Soapstar Superstar is a reality singing competition produced by Granada Television which first aired on British television station ITV in 2006. In the competition, ten soap opera actors perform in front of a celebrity panel, which included Cilla Black, Billy Sammeth and Chris Cowey. The contestants are judged on their singing ability, in a format similar to Pop Idol and The X Factor. However in this show, the audience decided which song contestants would sing in the next round. The two with the fewest votes were then put up for the public vote, and the one with the fewest votes from that round was eliminated from the competition. However, the eliminated contestant did get the honour of being part of the judging panel for that show and they got to save one contestant and decide which song they got to sing. Series one was presented by Fern Britton and Ben Shephard, with the ITV2 coverage presented by Jayne Middlemiss and Duncan James. The Voice Over was provided by Peter Dickson
The second season began on Friday 5 January 2007. Zoë Ball became the new host on ITV, with the ITV2 show being fronted by Mark Durden-Smith, Sheree Murphy and Rob Deering. Billy Sammeth and Chris Cowey returned as judges. However, Martine McCutcheon and Michael Ball replaced Cilla Black as judges. David Gest was also a guest judge for one episode. This was due to Michael Ball coaching the stars on how to sing songs from musicals. The Vocal Academy based in Manchester supplied the vocal coaching for the stars. The second season coaches were Joe, Jerone & Mandy.
|1st||Richard Fleeshman||Craig Harris||Coronation Street|
|2nd||Andy Whyment||Kirk Sutherland||Coronation Street|
|3rd||Lucy Pargeter||Chastity Dingle||Emmerdale|
|4th||Roxanne Pallett||Jo Stiles||Emmerdale|
|5th||Lee Otway||David "Bombhead" Burke||Hollyoaks|
|6th||Wendi Peters||Cilla Battersby-Brown||Coronation Street|
|7th||Shobna Gulati||Sunita Alahan||Coronation Street|
|8th||Nicholas Bailey||Anthony Trueman||EastEnders|
|9th||Michael Greco||Beppe di Marco||EastEnders|
|10th||Sammy Winward||Katie Sugden||Emmerdale|
|1st||Anthony Cotton||Sean Tully||Coronation Street|
|2nd||Hayley Tamaddon||Delilah Dingle||Emmerdale|
|3rd||Mark Furze||Ric Dalby||Home & Away|
|4th||Gemma Atkinson||Lisa Hunter||Hollyoaks|
|5th||Tupele Dorgu||Kelly Crabtree||Coronation Street|
|6th||Alan Fletcher||Karl Kennedy||Neighbours|
|7th||Leon Lopez||Jerome Johnson||Hollyoaks|
|8th||Matthew Wolfenden||David Metcalfe||Emmerdale|
|9th||Verity Rushworth||Donna Windsor-Dingle||Emmerdale|
|10th||Jane Danson||Leanne Battersby||Coronation Street|
|11th||Elaine Lordan||Lynne Hobbs||EastEnders|
Note: Leon Lopez was a replacement for Ben Freeman, who was banned by ITV because he'd been suspended from Emmerdale as he had a court case abroad, and so he was not in the country.
On October 18, 2007, after an in-depth investigation of ITV phone-in shows by Deloitte, it was revealed that phone-in votes for songs and even votes for contestants to go through to the next round had been manipulated by the programme makers. This involved some 20% of the viewers' votes for songs being ignored, and Jane Danson and Tupele Dorgu being put up for eviction in the first episode when the bottom two contestants by votes were actually Verity Rushworth and Leon Lopez.
As a result, ITV1 aired an Ofcom summary of findings announcement just before the final of the second series of Britain's Got Talent on May 31, 2008. It was shown again on June 8, 2008 before that night's episode of Coronation Street.