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Zoe Birkett (born 16 June 1985, Consett, County Durham, England) is an English singer. She was one of the youngest contestants on the first series of the ITV singing competition Pop Idol in 2001, being only 16 at the time.

Zoe began attending stage school when she was just three years old. She had had hopes of being a performer and had previously auditioned unsuccessfully to be in S Club 7, finishing in the final 12.

In 2002, Zoe finished fourth on the first series of Pop Idol, behind Will Young, Gareth Gates and Darius Danesh, and being the highest placed female on the show. During the programme, she performed such songs as Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time”, “I Will Always Love You” and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”; Aretha Franklin’s “I Say a Little Prayer”; ABBA’s “Thank You For the Music” and Judy Garland’s “Get Happy”. After the show, Zoe was the warm-up act on Pop Idol winners Will Young’s and Gareth Gates’ tour where she performed in front of 18,000 people. She performed three songs for Pop Idol: The Big Band Album.

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In 2003, Zoe signed a recording contract with 19 Recordings and released one single, “Treat Me Like a Lady”, on 13 January 2003. The track was co-written by fellow Pop Idol contestant Sarah Whatmore, and reached number 12 in the UK Singles Chart on 25 January.

Zoe appeared in Robert C. Kelly’s production of In Town Tonight at the Glasgow Kings Theatre and then went on to star in pantomime in her home town of Darlington, along with Big Brother contestant Anthony Hutton. She has also toured the country with What A Feeling – a tribute to musicals such as Saturday Night Fever, Fame, Flashdance, Grease and many more – with Noel Sullivan and 1980s pop singer Sinitta. At the time, she was engaged to Pop Idol 2 runner-up Mark Rhodes; however the pair later split up and Zoe began dating her panto co-star Hutton.

In October 2006, she and Sullivan flew to Las Vegas to host a show called Cover Girls in the Golden Nugget Casino. Zoe starred in Thriller – Live from May to June 2007, playing the lead female role. During 2008, Zoe has appeared in many shows, including West End Rocks, another tribute to musicals such as Fame, Grease and Flashdance. Towards the end of 2008, Zoe toured the UK and Europe with Thriller – Live.bio3

Zoe landed herself a major West End role in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, from March 2009. Zoe left the show in March 2010, along with fellow performer, Kate Gillespie. She was succeeded by Charlotte Riby.

In September 2011, Zoe appeared as one of the lead singers in the new West End show, Respect La Diva, which ran at the Garrick Theatre.

In November 2011, she recorded a version of Eva Cassidy’s “You’ve Changed”, for inclusion in the Singers Inc album. As of October 2013 Zoe has taken over the role of Lead Female in Thriller Live, a musical concert dedicated to the music of The Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson.

On 14 July 2014, Zoe shocked the nation and entered the Big Brother house being one of three with the power to evict an existing housemate. Zoe spent 3 weeks on Big Brother before being evicted.

Since Big Brother Zoe has landed herself a lead role in The Bodyguard The Musical UK Tour which kicks off early next year.

 

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Zoe Birkett (born 16 June 1985, Consett, County Durham, England) is an English singer. She was one of the youngest contestants on the first series of the ITV singing competition Pop Idol in 2001, being only 16 at the time.

Zoe began attending stage school when she was just three years old. She had had hopes of being a performer and had previously auditioned unsuccessfully to be in S Club 7, finishing in the final 12.

In 2002, Zoe finished fourth on the first series of Pop Idol, behind Will Young, Gareth Gates and Darius Danesh, and being the highest placed female on the show. During the programme, she performed such songs as Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time”, “I Will Always Love You” and...

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