Amberley Lobo looks back at the past nine Pop Slams, and reveals her best moments from the series, including some unseen treats.
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We have had nine awesome Pop Slams in this series.
It's now time to look back
at some of the best moments from all the shows,
plus some unseen treats.
I'm Amberley Lobo, and this is Pop Slam!
Going into the "Pop Slam!" ring, we've got all of our stars.
We've seen 18 acts go head-to-head in an effort to win the Ambo.
Some have been victorious, others not so lucky.
But it's now time to find out
who has been the best pop star of them all.
I'm going to be picking my most pop-tastic moments from the series
to see who has what it takes
to be crowned the ultimate "Pop Slam!" champion
and take home this little beauty -
the Mega Ambo.
Which of you guys wants this?
Calm down, Gary.
There's only one way to get your mitts on the Mega Ambo
and that's by proving you're the ultimate pop star -
an awesome combination of endless hard work,
incredible chart success
and standout pop style.
But which of our acts has what it takes?
This could get controversial,
so get onto this CBBC website and have your say.
I am on Team Labyrinth, because he has such an amazing voice.
I'm on Team Kylie because I love the way she dresses.
I'm on Team Take That because they're my favourite band.
I'm on Ed Sheeran's team.
I am on the team of Selena Gomez cos she's a really good singer.
I absolutely love Beyonce.
I am on Team Rixton.
We're on Team McBusted.
We're on Team Sam Smith.
Hi, I'm on Team 5 Seconds Of Summer.
Go, Ella Henderson! And I hope you win!
They know whose team they're on, but who will win?
There is only one way to decide.
It's time for the ultimate Pop Slam!
Round One is all about
how our Pop Slammers got started on the road to stardom.
Over the series, I travelled across the UK,
America, Australia and New Zealand,
meeting some amazing people
and unearthing some pretty incredible stuff.
I have had loads of fun digging around
and meeting the people who used to know our stars back in the day,
finding out what they used to get up to.
And, of course, while I've been out and about
I've been getting a little bit involved, too.
# Now put your hands up
# Up in the club
# Just broke up
# I'm doing my own little thing... #
I travelled to Houston, Texas
to work out in the very park where Beyonce
used to do pop star training sessions with her dad.
Knees out, knees out.
Ooh! Dad, can you get me a water?
# Only love can hurt like this... #
I joined Paloma Faith's old theatre director
to do some ghostly dancing,
just like Paloma did back in the day.
-Do air grabs. Is it like I'm grabbing the air?
It's like the doves are landing on you.
It's like you're calling the doves to land on you.
# When you're ready, come and get it
# Na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na
# Na-na-na-na... #
And had a totally amazing acting session
with Selena Gomez's old acting teacher.
-OK, more natural walk.
-Oh, OK, sorry!
Who walks like this? Nobody. You've got to walk more naturally.
Really good till the end! Give us a scream like...
Listen, scream like this.
Go! Go on, get out of there!
Awesome acting skills by me, there.
Weird I haven't had any calls from Hollywood.
Anyway, it wouldn't be "Pop Slam!"
if I also didn't have a go at some singing.
Yeah, you might want to cover your ears for this one.
# Get ready, it's me, Amberley
# And Jakey G
# Rapping on TV. #
# She looks so perfect, standing there
# In my generically branded underwear. #
# Let the sun shine, let the sun shine, baby. #
SHE HUMS: Can't Get You Out Of My Head by Kylie Minogue
# Don't go
# Don't leave
# Please stay. #
# This is the part when
# I say I don't wanna
# I'm stronger than I've been before
# This is the part when
# I break free
# Cos I can't resist it no more. #
Oh, bring it in! That was amazing!
Oh, that was the full Ariana Grande experience.
Yeah, I think we can all agree I need to work on my singing.
So I got some much-needed help
from Sam Smith's old vocal coach, Joanna Eden.
# Oh, won't you
# Stay with me... #
-Nice to see you.
'Joanna gave Sam some one-on-one vocal lessons
'when he was just nine years old,
'and put him on the path to stardom.
'So she's a bit of a lej.'
# But darling, stay with me... #
So, shall I show you what I used to do with Sam every lesson
-to kind of warm his voice up?
-I would love it. Let's do it.
OK, so we'll start by inflating. So you've got to be a balloon now.
So you're going to allow your whole body to get bigger.
That's it, and now squeeze it.
OK, so that's the power behind your voice.
So now you're going to be on a rollercoaster
and you're just about to dip into the water.
And as you get down, you're going to go "Woooo-EEEEE," like that, OK?
Or would you rather go, "whoo"? It's up to you.
-I think would rather "whee", yeah.
-OK, so when you do it,
I want you to gather everything up
-as if you are going, "whoa," like that.
OK, so one, two, three.
I did! I said was going to "whee"!
I just let the moment take me. I let the moment take me.
So I want you to go, "whoooooEEEEEEE" like that.
-One, two, three.
So, did you think you've got a really lovely high voice?
I don't know. People just generally tell me it's rubbish.
You've got a deep voice but you just went up
-to maybe about there.
-SHE PLAYS HIGH NOTE
Is that a G-flat major?
I don't even know what that is! I'm kidding!
That's brilliant, it's a G. You were so close!
That's the best day of my musical life.
-Did I get a G?
-You went high.
What does this mean in English? Can I be the next Sam?
I think you can.
You'll have to pay me about another £3,000
and then I can give you my magic.
And then...I'll make you famous.
I will pay you in hugs. I will pay you in hugs.
All right, then, I'll let you off.
# It's clear to see... #
Sam Smith clearly better watch out cos the Lobo is after his job.
But I haven't just been messing around with singing this whole time.
Oh, no, I've been getting up close and personal
with the places our stars grew up in.
I'll give them a knock.
'I went to the house where Labrinth grew up with his eight siblings.'
-Who is it?
-Um, it's Amberley.
'The boarding school that Ella Henderson went to.'
This is amazing!
'And even had a tour of the caravan
'that Jake and Danny from Rixton used to live in,
'from Danny's mum Angela.'
# Take it, take it
# I'll give my heart to you for free, girl
# Don't you break it, break it... #
Give me some.
I'm a little bit excited.
I can't believe that this is where Danny and Jake
used to write out music.
Give me the grand tour.
OK...this is it!
Oh, it's great. It's great. I'm loving it.
Don't hold back, tell me everything.
OK, this is where Danny and Jake signed it originally,
and Charley and Lewi added on when they joined.
Just clear this space.
I might try and take that and put it on my wall.
No, that's not going anywhere, you're lucky.
Oh, and what's in here? Is this the lounge room?
-Oh, no, this is the bathroom.
I can tell Jake and Danny have been in there!
Ooh, check this out!
Is this the lounge room, kind of sleeping room?
This is it. This is the lounge room.
It's everything I dreamed of.
These are obviously the boys' beds. I can imagine...
Oh, this feels like... Was this Jake's bed?
I can feel Jake being on the side.
I think that may have been Jake's side.
Yeah, yeah, this is definitely Jake's bed.
# Say what you mean to me
# And mean what you say... #
No way! It's like an old cassette recorder.
Maybe it's got, like, one of their original demos in there.
Oh, my hand's stuck.
No, jokes. There's nothing in there.
# Wait on me
# I know how to love you
# And I want to love you some more... #
Have they left anything in here that I can have?
Angela, I don't know what it is but can I please have it?
It's the key! It's the key for the caravan.
Well, this is perfect,
cos I'm looking for somewhere to live
so maybe I could stay here.
You can't, I'm really sorry.
But there's a queue.
There's a queue of people want to stay here.
I am so happy to wait!
'Yeah, can I just say, I'm still waiting, Angela!'
It was great seeing the places our stars grew up in
but let me tell you something that was even better -
seeing some classic old photos of them.
Here's my top five.
In fifth place, Lorde at her old intermediate school
looking super fly and happy as Larry.
At number four, we have Demi Lovato at age eight
winning the Texas State Cinderella Miniature Miss.
So cute there, Miss Lovato.
In third place, we have got a young Danny Jones from McBusted
rocking his guitar with his sister, Vicky.
At two, it's Ariana Grande. Awesome curls there, Ari.
You look slightly like a young Amberley Lobo. Nice!
And at number one, it's the legendary Labrinth
clearly getting into the rhythm from when he was just a little nipper.
Oh, that is an awesome picture of little Lab.
But will it be enough to win him the Ambo?
You will have to stick around to find out.
Right now, it's time for Round Two.
Round Two looked at the incredible effort our stars put in to stay big.
They have been mega busy -
touring, recording albums, writing songs, collaborating...
Whatever it takes to keep them sat at the top of the charts.
One thing all our stars have in common
is they all put on some epic shows.
Here is a rundown of my top five performances
from our "Pop Slam!" stars.
At number five, it's Paloma Faith
performing with a massive orchestra and choir
at an extra special performance for the BBC Proms.
Oh, I wish I could have been there!
# Yeah, yeah, yeah, o-o-o-o-ooh
# Just can't rely on you, baby
# Can't rely on you
# You've got that good stuff but that don't last
# Ain't good enough for me, baby... #
# I got a good heart
# I was born on beat and that's a good start... #
In fourth place, we have Wretch 32
performing Unorthodox at BBC Radio 1Xtra live.
Loving the backwards cap action there, Wretch!
# Now I don't sleep, man I miss those nights
# I take planes like trains I don't miss no flights
# I'm the type of guy that will have no life
# Just so I can shine like disco lights... #
# I just can't get you out of my head... #
At number three
is Kylie Minogue's glamtastic Showgirls tour.
I mean, come on, that outfit is beyond amazing!
# Boy, it's more than I dare to think about
# La-la-la-la-la... #
In second place are 5SOS,
performing their killer track What I Like About You in LA in 2014.
# That's what I like about you
# You hold me tight
# And tell me I'm the only one
# Wanna come over tonight?
# Yeah... #
-# I can see your halo... #
And in the number one top spot is Beyonce,
performing Halo on her I Am world tour.
# I can see your halo... #
Seriously, she had to come in at number one
after that epic stage dive.
-# I can see your halo
-# I can see your halo
-# I can see your halo
-# I can see your halo
But not everyone's performances have been totally off the hook.
Even super megastars like Calum from 5SOS
have had the occasional nightmare on stage.
While they were on the road with a little band -
you might have heard of them, One Direction -
Calum had a slight wardrobe malfunction.
I didn't see it, I wasn't there,
but I imagine it went a little something like this.
"Hey, what's up? My name is Calum. Let's do this!"
# Don't stop doing what you're doing... #
-"Oh! Crikey, I've gone and done it!
"I've split my pants!
"Bruce! Bruce, we have a rock emergency!"
"What's up?" "I just need some more tape."
"Oh, yeah, sure. There you go, Cal."
"Cal, your pants can't take any more tape."
"More, Bruce!" "OK."
"Thanks, mate." "All right, see you."
# Don't stop doing what you're doing! #
"And jump! And jump!"
That's right, Calum split his pants
and had to tape them up just so he could keep on rocking.
Now, that is what I call dedication. Nice one!
Cal, I totally feel your pain.
I have had a fair few performance problems myself.
I've come to Bolton to meet Vicky, Danny Jones's sister, from McFly,
to get the low-down.
Oh, the door's stuck, sorry!
These guys are like a one-hit...stop shop.
These guys are like a one-hit sop shop.
One-stop hit shop!
Oh, it's so good.
All right, all right, all right, all right.
Who wants the multi-talented, multi...?
Multi... What else I do?
She would go on to be the worldwide songwriting phenomenon...!
Online, Charlotte used to call herself Charli XCX, which means...
-SHE MAKES NONSENSE SOUNDS
So, he got on touch with Albert...
SHE PRETENDS TO CRY
It's totally gone!
What? Come on! We've all had our off days, right?
But if there is something
I'm actually really good at, it's dancing,
as I proved to Demi Lovato's old choreographer, Kat Garcia.
Actually, I'm not really good at dancing either.
-Bring it in!
'But, if anyone was going to help me master my inner dancer,
'it was this lady.
'Kat used to be Demi Lovato's choreographer
'and is a big deal in the world of showbiz.'
Whenever I do teach singers, like Demi,
I have to think as a singer and a dancer
and teach as a singer and dancer,
cos you have to be able to sing and move
and not huff and puff too much.
-Yeah, that's a massive issue.
-But yet, you can't not do anything,
cos the energy of the show'll go down.
So, put your mic up like you're singing.
So you're going to walk but with a little bit more swag,
-like you're a model, kind of.
So you want to walk like you are literally like,
"This is my stage, I own it."
There you go! Yeah!
# But even if the stars and moon collide... #
# Even when the stars and moons collide... #
Now, just step out and I want you to go, hand,
and you're just going to kind of have your moment, yeah?
# I really don't care... #
# Even when the stars and moon collide
# I never want you back into my life... #
Oh, wow, I'm Demi! I'm Demi!
# I really don't care
What I want you to do is do the steps that I taught you
and then whatever is from there,
I want you to actually do your own thing.
-So you have to act...
-Are you sure?
Yes, because if you never sing ever again in your lifetime,
you always go for my rule of thumb.
You always pretend they can't hear.
So what are you going to do if they can't hear,
how are you going to get them to connect with you?
Gestures, movement. Yeah.
# Now, if we meet out on the street I won't be running scared... #
Kat has taught me all the moves.
Now it's time for me to unleash my inner dance diva.
# Even among the stars and moon collide
# I never want you back into my life
# You can take the words and all your lives
# I really don't care... #
There you go, yes!
Oh-oh, break it down! Oh-oh!
Get some levels, come on.
it all around, sky grabs!
-Moving it here.
I'm singing in time like...
You know what? I think I'm just going to leave it to Demi!
# I really don't care. #
OK, I might need a few more lessons. But Demi seems to have nailed it.
Will it be enough to win her the Mega Ambo?
You'll have to stay tuned to find out.
Right now, though, it's time for Round Three.
Round Three is all about style.
And to get the Mega Ambo, the "Pop Slam!" stars
are going to have to prove they have it in bucketloads.
As we have seen throughout the series,
in order to be a top pop star,
you have to have some top pop style swagger.
So, of course, I rolled up my sleeves and got involved.
# I keep going to the river to pray
# Cos I need something that can wash out the pain... #
-OK, transform me into Labrinth.
-Let's do it.
-Your jacket, look at this.
-Labrinth, come in!
-Queen's Guard Kylie hat.
-Is that what it's called?
Well, yes, this is... So, it was based on the Queen's Guard hats.
-I think that goes behind your head.
-It might be painful.
-No, no, no!
It's Wretched me. I'm going to go stretch my jeans, keep the hat on.
Thank you so much.
Oh, that's great. That is good.
Wait, now, Frank... Just wait for it.
Who am I?
Come on, Frank, clearly I was Demi Lovato
rocking my signature gold bangles!
OK, fine, maybe I didn't pull off that style
but here's my top five pop looks that rocked my world.
# I don't want to go to school
# I just want to break the rules... #
In fifth place is Charli XCX
for her rebellious '90s throwback fashion.
# Tonight we'll live forever... #
At number four is Union J
with their cool, laid-back leather look.
# We're gonna live for
# We're gonna live for these days... #
In third place is Take That
with some sophisticated, dapper style.
# To the left, to the left
# Everything you own in the box to the left
At number two is Beyonce,
who, let's face it, always looks 100% increds.
# Everything is changing
# And I've been here for too long... #
And I'm awarding the top spot for style to Paloma Faith
for her uber-quirky, outrageous style.
I mean, how could she not come in at number one with those hats?
# Everything is changing
# And I know, yeah. #
As well as cool fashion style,
our pop stars also have pretty awesome vacay style.
So it got me thinking, I should get my travel agent on
and come up with the perfect Pop Slam! holiday.
When you are on a "Pop Slam!" holiday,
you'll want to be eating somewhere super swanky, like this place.
Labrinth has style, right?
But he also has taste.
Here's a bit of a scoop.
This supercool restaurant right here, called Mosaica,
is actually one of Labrinth's favourite places to eat.
In fact, he loves it so much, that he actually bought it.
It's just how he rolls!
# I want you to know that it's our time... #
After-dinner, you will defo want to do some off the hook activities,
like going quad biking with Selena Gomez.
Here she is tearing it up back at home in Texas.
# You look so perfect standing there
# In my American Apparel underwear
# And I know now... #
And let's face facts,
you will probably want a little holiday romance,
like being taken on the perfect date
by Luke from 5SOS.
Luke's idea of a perfect date
would be hanging out at his favourite Sydney beach.
Probably playing some footie!
Having a romantic walk and telling jokes along the beach.
Building sand castles!
And going to Luke's fave ice cream spot
for a tub of the good stuff.
Soz, Luke, the Lobo doesn't share.
# Bring the beat in... #
And for a proper "Pop Slam!" holiday,
you will absolutely want to go on a showbiz yacht,
which is exactly what Beyonce does.
So I got my old mate Danny to show me around
the type of cruiser Queen B takes out when she's on vacay.
Impress me, what's this thing got?
We have a Jacuzzi right here.
We have beautiful sun pads over there, a beautiful lounge area...
Whoa, whoa, whoa! I'm still taking in the Jacuzzi!
You just said you had a Jacuzzi on your boat.
I don't even have one in my home!
# Now everybody asks me
# Why I'm smiling out from ear to ear... #
-Right, so this is the living room of the boat.
This is like I'm in a house.
No, scratch that, this is bigger than my house.
Oh, no way, is that your lounge?
Yeah, this is a nice lounge area
where you can also spend time with your friends
and just have a nice talk, hang out
and watch some TV
and watch the beautiful views outside of the yacht.
# Come on, baby, it's you... #
Would you like to see our master bedroom?
I mean, I just assumed everyone slept out here
but if there is more, I am up for it. Race you there.
I don't know where I am going! You go!
# You put my love on top... #
Oh, yeah, this is so B. You know what?
I could actually see her here on a Sunday morning,
just lounging and being like,
"Jay, Jay, get me my green smoothie! Jay!
"Jay, I love you!"
# Got my love on top
# Baby, it's you... #
Well, Danny, this has been fun.
I've soaked in all this information like a sponge.
Where are the keys? Cos this girl is ready to sail.
I think I have a more appropriate vessel for you.
A little different one.
-Oh! Which way? Which way?
# Baby, you're the one that I love... #
Is it that one?
-No, it's actually not.
-Is that one?
-No, it's not.
-Which one is it?
Your vessel waits for you right here.
You shouldn't have.
Captain, we are ready to sail!
You're coming with me.
# You put my love on top. #
Hanging out on a supercool yacht was awesome
but the dream had to end.
And with it, so does Round Three.
We've reached the end of the ultimate "Pop Slam!"
and it has been so much fun looking back at all the good bits.
OK, ssh, it's time to get serious.
Oh, our stars are on tenterhooks
waiting to hear who has won the Mega Ambo.
This "Pop Slam!" has been epic.
We've seen how hard our pop stars have worked to get
to where they are today,
how much talent they have
and how they've got some of the best style on the actual planet.
But who will be crowned the ultimate pop star?
It's really anyone's game.
Ladies and gentlemen,
it's the moment we've all been waiting for.
And the winner of the Mega Ambo is...
Oh, it's Beyonce! Beyonce, where are you?
Sorry, Calum! Excuse me, Charlie.
Have you guys... B, you must be so excited.
Girls, clear the room. How are you feeling?
You know what, save your voice. Let's just see you in action.
# Got me looking so crazy right now
# Your love's got me looking so crazy... #
Well played, Queen B, your Royal Popness.
You truly deserve the Mega Ambo.
Oh, come here. Is that...?
Labyrinth, I'm a big...
Don't touch me.
OK, let's just get everyone back
so we can have a big party and celebrate.
# Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh, no-no
# Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh, no-no
# Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh, no-no
# Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh, no-no. #
Amberley Lobo looks back at the past nine Pop Slams, and reveals her best moments from the series, including some unseen treats. There were 18 pop acts, but only one can be crowned the ultimate Pop Slam champion and awarded the Mega Ambo!