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Anderson wins It Takes Two title

All Saints actress Jolene Anderson has proven a popular winner of the Seven Network's It Takes Two singing contest.

Anderson, who plays nurse Erica Templeton on the medical drama which follows It Takes Two each week, has been a favourite with judges, bookies and fans throughout the competition, which is in its second series.

She defeated Melbourne radio personality Jo Stanley in the It Takes Two grand final tonight.

The clear winners on the scorecards were Anderson and her professional singing partner David Campbell on 115 points ahead of Stanley and her mentor Anthony Callea on 105 points.

In an added challenge for the duo, Campbell has completed the final weeks of the series working on new tracks with Anderson for the show while starring in the Sydney production of the Stephen Sondheim musical, Company.

Anderson and Campbell scored their third perfect score, and almost a fourth, during tonight's finale for their rousing renditions of Gloria Gaynor's Never Can Say Goodbye and Dionne Warwick's That's What Friends Are For.

During the series, promoter Amanda Pellman expressed genuine interest in seeing Anderson combining her acting and newfound singing talent on stage.

There's been speculation of a recording contract coming her way, and tonight Anderson joked that she and Campbell had recorded their first film clip.

What she did confirm, however, was that the pair would perform a song for the Myer charity album Spirit of Christmas later in the year.

"She can frock it up and sing pretty ... but what really comes through is she's a regular country girl who's giving it a shot," said Campbell.

What really mattered for the finalists was the votes they got from the show's viewers, which accounted for half of the contestants' scores.

The viewers also gave the nod to Anderson.

Stanley was a proud contestant in the final, but few gave her a chance of winning.

"I can't believe how kind and generous people are just so I can continue my fantasy," Stanley said of her journey through the show.

But the night belonged to Anderson.

As the girl from Kempsey in country NSW thanked every man and their dog for their support on the show she turned to her new mate Campbell, "and you, oh my God, you're sensational".

He hit back with an emphatic, "you're sensational, you're the winner".

July 11, 2007
The Age