Nicki Chapman rose to fame as a judge on the ITV television series Popstars and Pop Idol, together with Nigel Lythgoe and Paul Adam (on Popstars), Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman and Dr Fox (on Pop Idol). Pop Idol was the top rated TV show in the UK for 2001 and 2003 making Nicki Chapman a household name.
Nicki Chapman currently works as a presenter and has fronted a number of lifestyle and current affairs programmes for the BBC and ITV including Holiday (BBC 1), BBC Breakfast News, Holidays at Home (BBC 1), The Morning Show (BBC 1), Sunday Style (BBC 2), RHS Chelsea Flower Show (BBC 1), Castle In The Country (BBC 2), Escape To The Sun (BBC 1), City Hospital (BBC 1), Holiday Ten Best (BBC 1) and others. She presented a series for Sky 1 called Made In LA which investigated behind the scenes of the rich and famous.
In 2006, Nicki Chapman was one of twelve celebrities in the BBC’s Sport Relief showjumping programme Only Fools on Horses. Despite being a novice, and suffering a shoulder injury as a result of falling from her horse during one of the live broadcasts, she came second, voted by the public.
In May 2007 Nicki Chapman co-hosted the live ITV1 celebrity cookery show, Soapstar Superchef (the spin off of Soapstar Superstar).
In October 2008, Nicki Chapman joined her fellow ex-Pop Idol judges Pete Waterman and Neil Fox on Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got The Pop Factor … And Possibly A New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly On Ice, a spoof on the talent show genre of programmes. In 2009, Nicki Chapman appeared as a judge in Disney Channel’s Hannah-Oke along with Disney’s Brad Kavanagh and Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner.
In 2011, as well as filming another series of Escape to the Country and Wanted Down Under, she was heard on BBC Radio 2 sitting in for Vanessa Feltz on the Early Breakfast Show. She also deputised for Janice Long in 2012 and Anneka Rice in 2013. In November, Chapman hosted The Imperial Dream by the Spanish Riding School of Vienna at the Wembley Arena.
In January 2012, Chapman appeared on The Talent Show Story, a documentary for ITV about various entertainment and talent shows. She spoke about her time on Pop Idol and Popstars, as well as working with Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Cowell. The show featured interviews from various talent show judges and stars including Kelly Rowland, Dannii Minogue, Amanda Holden, Piers Morgan, Lenny Henry and Les Dennis as well as her former co-judges Pete Waterman and Neil Fox.