Name: Gareth Paul Gates
Birthdate: July 12th 1984
Hair Colour: brown
Eye Colour: brown
Described in 3 Words: determined, hardworking and friendly
Worst Habit: Obsession with his hair!
Likes: singing, playing the guitar and piano
Dislikes: showoffs, selfish people and people with huge heads
Ideal Partner: Britney Spears
Person He'd Like to Meet: Michael Jackson
School Subject: Music
Solo Singer: Robbie Williams
Song: "Flying Without Wings" - Westlife
+He takes 20 minutes to gel his hair each morning.
+Singing Westlife tracks keeps his mind off things.
+Smitten Gareth texts his Pop Idol pal Zoe dozens of times a day.
+Eight minders were needed to escort him 50 metres from his battle bus to the Capital Radio Studios.
+His favourite snack is prawn cocktail sandwiches and ready salted crisps.
+Julia Roberts is his No 1 movie star and he watches her film 'Notting Hill' over and over again.
+In a bid to cure his stammer, Gareth enrolled on the McGuire programme - a special breathing course.
+When the show first started, Gareth recieved 100 fan letters a week. Now it's 2,000 a day.
+Some of the letters are so suggestive, he is prevented from seeing them in case they put him off his performance.
+He keeps the lyrics to all his songs in his back pocket in case he forgets them.