Fame Academy

Season 1 Episode 26

Episode 25

Aired Daily 8:00 PM Nov 28, 2002 on BBC
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It's another Tuesday in the Academy, and the students are still waiting for the third probationer to be decided by the teachers. Ainslie isn't confident about his chances - but tells Jeremy that getting to the final three is important to him, because he doesn't want to see the end of Fame Academy on the television; he wants to be there and experience it. In the morning's dance lesson, Kevin asks the remaining contestants who they find the most annoying - everybody answers "Ainslie" and so their dance teacher orders them to attack him with tickles. The teachers meet to have another debate on the third probationer. Lemar comes under discussion, and Pam mentions that he needs to work on his breathing. Carrie tells the other tutors that Lemar is sleeping too much, and it's affecting his performance, because he's coming to her lesson with his voice not warmed up. Carrie says that this is also a bad thing because the viewers at home aren't getting a chance to see his personality. As the discussion goes on, Lemar is talking about how much he enjoys life in the Academy. He wakes up every morning and does exactly what he wants to do with his life. There's good food, a recording studio on hand, lessons from top teachers, and he gets to perform in front of millions of viewers every Friday night. Back at the grading table, Ainslie comes under discussion. He needs to work on his tuning, and conserve his energy. Outside, Sinead realises that this could be her last Tuesday, and Ainslie says that being on probation is scary because it feels like you could be nearing the end of your journey. Sinead says that she wants to write a song before she leaves. Later, the students are in for a surprise. One of the executives at Mercury Records - who will give the winner a record contract - is paying them a visit. His name is Steve Lillywhite, and he's not afraid to speak his mind. He tells the students that they are not showing enough dedication, and reminds them of the big prize on offer at the end of the show. Steve also tells Sinead that she is the only female left - and she's not using it to her advantage. The students are all very shook up, and Sinead goes off to practise, while Ainslie vows to stop smoking. The next day, however, Ainslie starts to have doubts. He realises that quitting could ruin his throat, which will ruin his chances on Friday night. Later on, he tells Kevin that he was irritated by the producers because he knows that he applies himself in every lesson. Kevin tells Ainslie that he doesn't think that everybody in the final three or four will end up with a record contract. The teachers gather together for their final grade discussion. David is working hard to get rid of bad notes in his voice - but is working very hard at his songwriting, which he is using as therapy. The teachers finally decide to put the students out of their misery - and make the grade announcement. Ainslie will be the third student to be put on probation - he needs to learn how to give a good TV performance, and when to conserve and channel his energy. Once the teachers have left, Ainslie complains that he "hates this game" now. He goes to tell Richard about his troubles - and complains about the way that the probationer is announced. He's not sure whether all of the comments made were applicable for him. The three probationers will be singing as a trio on Friday - "I've Got You Babe". Once the lesson is over, the Academy's piano player, Jo, comforts Ainslie as he starts to cry. He complains that it's too late in the week to practise now, and that it could have just been announced earlier. Ainslie goes outside, where Malachi and Sinead comfort him. Later, the students have the chance to go out for the night. They sing the same song on BBC Choice - and the viewers will choose their favourite - the three students with the most votes will go on the night out. 35,000 people vote within five minutes - and David, Lemar and Sinead get the most votes. Ainslie and Malachi must stay behind. As the others leave in a limo, the two best friends realise that hardly any of the 35,000 votes were for them. "Just the boost of confidence I needed!" Ainslie says sarcastically, to the teachers' amusement. Are these votes an indication of the public vote on Friday? One thing's for sure - it's going to be a tough choice.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Cat Deeley

Cat Deeley

Presenter 2002+

David Grant

David Grant

Vocal Coach (Season Two)

Patrick Kielty

Patrick Kielty

Host

Richard Park

Richard Park

Headteacher

Carrie Grant

Carrie Grant

Vocal Coach

Ainslie Henderson

Ainslie Henderson

Himself (Season One, Evicted, Days 1-64)

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