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Hit Me Baby One More Time was a 2005 reality show first aired by ITV on British television and later, as a new version, by NBC in the United States; both were presented by Vernon Kay. During each programme, five former pop stars sing their biggest hit along with a cover version of a contemporary hit. Each week one winner is picked from each show by a phone vote (in the British version) or a studio-audience vote (in the American version), leading to the grand final when the overall winner can release a single featuring both songs (in the British version) or have $20,000 donated to a charity of their choice (in the American version). The show's title comes from a line in the Britney Spears song "...Baby One More Time". The show proved to be a summer hit for NBC hitting the top spot in the ratings on its first outing. For the U.S. version, some critics argued that the show's objective wasn't entirely accurate since a few of the bands shown were performing without their original lineup (such as Animotion and A Flock of Seagulls), thereby seemingly reducing these performers to cover versions of themselves.
The final was won by Shakin' Stevens. A single was released with both "This Ole House" and a cover of "Trouble" by P!nk, which got to number twenty in the UK Singles Chart in June 2005.
The American version of the show began taping on June 1, 2005 to air the following night, June 2, on the NBC network. Winners were chosen by the studio audience and got a donation in their name to a charity of their choice.
1 -- Denotes artist who also appeared on the British version.