Soapstar Superstar is a British reality singing competition, produced by Granada Television (branded Granada Productions and ITV Productions), and aired on ITV from 6 January 2006 to 13 January 2007. The show's format works in a similar format to that of Pop Idol and The X Factor, in that the competition features a group of soap opera actors performing in front of a celebrity panel of judges, with the weakest performers being eliminated when they receive the fewest votes from the judges and a public vote. Unlike these shows, the audience decides upon the song contestants sung in the next round, with the eliminated contestant joining the judging panel for that episode to save one of the other contestants and decide on which song they would sing next.
The first series was hosted by Fern Britton and Ben Shephard, with Jayne Middlemiss and Duncan James hosting a companion show for the series on ITV2, entitled Soapstar Superstar: Extra Tracks. For the second series, the show was presented by Zoe Ball, with the ITV2 companion show, retitled as Soapstar Superstar: Bonus Tracks, hosted by Mark Durden-Smith, Sheree Murphy and Rob Deering. Both series featured Billy Sammeth and Chris Cowey as part of the judging panel, with assistance from Cilla Black in 2006, and Martine McCutcheon and Michael Ball in 2007.
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