David Essex Showcase
BBC1, 3 July to 21 August 1982 (8 episodes)
Mr. Jap's musical career never quite took off (despite the assistance of big name producers Trevor Horn, Colin Thurston and Tony Mansfield), but other contestants went on to greater fame. Mari Wilson took the runner-up slot, which was just what she always wanted, and other entrants included Thomas Dolby, Chris Barrie, Richard Digance, Jigsaw's Adrian Hedley, and Amazulu.
Broadcast live from the then-new Harrogate (International) Centre.