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Genre  Reality
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of series  1
First episode date  26 March 2010
Presented by  Graham Norton
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Directed by  Simon Staffurth
Original language(s)  English
No. of episodes  18
Final episode date  22 May 2010
Networks  BBC One, BBC HD
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Cast  Stephanie Davis, Graham Norton
Judges  Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charlotte Church, John Partridge, Sheila Hancock
Similar  I'd Do Anything, How Do You Solve a Proble, Any Dream Will Do, Let's Sing and Dance, John Bishop's Britain

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Over the Rainbow was a British television talent series that aired on BBC One from 26 March to 22 May 2010. It documented the search for a new, undiscovered musical theatre performer to play the role of Dorothy Gale in Andrew Lloyd Webber's 2011 stage production of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and a dog to play Toto for a one-off performance. Produced by Talkback Thames for the BBC, the series was presented by Graham Norton. It followed previous collaborations between the BBC and Lloyd Webber to find new musical theatre performers: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I'd Do Anything. The series was named after the song "Over the Rainbow" and was also aired by TV3 in Ireland.

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Following a public telephone vote, 18-year-old Danielle Hope was crowned the winner of the series and was chosen to play Dorothy. Miniature Schnauzer Dangerous Dave was chosen to play Toto.

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A Canadian version of the show aired on CBC Television in the autumn of 2012.

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Creation

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Following the end of I'd Do Anything in 2008, Lloyd Webber announced he would not work on another talent show in 2009, so that he could work on the musical Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, but that he would, however, return in 2010 to find a performer to play Dorothy Gale for a production of The Wizard of Oz. In July 2009, it was reported that the 2010 series had been dropped and would not take place until at least 2011, so that Lloyd Webber would not be criticised for promoting Love Never Dies, and that the series would be taken to commercial broadcaster ITV. Lloyd Webber later said that it was a scheduling clash solved by moving the series to later in the year.

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The BBC announced the commission of the series in September 2009 with the title The Wizard of Oz; it would search for a performer, cast by the public, to play Dorothy and a dog to play Toto. Following the announcement, Lloyd Webber told The Daily Telegraph:

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A big sticking point for me, this was. This is what the BBC wanted and I had to point out to them that as a cat man, this was not something that I was very happy about at all. The whole thing fills me with extreme concern. I might insist on having a cat on the programme, because I think the BBC as a public service broadcaster have got to give equal time in my view to cats.

At the show's Glasgow auditions, he spoke to The Scottish Sun about comparisons with past series, saying:

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This is the most difficult show I've had to cast. Joseph, Oliver and Maria all come from established theatre productions which are huge hits. The Wizard of Oz has been done before, but it's never worked properly because they've tried to recreate the movie too closely. I'm essentially writing a whole new musical with some of the greatest songs ever written and composing completely new music for it.

Judges

A panel of judges assessed the contestants during the series. They were:

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  • Andrew Lloyd Webber – musical theatre composer and producer, co-producer of the new stage production
  • Charlotte Church – singer
  • John Partridge – musical theatre performer and EastEnders actor
  • Sheila Hancock – television and stage actress
  • The Daily Mail reported in February 2009 that Lloyd Webber had asked Liza Minnelli, daughter of Judy Garland, to be one of the judges. The Daily Mail also reported that, following the announcement of the judging panel, Denise van Outen, a judge during previous series, had been dropped due to her pregnancy, however this was denied by the BBC. John Barrowman, also a judge for previous series, wanted to judge on the series and he says the BBC wanted him to do it. However, he was already planning to star in American series Desperate Housewives when Talkback Thames asked him, and he turned down the offer.

    Auditions

    Applications for the series were solicited in November 2009 and auditions took place in Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and London from January 2010. Speaking to The Scottish Sun at the Glasgow auditions, Lloyd Webber said: "I don't want to go for a Dorothy who's all peaches and cream. Anyone like Avril Lavigne or a bit like Amy Winehouse or something along those lines would be great."

    110 auditionees were invited to the callbacks at the Hackney Empire in London, where they performed in front of Hancock, Partridge and casting director David Grindrod. The group was then narrowed down to 50, and later increased to 54 when four eliminated contestants (including Jessica Robinson and Stephanie Fearon) were brought back into the competition. The final 54 were invited to attend 'Dorothy Farm', where they received vocal, choreography and acting classes before performing in front of Church, Partridge and Hancock. The panel then selected 20 girls to move on to the final round of auditions.

    The top 20 performed in front of Lloyd Webber and the panel in a live show for a place in the final 10. The panel selected the final 10, with the public selecting one of the 10 contestants not chosen by the panel (Emilie Fleming) as the wildcard and eleventh finalist.

    Live finals

    The final eleven contestants competed in the live studio finals each Saturday from 3 April, with the results being announced in a pre-recorded results show on Sunday. Each week the contestants performed, receiving comments from the judges following their performance. The public would then get the chance to vote for their favourite Dorothy, and the two Dorothys with the fewest votes performed in a sing-off in front of Lloyd Webber during the results show. He would then decide which potential Dorothy to keep in the contest. To end the programme, the surviving Dorothys sang "We Thank You Very Sweetly", a verse from "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead", while the leaving Dorothy handed her shoes to the saved Dorothy, who gave them to Lloyd Webber. The eliminated Dorothy would then lead a performance of "Over the Rainbow" whilst carried on a crescent moon across the stage.

    The live shows took place in the Fountain Studios in London. Profits from viewer votes went to the BBC Performing Arts Fund.

    Toto

    The series searched for a dog to play Toto for a one-off performance. The search was led by Jodie Prenger, winner of I'd Do Anything, along with dog trainer Gerry Cott and animal behaviour expert Sarah Fisher. The final 5 dogs were revealed on Sunday, 25 April.

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    Contestants

    Twenty contestants made it through the first audition rounds and performed in the first live show. Ten of them were selected as finalists by the judging panel, while Emilie Fleming was selected as the wildcard and eleventh contestant following the public vote after the final audition round. Each finalist wore a unique coloured dress and Silver slippers with bows on them which matched the dress. At the end of every live show, the losing Dorothy would have her shoes stripped by the Dorothy who survived the sing-off, and the shoes would be given to Lloyd Webber. The winner of the series, Danielle Hope, claimed a pair of ruby slippers as her prize, as well as the starring role. Sophie Evans, the runner-up of the series, would later become the alternate Dorothy.

    Finalists

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    Results summary

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    Auditions: Top 20 selection

    The series started on Friday, 26 March, and the first programme followed the open auditions, call-backs and the contestants at 'Dorothy Farm', concluding with the selection of the top 20.

    Auditions: Top 10 selection

    Aired on Saturday, 27 March, the second episode saw the top 20 contestants perform in front of the panel to secure a place in the top 10. In groups of four, they performed a pop song and a musical song, coached by a West End performer. The show performances were:

  • Group performances:
  • "yellow Brick Road / We're Off to See the Wizard" (from The Wizard of Oz)
  • Pop song performances (in order of performance):
  • Camille, Jessica, Stephanie and Sophie: "Never Forget You" (original artist: Noisettes)
  • Tasheka, Dani, Philippa and Sarah: "Love Story" (Taylor Swift)
  • Emma, Steph, Jenny and Tegan: "Cry Me Out" (Pixie Lott)
  • Katie, Bronte, Lauren and Claire Ha.: "Rain on Your Parade" (Duffy)
  • Amy, Danielle, Emilie and Claire Hi.: "Take a Bow" (Rihanna)
  • Musical song performances (in order of performance):
  • Camille, Jessica, Stephanie and Sophie: "All That Jazz" from Chicago, with coaching from Ruthie Henshall
  • Tasheka, Dani, Philippa and Sarah: "Tell Me It's Not True" from Blood Brothers, with coaching from Melanie Chisholm
  • Emma, Steph, Jenny and Tegan: "Somebody to Love" from We Will Rock You, with coaching from Kerry Ellis
  • Katie, Bronte, Lauren and Claire Ha.: "Legally Blonde" from the musical of the same name, with coaching from Sheridan Smith
  • Amy, Danielle, Emilie and Claire Hi.: "If My Friends Could See Me Now" from Sweet Charity, with coaching from Tamzin Outhwaite
  • After the panel chose Amy, Bronte, Dani, Danielle, Jenny, Jessica, Lauren, Sophie, Steph and Stephanie to be in their top 10, Camille, Claire Ha., Claire Hi., Emilie, Emma, Katie, Philippa, Sarah, Tasheka and Tegan performed "Over the Rainbow" to be chosen as the wildcard and eleventh contestant in the live finals.

    The studio guest was Jodie Prenger, who played Nancy in Oliver! after winning I'd Do Anything in 2008, and she performed "As Long as He Needs Me" from Oliver!.

    Week 1 (3/4 April)

    The first of the live finals on Saturday, 3 April saw the 11 finalists perform to stay in the competition. Emilie was announced as the wildcard contestant following the vote at the end of the previous programme. The girls' mission this week was to work on a farm, and they were judged by Countryfile's Adam Henson. He selected Bronte to win the mission; her prize was an extra performance during the results programme and she chose Amy, Emilie and Jessica to join her.

  • Top 20 contestants: "The Merry Old Land of Oz" (from The Wizard of Oz)
  • Group mash-up: "Anything You Can Do / Broken Heels" (Annie Get Your Gun / Alexandra Burke)
  • Bronte (mission winner) with Amy, Emilie, Jessica and the remaining contestants: "Love Machine" (Girls Aloud)
  • Panel's verdict on who was not Dorothy:
  • Hancock: Amy
  • Partridge: Sophie
  • Church: Dani
  • Sing-off:
  • The bottom two were Amy and Steph, with Amy receiving the lowest number of public votes. They performed "Whistle Down the Wind" from the musical of the same name.
  • Lloyd Webber chose to save Steph.
  • Week 2 (10/11 April)

    The second live show on Saturday, 10 April saw the remaining 10 finalists perform to stay in the competition. The contestants worked with Hancock during the week, and their mission was to perform, in front of Hancock, the scene in The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy meets the Scarecrow. Also, the search for a dog to play Toto saw the top 50 selected from the open auditions.

  • Group performances:
  • "It Really Was No Miracle / Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" (from The Wizard of Oz)
  • "You Can't Stop the Beat" (from Hairspray)
  • Group mash-up: "Money / Material Girl" (Cabaret / Madonna)
  • "Get Happy" (Judy Garland)
  • Panel's verdict on who was not Dorothy:
  • Hancock: Sophie
  • Partridge: Jessica
  • Church: Emilie
  • Sing-off:
  • The bottom two were Bronte and Lauren, with Bronte receiving the lowest number of public votes. They performed "What I Did for Love" from A Chorus Line.
  • Lloyd Webber chose to save Lauren.
  • Week 3 (17/18 April)

    The third week of competition was dance week and the live show on Saturday 17 April 2010 saw the remaining nine finalists perform to stay in the competition. The contestants worked with John Partridge during the week, learning how to walk and perform in heels before performing with him in front of Lloyd Webber and choreographer Arlene Phillips. The search continued for a dog to play Toto narrowing it down to the Top 10.

  • Group performances:
  • "Ease on Down the Road" (from The Wiz)
  • "America" (from West Side Story)
  • "Buenos Aires" (from Evita)
  • Group mash-up: "Losing My Mind / Crazy in Love / Crazy" (Follies / Beyoncé Knowles / Gnarls Barkley)
  • Panel's verdict on who was not Dorothy:
  • Sheila Hancock: Jessica
  • John Partridge: Emilie
  • Charlotte Church: Jenny
  • Sing-off:
  • The bottom two were Dani and Danielle, with Dani receiving the lowest number of public votes. They performed "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret.
  • Lloyd Webber chose to save Danielle.
  • Week 4 (24/25 April)

    The fourth live show on Saturday 24 April 2010 saw the remaining eight finalists perform to stay in the competition. Following a one-on-one session with Charlotte Church, the mission this week was learning to perform "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)". In the search for a dog to play Toto, the final 10 auditioned in front of the Toto panel and Lloyd Webber and the final 5 were chosen.

  • Group performances:
  • "If I Only Had the Heart" (a version of "If I Only Had a Brain" from The Wizard of Oz)
  • Emilie, Jenny, Lauren and Stephanie (The Deadwood Dames): "The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away!)" (from Calamity Jane)
  • Danielle, Jessica, Sophie and Steph (The Oklahoma Outlaws): "Oklahoma" (from Oklahoma)
  • Group mash-up: "A Fine Romance / Bad Romance / Just Dance / Paparazzi" (Swing Time / Lady Gaga)
  • Charlotte Church and the eight contestants: "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand)
  • Panel's verdict on who was not Dorothy:
  • Sheila Hancock: Emilie
  • John Partridge: Emilie
  • Charlotte Church: Emilie
  • Sing-off:
  • The bottom two were Emilie and Sophie, with Emilie receiving the lowest number of public votes. They performed "I Know Him So Well" from Chess.
  • Lloyd Webber chose to save Sophie.
  • Week 5 (1/2 May)

    The fifth week of competition was big band week and the live show on Saturday 1 May 2010 saw the remaining seven finalists perform to stay in the competition. Lloyd Webber worked with the contestants this week, and their mission (excluding Jessica who was ill) was to walk through a dark forest alone where they face a choice of going Home or going to Oz. This week also saw the first task for the dogs vying to play Toto. After a master class, they performed a scene from Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre and the judges chose Missy as the task winner.

  • Group performances:
  • "Don't Rain on My Parade" (from Funny Girl)
  • "The Trolley Song" (from Meet Me in St. Louis)
  • Group mash-up: "Well, Did You Evah! / Get the Party Started / Wild Thing" (DuBarry Was a Lady / Pink / The Troggs)
  • "The Happening" (The Supremes)
  • Panel's verdict on who was not Dorothy:
  • Sheila Hancock: Stephanie
  • John Partridge: Stephanie
  • Charlotte Church: Sophie
  • Sing-off:
  • The bottom two were Steph and Stephanie, with Stephanie receiving the lowest number of public votes. They performed "Tell Me on a Sunday" from Tell Me on a Sunday.
  • Lloyd Webber chose to save Steph.
  • Week 6 (8/9 May)

    The sixth week and quarter-final stage of the competition, with the live show on Saturday 8 May 2010, saw the remaining six contestants perform musical theatre songs for four places in the semi-final. This week, the task for the Toto contestants was to see how they would get on with the potential Dorothys at the Richmond Theatre. The dogs chose the Dorothy they wished to perform with, and with six Dorothys and only five dogs, Lauren was not chosen. The pairs performed in front of the Toto panel and an audience of children; the panel chose Spider as their 'top dog' and the audience chose Dave. Also this week, the contestants went to the opening night of Sweet Charity and met Tamzin Outhwaite backstage; during the results show Outhwaite performed "If My Friends Could See Me Now" from the musical.

  • Group performances:
  • "Defying Gravity" (from Wicked)
  • "Talk to the Animals" (from Doctor Dolittle)
  • "The Actors" (by Charlotte Church)
  • Group mash-up: "Match Maker / Rich Girl / I Gotta Feeling" (Fiddler on the Roof / Gwen Stefani / The Black Eyed Peas)
  • Panel's verdict on who was not Dorothy:
  • Sheila Hancock: Sophie
  • John Partridge: Sophie
  • Charlotte Church: Jenny
  • First sing-off:
  • The bottom two were Jenny and Lauren, with Lauren receiving the lowest number of public votes. They performed "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel.
  • Lloyd Webber chose to save Lauren.
  • After Jenny left the competition, the remaining contestants performed a medley of songs from The Wizard of Oz for viewer votes:
  • Group performances:
  • "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" & "If I Only Had the Part"
  • Second sing-off:
  • The bottom two were Danielle and Jessica, with Jessica receiving the lowest number of public votes. This marks the point where every contestant on the show had been in at least one sing-off, which had never happened before on any of the previous series. They performed "Take That Look Off Your Face" by Tell Me on a Sunday.
  • Lloyd Webber chose to save Danielle.
  • Week 7 (15/16 May)

    The seventh week of competition was the semi-final stage of the series. On 15 May 2010 the four remaining contestants sang live for a place in the final. The final task for the Toto contestants was to pull back a curtain to reveal the Wizard (Lloyd Webber); he chose Troy as his task winner, and the panel chose Eddie. Sierra Boggess visited the contestants during rehearsals, and she performed "Love Never Dies" from Love Never Dies during the results show.

  • Group performances:
  • "Together (Wherever We Go)" (from Gypsy: A Musical Fable)
  • "I Cain't Say No" (from Oklahoma!)
  • Group mash-up: "Singin' in the Rain / Umbrella" (Singin' in the Rain / Rihanna)
  • Duets: After each girl had performed solo they each paired up to sing a duet
  • Sophie & Steph - "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair"
  • Danielle & Lauren - "Popular"
  • Panel's verdict on who was not Dorothy:
  • Sheila Hancock: Steph
  • John Partridge: Steph
  • Charlotte Church: Steph
  • Sing-off:
  • The bottom two were Steph and Lauren, with Steph receiving the lowest number of public votes. They performed "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" from Evita.
  • Lloyd Webber chose to save Lauren.
  • Week 8 (22 May)

    In the Run-up to the final, the three remaining contestants visited Lloyd Webber's estate. There, their mission was to perform a scene and sing "Over the Rainbow". Also during the week, the eight eliminated contestants went to see Hancock in Sister Act and met her and some of the cast (including Amy Booth-Steel, an I'd Do Anything finalist) backstage.

  • Group performances:
  • Finalists and former contestants: "Wizard of Oz Medley"
  • "If I Only Had a Brain" (from The Wizard of Oz)
  • Former eight contestants: "Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down" (Alicia Keys)
  • Winning Toto:
  • Dangerous Dave was revealed as the winning Toto.
  • The Final Vote
  • The final vote was then announced and it was revealed that the winner was Danielle with Lloyd Webber saying, "Well I'm really pleased with the result; the nation's never got it wrong yet. You're a most fantastically talented kid with a huge future ahead and now the hard work starts, but my goodness me, you can act from the soul and that's something that's very, very special." Danielle then collected her ruby slippers from Lloyd Webber and concluded the series with a performance of "Over the Rainbow".
  • Reception

    The two audition episodes attracted 4.28 million (18.4% audience share) and 5.22 million viewers (23.9% share) according to unofficial overnight figures. The first live show attracted 5.417 million viewers (25.4% share).

    All ratings are taken from the UK Programme Ratings website, BARB.

    Doctor Who controversy

    The series attracted a different kind of media interest when an animated banner advertisement, also known as a "trail", depicting an animated Graham Norton dancing alongside the title of the series, aired during the climactic cliffhanger of the 24 April 2010 broadcast of the Doctor Who episode, "The Time of Angels". The BBC apologised after receiving over 5,000 complaints. Norton himself went on to parody the incident in his own show by placing a similar banner at the bottom of the screen and having a Dalek exterminate his own cartoon caricature.

    References

    Over the Rainbow (2010 TV series) Wikipedia


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