43, born Warren Jituboh, was working in his native Natwest department when he auditioned for Popstars in 2001.

The London-based singer wowed judges along with his rendition of Angels by Robbie Williams.

He made it by way of to the boot camp stage of the competitors the place he shook issues up by performing a hymn for judges, reasonably than a pop track.

Warren butted heads with ‘Nasty’ Nigel who advised him the successful band wouldn’t be performing pop songs.

Nonetheless, he made it by way of to a different day of boot camp earlier than finally being despatched dwelling on day 4.

Regardless of crashing out earlier than the reside reveals Warren was signed to Def Jam information – which had beforehand signed Snoop Dogg – as a solo artist and he jetted off to LA to file his first single, ‘My Woman, My Woman’.

Though the only solely made it to quantity 26 within the charts, Warren confirmed promise and supported Future’s Little one on the UK leg of their tour in 2002.

In an interview with Designer Journal, Warren stated his love of singing started when he joined his church choir as a baby.

Since his solo profession ended, Warren has saved out of the highlight and seems to be residing a quiet life. 

NOEL SULLIVAN

Noel Sullivan has spoken out about having to 'hide his sexuality' on Popstars and when he was in the band Hear'Say

Noel Sullivan has spoken out about having to ‘conceal his sexuality’ on Popstars and when he was within the band Hear’Say

Noel Sullivan was just 19 years old when he first auditioned for Popstars and was working prt-time as a waiter in Cardiff

Noel Sullivan was simply 19 years outdated when he first auditioned for Popstars and was working prt-time as a waiter in Cardiff

Noel Sullivan, 41, earned himself a spot within the successful Popstars band, Hear’Say. 

On the time of auditioning, the then 19-year-old was working part-time as a waiter in Cardiff, however when he learnt he had been profitable he gave up his job and moved to London. 

Nevertheless, when Hear’Say cut up after only a yr collectively Noel’s profession took a distinct path.

Retaining his love of singing alive, Noel started working in musical theatre. 

Amongst his most notable roles was taking part in Danny Zuko in a manufacturing of Grease a the Jersey Opera Home, starring alongside Claire Buckfield as Sandy.

Comedy followers had been additionally delighted to see Noel pop up with a cameo function in BBC hit Gavin and Stacey, the place he performed himself.

Solid as a buddy of Ruth Jones’s Nessa, he performed playing cards with the character’s father, Neil, and husband-to-be, Dave, the evening earlier than the marriage.

Though he didn’t seem within the comedy till its last episode, the script made repeated references to Noel and Nessa’s friendship all through its three collection.

Noel’s different appearing credit embody The BBC’s Unusual Lies in 2016 and Years and Years in 2019.

Again in 2017, to mark 50 years for the reason that decriminalisation of homosexuality within the UK, Noel determined to publicly come out on his Instagram account, and introduced his relationship along with his accomplice.

In October final yr Noel spoke to Metro about his sexuality and his time on Popstars.

When requested about what he had discovered tough to course of since leaving Hear’Say, he stated: ‘I believe the toughest [thing] at that age was them hiding my sexuality, being advised that if I wished to be within the band then I couldn’t discuss who I used to be. 

‘It was a really damaging time.’

Final footage of Darius Campbell Danesh: Late singer was seen at Rod Stewart’s Hollywood Bowl present and out with fellow Scot Gerard Butler weeks earlier than he was discovered useless

Darius Campbell Danesh was final pictured posing for selfies with followers at Rod Stewart’s Hollywood Bowl present – two months earlier than he was discovered useless in his mattress on the age of 41.

The previous Pop Idol contestant and theatre star was discovered unresponsive in his house in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11 – though the reason for demise stays unknown.

Darius gave the impression to be having the time of his life as he smiled exterior Rod’s Los Angeles gig on June 14 – simply 9 weeks earlier than his shock passing.

Last photo: Darius Campbell Danesh was last pictured at Rod Stewart's Hollywood Bowl show in June - two months before he was found dead in his bed at the age of 41

Final photograph: Darius Campbell Danesh was final pictured at Rod Stewart’s Hollywood Bowl present in June – two months earlier than he was discovered useless in his mattress on the age of 41

The singer wore a blue and white Rip Curl cap with an informal brown T-shirt as he posed for a photograph with a fan, regardless of taking a telephone name.

Earlier within the week, Darius was seen out in Malibu with actor and fellow Scot, Gerard Butler on June 11. 

The 2 males – who grew to become mates after Darius moved to America – had been seen strolling barefoot in the direction of Malibu seashore because the late singer walked his canine.

Out with pals: Darius was seen out in Malibu with actor and fellow Scot, Gerard Butler on June 11 as he walked his dog

Out with friends: Darius was seen out in Malibu with actor and fellow Scot, Gerard Butler on June 11 as he walked his canine 

Darius was carrying a baker boy fashion flat through the outing with a pair of trousers rolled as much as his knees.

Gerard, who lives within the Malibu space, walked forward carrying a pale blue polo shirt and a pair of denims.

Darius, who was married to Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge, whose movies embody sci-fi hit Species, from 2011-201 and has been primarily based within the U.S. for the previous fifteen years.

Tragic: The former Pop Idol contestant and theatre star was found unresponsive in his apartment in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11 – although the cause of death remains unknown

Tragic: The previous Pop Idol contestant and theatre star was discovered unresponsive in his house in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11 – though the reason for demise stays unknown

The couple married in 2011 on the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, however had been divorced a number of years later. He beforehand advised the Scottish Herald: ‘That relationship was actually not with out its ups and downs. Over the course of 12 years, we broke up many occasions and had a interval of six months aside.

‘It was typically a long-distance relationship for half of it. That in itself was an incredible expertise, however a painful one. If you love somebody you need to be with them.’ 

In addition to changing into pleasant with A-lister Gerard, 52, he additionally additionally turn out to be shut with different stars together with Insurgent Wilson.

Throughout his stint stateside, Darius grew to become a profitable actor and producer and was recognized for Imperium (2016), Tomorrow (2018) and Resort Babylon (2006).

Friends: As well as becoming friendly with A-lister Gerard, 52, he also also become close with other stars including Rebel Wilson

Mates: In addition to changing into pleasant with A-lister Gerard, 52, he additionally additionally turn out to be shut with different stars together with Insurgent Wilson 

Darius’ household wrote in a tweet saying the information on Tuesday: ‘It’s with nice disappointment that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh. Darius was discovered unresponsive in mattress in his house room in Rochester, Minnesota and was pronounced useless within the afternoon by the native health workers’ workplace.’ 

Police have stated there have been ‘no indicators of intent or suspicious circumstances’, his family members additionally confirmed. 

Danesh made his first bid for fame in ITV present Popstars in 2001 along with his quirky rendition of Britney Spears’ Child One Extra Time. 

Former love: Darius, who was married to Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge from 2011-2018, has been based in the U.S. for the past fifteen years

Former love: Darius, who was married to Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge from 2011-2018, has been primarily based within the U.S. for the previous fifteen years

He didn’t make it into the band however the next yr appeared on the primary Pop Idol, which was gained by Will Younger, with Darius ending third behind one other family identify in Gareth Gates.

The Scottish performer went on to forge a profitable theatre profession, showing in Chicago as Billy Flynn in two runs of the manufacturing, in addition to Guys And Dolls, Gone With The Wind and extra within the West Finish.

He lived within the US and was in a relationship with Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge, whose movies embody sci-fi hit Species.

Career: After Pop Idol, Darius turned down Simon Cowell's offer of a record deal and signed with producer Steve Lillywhite, whose credits include U2 and the Rolling Stones

Profession: After Pop Idol, Darius turned down Simon Cowell’s provide of a file deal and signed with producer Steve Lillywhite, whose credit embody U2 and the Rolling Stones

The couple married in 2011 on the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, however had since divorced.

A household assertion stated: ‘It’s with nice disappointment that we announce the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh. Darius was discovered unresponsive in mattress in his house room in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11 and was pronounced useless within the afternoon by the native health workers’ workplace.

‘The native police division have confirmed that there have been no indicators of intent or suspicious circumstances. The reason for his sudden demise is unknown at this stage whereas medical examinations proceed.

‘We ask that you just kindly respect our needs for privateness right now while we come to phrases with the tragic lack of our son and brother.’

Following the information that the Scottish singer had handed away, a slew of stars took to social media to supply their sympathies, together with Lorraine Kelly, Adele Roberts and Rylan. 

Responding the information of his demise, actress Carrie Hope Fletcher tweeted in the present day: ‘That is such unhappy information’ and shared a damaged coronary heart emoji. 

He first shot to fame when he appeared on Popstars in 2001 earlier than happening to defy critics and luxuriate in a profitable music and theatre profession.

In a efficiency regarded by most as cringey when it aired on the time, Darius garnered consideration for his cowl of Britney Spears’s Hit Me Child One Extra Time sporting his memorable ponytail and goatee on the ITV expertise present.

After Pop Idol in 2002, Danesh turned down Simon Cowell’s provide of a file deal and signed with producer Steve Lillywhite, whose credit embody U2 and the Rolling Stones.

His debut single, Colourblind, was launched in July 2002 and went straight to primary, marking the beginning of a run of prime 10 releases.

Because the accolades started pouring in for the acclaimed singer and songwriter’s profession, his first solo album Dive In went platinum, whereas his first West Finish stage look got here as Billy Flynn within the iconic Chicago.

Shot to stardom" The Scottish singer joined the bill for Pop Idol in 2002, with a new look, and crooned his way to third place, finishing behind runner-up Gareth Gates and eventual winner Will Young

Shot to stardom” The Scottish singer joined the invoice for Pop Idol in 2002, with a brand new look, and crooned his technique to third place, ending behind runner-up Gareth Gates and eventual winner Will Younger



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