Which of these Yorkshire reality TV stars will still be famous in 15 years?

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IT’S nearly 50 years since Andy Warhol predicted that, in the future, everyone would be world-famous for 15 minutes.

The legendary artist may have been guilty of indulging in a spot of hyperbole, but the recent rise of reality TV means he actually wasn’t too far wide of the mark.

Whether it’s the housemates of Big Brother, the aspiring entrepreneurs of The Apprentice or the singing and dancing hopefuls of shows too numerous to mention, a seemingly never-ending stream of names and faces has flitted through the nation’s living rooms over the last 15 years or so.

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Here the YEP looks back at some of Leeds and West Yorkshire’s reality TV stars and finds out what they have been up to since their time in the small screen spotlight.


THEN: Claire Young got to the final of BBC TV’s The Apprentice in 2008, with her no-nonsense style earning her the nickname “The Rottweiler” along the way.

NOW: The former Wakefield Girls’ High School pupil has put the entrepreneurial flair she demonstrated on the programme to good use in a successful career as a businesswoman.

Her firm, School Speakers, provides “experienced, interesting and knowledgeable” speakers for schools, colleges and universities.

Claire, from Wakefield, admits the level of recognition that came with TV fame was something of a surprise: “I can remember being in M&S packing some shopping and this man came up and started telling me his opinions about me!”

But she also says she has no regrets about her decision to appear: “The show has changed my life.”


THEN: Leeds lass Sadie Flower showed all the right moves when she won BBC One’s Strictly Dance Fever in 2005.

NOW: Sadie has built on her success in the Graham Norton-hosted show and today runs her own Tingley-based dance academy for budding performers aged five to 21. She has a sideline as a promoter, putting on an annual freestyle and street dance event at Doncaster Dome.

Sadie is planning to mark this year’s 10th anniversary of her win with a live show in Leeds alongside Joseph Hall, her partner on the programme.

She is also mum to an 18-month-old daughter.

Sadie, originally from Methley but now living in Birstall, said: “Strictly Dance Fever was a massive thing in my life. I’d encourage anyone going into a TV competition to grasp the opportunity with both hands.”


THEN: Teenage comedian and cerebral palsy sufferer Jack Carroll finished runner-up in the 2013 series of ITV programme Britain’s Got Talent.

NOW: Jack has built 
on his reputation as a genuine rising star with appearances in two TV sitcoms, Sky’s Trollied and BBC One’s Big School.

Big School was 
co-written by funnyman David Walliams, one of the judges wowed by the youngster on Britain’s Got Talent.

Walliams said: “[Jack] was perfect to play a kid in this series and he was really funny. Myself and the Dawson brothers (co-writers Andrew and Steve) wrote the part with him in mind, and we had a lot of fun writing material for him.”

Keen Leeds United fan Jack, from Hipperholme, has also spent some time in Blackpool making a short film called Going to Mecca.


THEN: Would-be Victoria Beckham lookalike Chanelle Hayes walked out of Channel 4’s Big Brother in 2007 after her on-off romance with fellow housemate Ziggy Lichman turned sour.

NOW: Wakefield’s Chanelle has modelled for lads’ mags such as Loaded, Zoo and Nuts while her relationships with footballer Matthew Bates and TV personality Jack Tweed have made her a familiar presence in the tabloids.

She has also released a perfume and a pop single and penned an autobiography, entitled Baring My Heart.

The former Pontefract New College student has faced tough times while in the limelight, she needed hospital treatment in 2009 after taking an overdose.

Chanelle, mum to son Blakely, showed a happier and more homely side in 2012 when she launched a cake-making business called Love Cake Love Me.


THEN: Songbird Carolynne Poole made it through to the live stages of ITV’s X Factor in 2012 and previously reached the final of BBC One’s Fame Academy in 2003.

NOW: Former Intake High School pupil Carolynne is preparing to release an album that will showcase her love of country music.

She spent most of last year in America working in Nashville and Los Angeles on the album with well-known figures such as Sandi Thom.

Leeds Rhinos fan Carolynne told the YEP: “My music isn’t your typical country music.

“We call it ‘funky country’ as it’s a fusion of country, pop and rock.

“Tongue-in-cheek, fun country pop songs with some powerful ballads should be expected from the album – think Shania Twain meets Kelly Clarkson.

“The first release from the album is due in April and I’m pretty excited to finally be able to get something out there.”

Asked about her X Factor experience, Carolynne said: “I don’t regret the show at all, it has put me in front of the people in America that I would’ve never reached before.”

Some you may have forgotten:

* Leeds singer Richard Wilkinson was one fifth of boyband Futureproof, who reached the live finals of X Factor in 2007;

* Andy Jackson, a Leeds-born car dealer, was the first contestant to get the ‘you’re fired’ treatment in the 2007 series of The Apprentice;

* Leeds business studies student Vanessa Nimmo, originally from South Africa, lasted a month in the Big Brother house back in 2004;

* Helene Speight, a global pricing leader from Leeds, made it through to the final of The Apprentice in 2008;

* Dewsbury’s David Ramsden finished third in Big Brother in 2009 - but came out of the house to find his real-life flat had been burgled.

Two big names from Leeds are currently sitting on the other side of the reality TV show fence.

Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson and former Spice Girl Mel B are judges on The Voice and X Factor respectively.

Ricky’s recruitment to his role is partly credited with a renaissance in the fortunes of the Kaisers that last year saw them score a number one album.

He recently confessed that he was prescribed SEASICKNESS pills to help with his nerves after signing up with the programme.

Mel B, meanwhile, stole at least some of the attention from the contestants on last year’s X Factor finals weekend.

Illness forced her to miss the Saturday night show but she returned to her judge’s seat in time for the following evening’s edition.