The five hopefuls who fell at the final hurdle will not be allowed to release any material in the same week as the five winners, under the terms of their contract with programme-makers LWT...

The rejects from 'POPSTARS' have been banned from releasing singles in the same week as the winners, according to reports in the press this morning.

The five winners - Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw, Kym Marsh, Danny Foster and Noel Sullivan - are set to release their debut single next month.

But record producers who want to sign the five other contenders who were not chosen for the final five have been blocked from releasing any material until after the winners' single is out, under terms of their contract with LWT, who made the show.

According to the Daily Record, tour manager for the as-yet-untitled winning group Martin Wright said: "The Popstars rejects are under contract with LWT until March, so they will only be released to a record label if they agree not to bring out records at the same time as the winners."

The former manager of 911, Steve Gilmour, is reportedly in talks with TV bosses to sign up the remaining five and plans to release a single.

Meanwhile, NME.COM's Popstars minisite continues to bring updates and all the goss and the chance for YOU, NME.COM readers, to give the hopefuls the grilling of their lives by putting your questions to them exclusively through NMEPOP.COM. Check out the minisite by clicking here - and look out for some very exciting news and exclusives on Popstars coming soon...

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