Popstar to Operastar



Myleene Klass (and Alan Titchmarsh from 2010)


Meat Loaf and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen (2010)
Simon Callow and Vanessa Mae (2011)

Mentors/Judges: Katherine Jenkins and Rolando Villazón

Voiceover: Marc Silk


Renegade Pictures for ITV1, 15 January 2010 to 10 July 2011 (12 episodes in 2 series)


Myleene Klass and Alan Titchmarsh host as each week eight moderately well-known popstars, under the tutelage of Katherine Jenkins and Rolando Villazón, learn to perform operatic arias. On each live programme, each popstar must perform, after which the judging panel, consisting of the two mentors alongside well-known operatic superstars Meat Loaf (eh?), and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen (again, eh?), give their verdict on the performance.

After all of the popstars have performed, the phone lines are opened for Joe Public to vote for who they want to see progress to the following week's programme. Following a well-trodden format, the two popstars that receive the fewest public votes must sing again, before one of them is sent packing by the judges. The field is narrowed over several weeks, before two popstars are eliminated in the semi-final, leaving two to battle it out in the final, for the chance to be declared the winner.

For the 2011 series, the presenting services of Titchmarsh were dispensed with, leaving Klass to host the programme solo. Meanwhile, Llewelyn-Bowen, and Meatloaf left the judging panel, with actor and writer Simon Callow, and violinist Vanessa Mae taking their places.

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  • Darius Campbell (formerly Darius Danesh from Pop Idol)
  • Alex James (Blur)
  • Marcella Detroit (Shakespear's Sister)
  • Vanessa White (The Saturdays)
  • Bernie Nolan (The Nolans)
  • Kym Marsh (Hear'Say)
  • Danny Jones (McFly)
  • Jimmy Osmond (The Osmonds)


  • Andy Bell (Erasure)
  • Cheryl Baker (Bucks Fizz)
  • Claire Richards (Steps)
  • Jocelyn Brown (Soul legend)
  • Joe McElderry (X Factor winner)
  • Joseph Washbourn (Toploader)
  • Midge Ure (Thin Lizzy and Ultravox)
  • Melody Thornton (Pussycat Dolls)


2010 Darius Campbell
2011 Joe McElderry

Web links

Official site

Wikipedia entry

See also

Weaver's Week review


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