Over The Rainbow

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Sophie Evans, runner-up in BBC’s Over The Rainbow reality series will take the understudy position under series winner Danielle Hope. The pair battled it out in the finale of the Andrew Lloyd Webber show earlier in the year and will debut on the West End in March 2011.

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She may have missed out on the role of Dorothy in Over the Rainbow, but Stephanie Davis is still a winner.

The 17-year-old has landed herself a role in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks after impressing on Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s BBC One show.

Davis will take up the role of Sinead on the soap, a 15-year-old in a new family called the O’Connors. She will be joined by former Brookside actress Alex Fletcher as her step-mum Diane.

Fletcher is excited about the prospect of joining Davis on set.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Gary, Stephanie and Connor.

“We’ve already connected as a family and my real daughter was a huge fan of Over the Rainbow so she’ll be delighted when I tell her that Stephanie is playing my daughter in Hollyoaks!”

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Last night’s grand finale of Over The Rainbow on BBC One saw Danielle triumph in the public vote and win the role of Dorothy in the new West End production of The Wizard of Oz. One-year-old Mini Schnauzer Dave pawed the coveted Toto role.

Immediately after landing the role Danielle said: “I really don’t think that thank you is enough, to the crew, everyone backstage, the panel, Andrew, the amazing public, everyone who comes here every week supporting us and the people at home. It really feels like it’s not enough but thanks to the girls, friends for life!”

Legendary composer and producer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, had, for the first time in the series, no say in the choosing of his new leading lady as viewers voted to select their Dorothy. He was thrilled with the public’s choice saying: “I’m really pleased with the result, the nation has never got it wrong and now is where the hard work begins. You acted that part from your very soul, that’s very very special.”

Over the course of a tense and dramatic evening, Danielle performed alongside fellow finalists Lauren and Sophie, who all set out to prove to the public that they had the voice and acting ability to become a West End leading lady.

After an opening performance of the Wizard Of Oz Medley, each finalist performed a solo and a trio performance with the Scarecrow, the Lion and the Tin Man. The eight Dorothys no longer in the competition also performed Empire State Of Mind by Alicia Keys.

After performing their songs and receiving the usual round of feedback from Andrew Lloyd Webber and the expert panel of Sheila Hancock, Charlotte Church and John Partridge, the Dorothys faced an anxious wait to find out who was in third place.

At the end of the first live show, Lauren Samuels received the fewest votes, meaning she would not be Dorothy.

On hearing the announcement Lauren said: “I’ve learned so much about myself as a performer and as a person. I’ve made some incredible friends, friends for life. I just want to say a massive thank you to Andrew, the panel and to all the backstage crew, hair, make up, everybody. It’s just been fantastic.”

Andrew commented: “I’d be proud to work with you – you know my number and I know yours, so we’ll be in touch!”

In the second live show of the evening, the two remaining finalists – Sophie Evans and Danielle Hope – both performed Over The Rainbow, as well as their favourite songs of the series – Reflection by Christina Aguilera for Sophie and Mambo Italiano by Rosemary Clooney for Danielle.

It was then time for Graham to announce that Danielle had won the competition and would be taking the lead role in the Wizard Of Oz, leaving Sophie in second place.

Sophie said after the show: “I’m just feeling that ther’’s a future out there for me, Dorothy obviously wasn’t the role for me and I wish Danielle the absolute best of luck in the world. It’s been the best opportunity, the best training and I wouldn’t change it for the world, we are all friends for life, this isn’t the end!”

As well as announcing our winning Dorothy, it was also revealed that Dangerous Dave had won the role of Toto and would be playing him in a one-off gala performance.

Rachel Owen, Dave’s owner, commented on the win: “I am over the moon and so glad he has won. He really deserves it as he is such a little doggie superstar! He’s so laid back, that things don’t tend to get to him, but who knows, if he starts getting a few fans, it may go to his head and he might develop a certain strut to his walk! I think he’ll be very popular on his daily walks.”

Dave added: “Woof”.

Danielle Hope has taken out the Over The Rainbow title after beating Sophie Evans in the finale.

The 18-year-old will play Dorothy in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s upcoming West End production of The Wizard of Oz after edging finalist Sophie Evans in the finale episode of the BBC One show.

After weeks of competition, Hope defeated 10 other hopefuls to take the coveted spot in the production, impressing the judges along the way.

Both finalists were praised for their renditions of ‘Over The Rainbow’ in the finale, as well as Hope’s ‘Mambo Italiano’ and Evan’s ‘Reflection’ but ultimately Hope proved more popular for those voting at home.

“I really, really don’t think a thank you is enough,” Hope said after her win, “For the amazing public and everyone who comes to support us every week and the girls. Thank you and it comes from [the heart] and we all [thank you] for this amazing opportunity.”

Lord Webber commented: “We all are. The nation hasn’t got it wrong yet. My goodness me, you can act from the soul, and that’s very, very special.”

Joining Hope in the 2011 production will be the winner of the search for Toto, Dangerous Dave. The miniature schnauzer was selected from the finalists to play the role of Dorothy’s beloved pet.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber puts his trust in viewers as the quest to find a new Dorothy reaches a climax and the public decides on a new star for the West End stage.

As the Over The Rainbow finale approaches, bookmakers have installed Danielle Hope as the favourite to take out the competition.

The 17-year-old is the odds-on favourite to win the role of Dorothy in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End production of The Wizard of Oz.

Hope stands with odds of 8/11 at William Hill to win while fellow competitors Sophie Evans and Lauren Samuels are 15/8 and 4/1 respectively.

The Manchester native has impressed the judging panel throughout the length of the reality show and recently came close to reducing Lord Webber to tears during a performance.

Over The Rainbow concludes this Saturday on BBC One at 7pm, with the winner announced on the results show at 8.55pm. The wining Dorothy will be joined by the winning Toto on the show.

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Steph Fearon’s West End dream is over as she becomes the eighth contestant to be eliminated from BBC One’s Over The Rainbow.

In yesterday’s live show, all four remaining Dorothy finalists performed solo renditions of pop songs to show viewers that they have the singing skill and sheer charisma to carry one of the most challenging roles in musical theatre. After a public vote during the live Saturday night show, Lauren and Steph were revealed to be the least popular Dorothys and Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to save Lauren, so Steph became the eighth Dorothy to leave the competition.

After performing their songs and receiving feedback from Andrew Lloyd Webber and the expert panel of Sheila Hancock, Charlotte Church and John Partridge, the Dorothys faced a nervous wait for viewers to cast their votes.

On Steph’s performance John said: “I’ve always said I’m looking for a triple threat, and of all the girls left you are definitely that girl. You came to your first audition with a flower on your face for luck. It takes more than luck to make it in this industry, it takes talent and a break. You’ve got the talent and I hope that the public give you a break.”

Charlotte said: “Outstanding vocal performance… it was a man’s song and a classic – so hard to bring something new to it. I love the colour of your voice in the lower register, it could be great for Dorothy.”

Sheila added: “Great – as far as the lyrics go, I don’t know what it all means, but you made it sound like something.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “You did very well with a difficult song, a pop song. I would have played it a bit more innocently as that’s what we are looking for with Dorothy.”

Before announcing who was in the bottom two, Graham asked each panel member who “wasn’t Dorothy”. The panel were united in their decision, all three saying “Steph.”

Steph and Lauren gained the least amount of public votes, and had to sing a rendition of Another Suitcase In Another Hall from Evita. Then it was up to Andrew Lloyd Webber alone to choose which Dorothy should be saved for another performance.

Andrew said: “I’m glad it’s the last time I have to make this decision. I know you all so well now, it’s like family. I feel dreadful that I have to take a decision on who is best for Dorothy. I’m going to save Lauren.”

On hearing the announcement, Steph said: “I had the best time of my life. I’ve made friends for life. I’ve learnt so much. Thanks to everyone backstage – you’re all amazing. I’ve had the time of my life.”

Now left in the running for the role of Dorothy are: Lauren Samuels, Danielle Hope and Sophie Evans. The three remaining hopefuls will go on to next week’s final, when the nation alone will decide who will be Dorothy.

Steph Fearon has been voted off BBC reality show Over The Rainbow.

The 21-year-old became the eighth contestant to be eliminated from Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz talent quest after placing in the bottom two.

She was joined by Lauren Samuels in receiving the fewest public votes and therefore the pair were forced to face-off with a rendition of Another Suitcase in Another Hall from Evita in order to see who stays.

“I’m glad it’s the last time I have to make this decision,” Lord Webber said during the elimination, “I know you all so well now, it’s like family. I feel dreadful that I have to take a decision on who is best for Dorothy. I’m going to save Lauren.”

After the decision had been made Steph commented: “I had the best time of my life. I’ve made friends for life. I’ve learnt so much. Thanks to everyone backstage – you’re all amazing. I’ve had the time of my life.”

Only three potential Dorothy’s remain in Danielle Hope, Lauren Samuels and Sophie Evans when Over The Rainbow: The Final screens next week on BBC One.

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Jenny Douglas and Jessica Robinson’s West End dreams are over as they become the sixth and seventh contestants to be eliminated from BBC One’s Over The Rainbow, in a double-elimination special across Saturday and Sunday night.

In yesterday’s live show, all six remaining Dorothy finalists performed solo renditions of musical theatre songs to show viewers that they have the singing skill and sheer charisma to carry one of the most challenging roles in musical theatre. Panellist Charlotte Church also gave her first solo performance in four years, performing an exclusive preview of the track The Actors, from the album she is currently recording.

After a public vote during the live Saturday night show, Jenny and Lauren were revealed to be the least popular Dorothys and Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to save Lauren, following the first sing-off of the weekend. So Jenny became the sixth Dorothy to leave the competition.

After performing their songs and receiving feedback from Andrew Lloyd Webber and the expert panel of Sheila Hancock, Charlotte Church and John Partridge, the Dorothys faced a nervous wait for viewers to cast their votes.

On Jenny’s performance John said: “When you perform an up-tempo number, I love it. With slower songs, however, your emotion becomes a bit half-baked. Did it move me or touch me? No.”

Charlotte disagreed with John, saying: “I disagree – there were moments of magic in it. Your voice sounded very ‘classic’ in places.”

Sheila added: “That is a very difficult song, normally sung by an older actor. It should have much more humour in it, but you went for sad and stuck with that all the way through. It needed more colour.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “You actually did better than I thought you might, as that is a song about an older woman. Sondheim nearly called it ‘send in the fools’ as the woman is really a fool for falling in love. A really tough song for girl as young as you.”

Before announcing who was in the bottom two, Graham Norton asked each panel member who wasn’t Dorothy.

John said: “Sophie”. Charlotte said: “Jenny” and Sheila said: “Sophie”.

Jenny and Lauren gained the least amount of public votes, and had to sing a rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Then it was up to Andrew Lloyd Webber alone to choose which Dorothy should be saved for another performance. Andrew said: “Lauren”.

On hearing the announcement, Jenny said, “It’s really tough to go. Toughest thing is leaving my girlies – we’ve been on such an amazing journey together. We’re definitely going to keep in touch. It’s been brilliant. My life has just changed so much – I never thought in a million years Id be here today. Thank you all to everyone who has kept me in the competition for this long.”

The remaining five hopefuls – Lauren Samuels, Danielle Hope, Jessica Robinson, Steph Fearon, and Sophie Evans – then went on to perform a Wizard Of Oz medley, before the close of the show, to keep their dream of becoming Dorothy alive.

In last night’s (Sunday) show, the result of the public vote for the final five Dorothys was announced. Jessica and Danielle were revealed to be the least popular two, and they then performed a sing-off – Take That Look Off Your Face from Tell Me On A Sunday.

Ahead of the sing-off, Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “You’re both terrific – it is going to be the most dreadful dilemma” and, following their performance, he decided to save Danielle.

He commented: “You are really, really terrific girls – we ask the public to think about everything you’ve done so far… there’s no question you will go on to other things, but I am thinking about the role of Dorothy here, so I am going save Danielle. I say this with the heaviest heart in the entire world, Jessica you are so wonderful and quirky – you’re a real star in the making”. So Jessica became the fifth Dorothy to leave the competition.

On hearing the announcement, Jessica said, “I’ve had the best experience of my life so far. I’ve got the opportunity to go and train in September, and that’s what I’m going to do. This has changed my life, it’s changed my life as a performer and as a person. Im stronger than ever. I’ve loved it, and these girls… well, I can’t wait to go and see one of them on stage.”

In next week’s semi-final, the remaining Dorothys (Steph, Lauren, Danielle and Sophie) perform once again for the nation to decide who should be Dorothy in the new West End production of Wizard Of Oz.

 

Jessica Robinson’s dream of becoming the next Dorothy at the West End has come to an end.

The 18-year-old contestant of Over The Rainbow has been eliminated from the show after she found herself in the bottom two.

Jessica joined Danielle Hope with the least amount of public votes and the pair were forced to battle it out with renditions of Take That Look Off Your Face from Tell Me One A Sunday.

Andrew Lloyd Webber chose to save Danielle but commented on the talent that was leaving the show: “I say this with the heaviest heart in the entire world, Jessica you are so wonderful and quirky, you’re a real star in the making.”

Jessica spoke to Graham Norton following her elimination: “I’ve had the best experience

of my life so far. I’ve got the opportunity to go and train in September, and that’s what I’m going to do.

“This has changed my life, it’s changed my life as a performer and as a person, I’m stronger than ever. I’ve loved it, and these girls. Well I can’t wait to go and see one of them on stage.”

Jessica was the second contestant eliminated from the BBC One show this week with Jenny Douglas from Edinburgh leaving earlier on Saturday.

After placing in the bottom two with Lauren Samuels, her rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel failed to impress the judges enough to keep her in the running.

The four remaining contestants still vying for the coveted Dorothy gig are Steph Fearon, Danielle Hope, Lauren Samuels and Sophie Evans.

Over The Rainbow continues next Saturday on BBC One at 7.10pm.

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