- Mark Rhodes
Mark finished in second place in the second series of Pop Idol in the UK, runner-up to Michelle McManus. After Pop Idol, he teamed up with third-place Sam Nixon, releasing two singles under the name Sam & Mark. In February 2004, their cover of the song "With a Little Help from My Friends" reached #1 in the UK singles chart, remaining there for one week. Their second single 'The Sun Has Come Your Way" only reached #19 in the singles chart. The pair were subsequently dropped from their record label.
Mark went on to co-present Top of the Pops Reloaded with Sam Nixon and Fearne Cotton in 2004. From April 2006, Mark co-hosted the weekday children's breakfast show Level Up on BBC Two alongside Nixon and Ayesha Asantewaa. Level Up finished its first series in September 2006.
Since September 2006, Rhodes co-presents BBC Two's Saturday morning show TMi alongside Sam Nixon and television presenter Caroline Flack. He has his own short segment of the show called "Question Mark", A feature where he tries to answer viewers' questions, but Caroline and Sam talk through it. In later series Caroline left and the show moved to Fridays. He also co-presented Do Something Different with Sam Nixon and Ayesha Asantewaa. Sam and Mark have produced children's reality series, Who wants to be a Superhero? and Sam and Mark's guide to Dodging Disaster.
In 2009, Mark co-presented the show Skate Nation on BBC 2. Mark currently presents TMi Friday on the CBBC Channel with Sam Nixon and the pair also present the CBBC family game show Copycats. Mark unfortunately fell at the quarter-final stage in the Total Wipeout Celebrity Special 2010, losing out to eventual winner Danielle Lloyd. Sam & Mark took part in two episodes of Hole in the Wall, airing on 11 October 2008 and 14 November 2009 and were contestants on a celebrity version of TV show Total Wipeout which aired on 2 January 2010.
When at school, Mark attended Darlaston Comprehensive High School in Darlaston. Presently, Mark splits his time between his flat in London, and his family house in Wolverhampton, where he is regularly seen socialising in the village of Wombourne.Mark became engaged in March 2011.
Pop Idol 2 performances
Week Theme Song Choice Original Artist Result Top 50 "She's Like The Wind" Patrick Swayze 20.3% (2/10) Top 12 Your Pop Idol "With Or Without You" U2 Bottom 3 Top 10 Birthyear Songs "Imagine" John Lennon Safe Top 8 Elton John Songs "Something About The Way You Look Tonight" Elton John Safe Top 7 Disco "More Than A Woman" Bee Gees Bottom 3 Top 6 The Beatles "Help!" The Beatles Bottom 3 Top 5 Big Band "Have You Met Miss Jones?" Frank Sinatra Safe Top 4 Christmas Songs "Merry Christmas Everybody" Slade Bottom 2 "Blue Christmas" Elvis Presley Top 3 Judges' Choice "Back For Good" Take That Safe "If You Don't Know Me By Now" Simply Red Final Contestant's Choice "She's Like The Wind" Patrick Swayze Runner-up B Side "Measure Of A Man" Clay Aiken Winner's Single "All This Time" To be released by the winner. The eventual winner was Michelle McManus
Year Title Notes 2003 Pop Idol Contestant 2004–2006 Top of the Pops Reloaded Co-presenter 2006 Level Up Main presenter with Sam Nixon 2006–2010 TMi Main presenter with Sam Nixon and Caroline Flack 2007 Do Something Different Main presenter 2008 SMart Guest presenter 2008 Sam and Mark's Guide to Dodging Disaster Main presenter with Sam Nixon 2009 Who Wants To Be A Superhero? Main presenter 2009 Skate Nation Main presenter with Sam Nixon 2010 Jump Nation Main presenter with Sam Nixon 2010 Copycats Main presenter with Sam Nixon 2011 Comic Relief Does Glee Club Main presenter with Sam Nixon 2011 Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind Up Main presenter with Sam Nixon
- With a Little Help from My Friends - Sam & Mark (February 2004)
- The Sun Has Come Your Way - Sam & Mark (May 2004)
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