Just the Two of Us

Hannah Waterman and Marti Pellow win Just The Two Of Us 2007

They may have been third on stage but they were first in the viewers hearts as Hannah Waterman and Marti Pellow triumphed in BBC One’s singing showdown Just The Two Of Us.

Brendan Cole and Beverley Knight kicked off the show with an electrifying high impact, high octane performance of the Rolling Stones’ Brown Sugar, gaining two top scores from the judges – with CeCe and Tito both awarding 10 – and a score of 36 points overall.

Beverley was so overwhelmed she burst in to tears.

Mark Butcher and Sarah Brightman were second on stage with the Henry Mancini classic Moon River in a new swing interpretation – also garnering a top score from Tito and 34 points in total.

Hannah and Marti were the third of the finalists on stage with their country number, Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me, but it wasn’t such a hit with the judges on bringing in 30 points.

In a very close race of votes from the viewers, at 8.30pm Mark and Sarah polled bottom and were first to leave tonight’s competition.

Brendan and Beverley kicked off the second half of the show with Elton John’s Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me during which Beverley could hardly keep her emotions in check, she was so overwhelmed by the occasion.

Marti and Hannah came back with Rod Stewart’s Have I Told You Lately, winning acclaim from the judges.

In a very close viewer vote, at times there was less than one per cent between them.

But in the end Hannah and Marti triumphed and were crowned Just The Two Of Us champions.

Russell Watson has been advised by his doctor not to take part in the new series of the BBC One show Just The Two Of Us.

The singer, who won the first series of the show earlier this year with actress Sian Reeves, was due to return for the new series starting in January 2007.

However, Russell’s doctor has advised him not to undertake the intensive schedule of rehearsals and live performances following his operation earlier this year to remove a tumour from his brain.

His recovery has taken much longer than anticipated and he has been under constant medical supervision since the operation 10 weeks ago.

Although he is desperate to perform in the TV show, his overall health has been far more affected by the Pituitary Ademona than first expected.

Russell is extremely disappointed that he is unable to take part in the show, but realises that he must follow the medical advice and not commit to anything that could affect his recovery.

The specialists monitoring Russell, concerned about his health and well-being, have had to have the final word on this.

In the New Year Russell hopes to focus on the rescheduled dates of his UK tour and complete the recording of his eagerly awaited new album, which is scheduled for release in March.

Just The Two Of Us Executive Producer Sumi Connock said: “Obviously we’re deeply disappointed that our champion can’t return to defend his crown but we always knew that it was a possibility due to his health.

“Sadly, at this late stage, Russell won’t be replaced so we’ve taken the decision to reduce the number of competing couples to eight and his partner Loui Batley will also leave the show.

Hollyoaks’ Loui Batley added: “I was really looking forward to working with Russell so am a bit gutted but hope he gets well soon and I’ll be cheering the other competitors on from the comfort of my sofa!”

The eight remaining couples are: Hannah Waterman and Marti Pellow, Sarah Brightman and Mark Butcher, Tony Christie and Julia Bradbury, John Bardon and Jocelyn Brown, Luke Bailey and Natasha Hamilton, Gregg Wallace and Carol Decker, Janet Ellis and Alexander O’Neal, and Brendan Cole and Beverley Knight.

Just The Two Of Us starts on BBC One on Tuesday 2 January 2007.

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