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Name: Gareth Paul Gates                                                               
Born: 12 July 1984 Bradford, Yorkshire England                                         
Gareth Paul Gates (born July 12, 1984, Bradford, Yorkshire England) is an             
English pop singer who shot to fame in 2002 when he came second in the first           
series of the ITV talent show Pop Idol. Gates is also known for overcoming his         
severe stammer through the McGuire Programme, qualifying as a speech coach             
in 2004. So far he has sold 3.5 million singles & albums in the UK alone.             
Gates was born in Bradford to father Paul Gates and mother Wendy Broadbent . He       
has three sisters, Jessica (b. 1993), Charlotte (b. 1991) and Nicola (b. 1985)         
and grew up with cousin James (b. 1986) who was fostered by the family. His           
parents regularly foster other children.                                               
Gates joined Bradford Cathedral choir at age nine. He was head chorister at           
Bradford Cathedral by the age of eleven, singing solo for the Queen when she           
visited in 1997. Gates achieved Grade VIII in piano, classical guitar and             
singing. He had gained a place at the Royal Northern College of Music before the       
finals of Pop Idol.                                                                   
An early favourite to win, Gates was runner-up on the first series of Pop Idol         
in February 2002. Despite not winning the competition, he was soon signed up           
with Simon Cowell's record label BMG. (Cowell had been one of the Pop Idol             
judges, notorious for his harsh criticisms of many of the contestants.)               
The songs Gareth sang on Pop Idol were:                                               
Audition - Flying Without Wings by Westlife                                           
Top 50 (Semi Finals) - Flying Without Wings by Westlife                               
Top 10 (Your Pop Idol) - Everything I Do (I Do It For You) by Bryan Adams             
Top 9 (Christmas Songs) - Last Christmas by George Michael                             
Top 8 (Burt Bacharach) - Arthur's Theme by Christopher Cross                           
Top 7 (Movie Hits) - My Girl by The Temptations                                       
Top 6 (ABBA) - One Of Us by ABBA                                                       
Top 5 (Big Band Hits) - Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin                                 
Top 4 (No. 1 Hits) - Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers                       
Top 3 (Judge's Choice) - Yesterday by The Beatles; Flying Without Wings by             
Top 2 (Grand Finale) - Evergreen by Westlife; Unchained Melody by The Righteous       
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