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Rik Waller
Born 1981 Gillingham, Kent, England
Genres Pop
Occupations Musician
Years active 2001-present
Labels EMI, Red Admiral, Coeur De Lion
Associated acts Rik Waller's Mighty Soul Band/Rik Waller's Unfinished Business
Website http://www.rikwaller.co.uk/

Rik Waller (born 1981 in Gillingham, Kent, England) is an English singer.

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Career

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Pop Idol

Rik Waller is best known for being a finalist in the first series of the British ITV television series Pop Idol. He made it into the final ten of the show but was forced to pull out due to severe laryngitis leading to torn vocal cords as a result of overuse and his place in the final 10 was taken by Darius Danesh.

EMI

Following the show, Waller signed a recording contract with EMI in a deal worth approximately £200,000. His first single was a cover of Dolly Parton's song "I Will Always Love You" which made Number 6 in the UK singles chart. He followed this up with another top 40 hit, recorded originally by Labi Siffre, "Something Inside So Strong". Both of these songs appear on Waller's album From Now.

Celebrity Fit Club

Waller has suffered from weight problems all of his life, and briefly appeared on Celebrity Fit Club before withdrawing from the programme.

Red Admiral Records

When he was dropped by EMI, Waller formed his own band to take his music out on the road. Rik then signed an album deal with Red Admiral Records.[1] In October 2004 it was reported in the media that the Devon concert of Rik and his band's UK tour was cancelled because only two tickets were sold.[2]

His second album Innocence was released in September 2005. The band was subsequently re-named Rik Waller's Mighty Soul Band, and then re-named again to Rik Waller's Unfinished Business. On February 28, 2007, Waller appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

Waller is currently working on new material, writing scripts, singing, acting and generally branching out with his new project being "The Full Circle Project" which primarily will be touring the UK looking for new talent, the idea being that he will be spotting the talent himself and passing them on to pro talent scouts, management companies and record companies as part of a TV documentary that is set to start filming early 2008. Waller has also set up his own recording company "Coeur De Lion".[3]

Personal life

He was educated at The Howard School, Rainham.

Discography

Albums

  • From Now... (July 2002)
  • Innocence (July 2005)

Singles

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
Pop Idol 2001 Self
Pop Idol Extra 2001 Self
Esther 2002 Self
Kelly 2002 Self
Top of the Pops 2002 Self
Celebrity Fit Club 2002 Self
The National Music Awards 2002 2002 Self Audience Member
The Weakest Link 2003 Self aka Weakest Link Champions' League (UK)
Back to Reality 2004 Self
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 2007 Self Mystery Guest

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