- Aspects of Love
- Bombay Dreams
- By Jeeves
- Jesus Christ Superstar
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Love Never Dies
- Song and Dance
- Starlight Express
- Stephen ward
- Sunset Boulevard
- Tell Me on a Sunday
- The Beautiful Game
- The Likes of Us
- The Phantom of the Opera
- The Sound of Music
The Wizard of Oz
- Danielle Wade wins CBC’s Over The Rainbow
- Wizard of Oz nominated in 2012 Olivier Awards
- There’s NOSE place like home
- Royal Variety Performance broadcast
- Andrew Lloyd Webber to greet the Royal Party at this year’s Royal Variety Performance
- Over The Rainbow…Where Are They Now?
- We’re off to see the Wizard – and it’s Michael Crawford!
- Andrew visits Cardiff for a special announcement about Sophie Evans
- Oz Blog: The winner is revealed
- The last Dorothy mission….
- Oz Blog: The Final Countdown
- Danielle you are Dorothy… and here comes Dangerous Dave as Toto!
- Danielle, Lauren and Sophie have a go at Polo!
- The winning Dorothy to release charity single
- Sierra meets the Dorothys!
- Oz: Blog: Andrew makes his final choice and the final three are revealed
- Oz Blog: The Fantastic Four
- Andrew meets Bobby…
- Oz Blog: The second sing-off
- Oz Blog: A Dorothy Cull…
- We’re off to see The Wizard of Oz!
- From Nancy to Dorothy: A message from Sam and Niamh
- Oz Blog: An Emotional Goodbye
- Oz Blog: An audience with the Lord
- Andrew and the Dorothys get ready for their close up…
- An Over the Rainbow update from Andrew
- Andrew gets ready for next week’s Over The Rainbow
- It’s Toto time for Andrew…
- Oz Blog: Standing ovations as we say another goodbye
- Oz Blog: A chorus of Angels…
- Oz Blog: Another sad goodbye…
- Behind the scenes at Over The Rainbow
- Oz Blog: Making a Song and Dance
- Oz Blog: It’s goodbye to another of our Dorothies…
- Oz Blog: A Class Act
- Oz Blog: The first Dorothy flies over the rainbow
- Oz Blog: The first live show… and the public get to choose
- Oz Blog: 20 become 10…
- Oz Blog: Over The Rainbow kicks off with weekend special
- BBC ONE Follows the Yellow Brick Road, Over the Rainbow
- Andrew in Manchester
- Andrew begins his search for Dorothy
- Could you be Dorothy?
- The Woman in White
- Whistle Down the Wind
12th, April, 2010
Oz Blog: A Class Act
It was an emotional weekend in the Land of Oz as Andrew’s would-be-Dorothys were given some acting tips from panellist Sheila Hancock before we said our goodbyes to another one of the girls in Sunday’s results show.
But it began with a burst of cheer on Saturday as the final ten greeted us once again with ‘The Merry Old Land of Oz’. In the studio audience, the girls’ family and friends went wild as each girl was introduced, waving their signs and wearing their customised t-shirts with pride. During a break in filming presenter Graham Norton was particularly impressed by the quilt-like sign being waved by Jessica’s family…
Then, with jets of green flame, (Graham warned those sitting at the front that the flames were hot and they really were – even from a few rows back) it was hello to the panel: Sheila, John Partridge and Charlotte Church and, of course, the Lord himself, Andrew Lloyd Webber, who told us why he’d asked Sheila to share some acting tips with the girls. “We’re looking for someone who can act not only for TV, but of course in a large theatre – and Sheila’s done both.” Currently starring in Sister Act at the London Palladium, Sheila’s experience in performing to a live West End audience is one the girls all hope to replicate.
More sign-waving as Sophie and Jessica became the first two girls to perform for the panel. Despite a routine that included two backing dancers and some very high heels, Sheila was disappointed with Sophie’s performance of Shania Twain’s ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’, saying she could have had more fun with it. Jessica’s rendition of Christina Aguilera’s ‘The Voice Within’ also got some mixed comments – John felt it had “no truth and no honesty” – but Charlotte Church disagreed, saying she enjoyed both Jessica and Sophie’s performances. Bronte and Dani were next to take a walk down those increasingly infamous stairs.
Bronte sang KT Tunstall’s ‘Suddenly I See’ while Dani performed Michael Buble’s ‘Home.’ There was more disagreement among the panel as John told Bronte she had had her ‘revelation’ too early in the performance, which meant that the performance had nothing to build on, while Charlotte again challenged John by saying she had actually seen Bronte feel this revelation all the way through. John responded by raising his fists to Charlotte and asking her to “Put ‘em up,” to laughs from the studio audience. However the panellists were in agreement regarding Dani, with Sheila praising her “beautiful” performance which Charlotte also thought was “brilliant.”
Steph was next up, along with Edinburgh lass Jenny. In the front row, both sets of family and friends went wild. Steph’s take on ‘It’s Oh So Quiet,’ made famous by Icelandic singer Björk and performed with two backing-dancers, was a “fearless performance,” according to Charlotte. For John it was “fantastic” and “brave enough,” while Andrew was pleased to see a different side to Steph.
Jenny’s version of Eva Cassidy’s ‘Songbird’ again demonstrated something different, with John enjoying seeing a “softer side” to her. Charlotte and Andrew both praised Jenny’s delivery, with Andrew saying her “pitching was immaculate.”
Danielle and Lauren were next. Danielle’s version of Amy Studt’s ‘Just A Little Girl’ was, for John, her “best performance to date.” Sheila praised her as “a really good actress,” and the Lord himself said she was “fantastic… a really strong contender.”
Lauren’s delivery of “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,” originally from musical Promises, Promises, was also praised by the panel: for Sheila it was “witty, charming and light.” Charlotte thought it was fantastic, although she warned Lauren to be careful not to allow self-confidence to come across as arrogance.
The final two girls to perform were Emilie, who sang Alesha Dixon’s ‘The Boy Does Nothing,’ and Stephanie, who performed ‘Smile,’ composed by Charlie Chaplin. For John, Emilie’s performance with her two backing dancers put her back in the competition, although Sheila felt she could have had more fun with the choreography. Stephanie’s was “the performance of the night” for Charlotte, and Andrew also praised her for singing the song “beautifully.”
So, with all ten girls having performed, it was time to open the phone lines. A quick word from Andrew first: “We need to remember… we’re casting Dorothy here, not Girls Aloud.”
On that note, the girls set out to prove their leading lady credentials with a performance from the musical Hairspray – ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’ – as voting commenced.
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