Pop Idol star Korben Niblett is unrecognisable 20 years after the show as he ditches fame for beauty job

Pop Idol star Korben Niblett is unrecognisable 20 years after the show as he ditches fame for beauty job

KORBEN Niblett was among a host of wannabes looking for fame when he took part in Pop Idol way back in 2002.

Now 20 years later Korben – real name Chris – is unrecognisable after ditching his quest for stardom for a job in the beauty industry.


Before appearing on the talent show, Korben took part in the 1998 Mr Gay UK contest – and came third.

On Pop Idol Korben did his best to wow judges with his singing skills and was initially tipped to go far in the competition.

But the performer was voted out in the first week of live shows.

Those on the show included Gareth Gates, Darius Danesh, Zoe Birkett and winner Will Young.

Korben's attempts after the competition to secure a pop career soon ended after he failed to land a record deal.

Turning his back on singing, Korben began carving out a career for himself in the beauty industry.

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His roles included positions with Jemma Kidd Make Up, Clarins and Christian Dior.

Then from 2014, he was appointed regional educational manager for Estée Lauder Travel Retail and in 2018 director of education and content development for retail engagement at the world class beauty brand was added to his CV.

The job shows the former Pop Idol star travelling the world with the company.

Pictures and videos on his social media profile see him out and about in New York – where he appears to have made his home – plus time in California, Barcelona and visits to London.


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