Pop Idol: Rik and Aaron through to final
In the closest heat to date, Rik, 20, came first with 25.6% of public votes. On hearing the result, he praised his fellow contestants. "Sorry guys. I would like to say that all the eight are absolutely brilliant."
26-year-old Aaron Bayley was in a marginal second place with 24.9% after giving a performance of 'Walking In Memphis'. "I'm on top of the world; absolutely ecstatic," he said.
Darius Danesh was third with 19.9%, closely followed by Sarah whatmore with 19.8%. Vanessa Cavanagh was a distant fifth place with 3.5%.
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