Op zoek naar Evita

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Op zoek naar Evita
Starring Frits Sissing
(Host)
Pia Douwes
(Judge)
Erwin van Lambaart
(Judge)
Peter van de Velde
(Judge)
Country of origin Netherlands
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 10
Production
Producer(s) Eyeworks
Broadcast
Original channel AVRO
Original airing August 19 - October 21, 2007
Chronology
Followed by Op zoek naar Joseph (2008)
Op zoek naar Mary Poppins (2009)

Op zoek naar Evita (Looking for Evita) was a 2007 talent show-themed television series produced by the AVRO in the Netherlands. It documented the search for a new, undiscovered musical theatre performer to play the role of Eva Peron in the 2008 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita.

The show was hosted by Frits Sissing who announced Brigitte Heitzer as the winner of the final public telephone vote on 21 October 2007 and masterminded by Willem Nijholt.

It became the first of a series of the Dutch themed talent contests to be produced by the AVRO in collaboration with Willem Nijholt. Op zoek naar Joseph followed in 2008 to find a new male lead for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and in 2009 it will be followed by Op zoek naar Mary Poppins searching for a new lead to play Mary Poppins in a production of the musical Mary Poppins.

Format[edit]

Expert panel[edit]

To assess and train the potential Evitas and judge them during the live shows, an expert panel was chosen. The panel included:

Live finals[edit]

The final ten contestants competed in the live studio finals held on Sunday nights over eight weeks. Each week the contestants sang and performed during the live show, receiving comments from the judges following their performance. The public then got a chance to vote for their favourite Evita, and the two contestants with the least votes performed a sing-off in front of Nijholt, who then decided which Evita to keep in the contest. This was repeated with the top ten, the top nine, the top eight, the top seven, the top six, the top five and the top four.

Nijholt had no say in the final casting decision, when in the concluding edition of the series it was left to the public to choose who should play Evita out of the final two contenders, Brigitte Heitzer and Suzan Seegers. After more votes were cast, the winning entrant was revealed as Heitzer, who won a contract to play Evita at the Nieuwe Luxor Theater in Rotterdam.

Finalists[edit]

Ten potential Evitas made it through the auditions process to perform during the live shows.

Finalist Age Date of birth Dress colour Status
Tineke Blok 25 April 21, 1982 Light pink Eliminated 1st in week 1
Sabina Petra 26 April 23, 1981 Light green Eliminated 2nd in week 2
Sophie Veldhuizen 24 March 6, 1983 Dark pink Eliminated 3rd in week 3
Babette Holtman 26 May 27, 1981 Orange Eliminated 4th in week 4
Wieneke Remmers 28 August 12, 1978 Light blue Eliminated 5th in week 5
Anne Stalman 25 November 29, 1981 Dark green Eliminated 6th in week 6
Marleen van der Loo 37 January 2, 1970 Dark blue Eliminated 7th in week 7
Marjolein Teepen 27 August 6, 1980 Yellow Third place
Suzan Seegers 26 November 13, 1980 Purple Second place
Brigitte Heitzer 28 August 23, 1979 Red Winner

Live shows[edit]

The live shows saw the finalists eliminated one by one following both individual and group performances. Once eliminated, the leaving contestant ended the programme by leading a performance of "Dag en bedankt nog (Goodnight and Thank You)\Jij blijft bij mij (You Must Love Me)" from Evita with the remaining contestants.

Results summary
Place Contestant Show 1 Show 2 Show 3 Show 4 Show 5 Show 6 Show 7 Show 8
Part 1 Part 2
1 Brigitte Winner
2 Suzan Second place
3 Marjolein Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Third place
4 Marleen Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Eliminated 7th
5 Anne Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Eliminated 6th
6 Wieneke Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Eliminated 5th
7 Babette Bottom 2 Eliminated 4th
8 Sophie Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Eliminated 3rd
9 Sabina Bottom 2 Eliminated 2nd
10 Tineke Bottom 2 Eliminated 1st

Week one[edit]

Following the first week of competition, Tineke was the first Evita to be eliminated from the competition. The show performances were:

  • Jury's favourite Evita:
    • Erwin van Lambaart: Suzan (but revealed that his other favourite was Marjolein, but was positive about Suzan)
    • Pia Douwes: Suzan
    • Peter Van de Velde: Brigitte
  • Sing-off:
    • Tineke and Sophie received the least number of viewer votes and were in the sing-off, and performed "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar.
    • Willem Nijholt chose to save Sophie and say "Goodnight and Thank You" to Tineke.

Week two[edit]

Sabina was the second contestant to be eliminated from the series. The show performances were:

  • Jury's favourite Evita:
    • Erwin van Lambaart: Marleen
    • Pia Douwes: Wieneke
    • Peter Van de Velde: Sabina
  • Sing-off:
    • Anne and Sabina were in the sing-off, and performed "Memory" from Cats.
    • Willem Nijholt chose to save Anne and say "Goodnight and Thank You" to Sabina.

Week three[edit]

The third potential Evita to be eliminated was Sophie. The show performances were:

  • Jury's favourite Evita:
    • Erwin van Lambaart: Suzan
    • Pia Douwes: Marleen
    • Peter Van de Velde: Wieneke
  • Sing-off:
    • Sophie and Anne were in the sing-off, and performed "Beauty and the Beast" from the same title.
    • Willem Nijholt chose to save Anne and say "Goodnight and Thank You" to Sophie.

Week four[edit]

Babette became the fourth contestant to hear she was not Evita. The show performances were:

  • Jury's favourite Evita:
    • Erwin van Lambaart: Babette
    • Pia Douwes: Babette
    • Peter Van de Velde: Babette
  • Sing-off:
    • Babette and Wieneke were in the sing-off, and performed "Heel alleen (On My Own)" from Les Misérables.
    • Willem Nijholt chose to save Wieneke and say "Goodnight and Thank You" to Babette.

Week five[edit]

Wieneke became the fifth contestant to hear she would not be Evita. The show performances were:

  • Jury's favourite Evita:
    • Erwin van Lambaart: Marjolein (but also very positive about Suzan being his favourite)
    • Pia Douwes: Marjolein
    • Peter Van de Velde: Marjolein
  • Sing-off:
    • Wieneke and Anne were in the sing-off, and performed "Thuis (Home)" from The Wiz.
    • Willem Nijholt chose to save Anne and say "Goodnight and Thank You" to Wieneke.

Week six[edit]

In the quarter-final, the sixth Evita to be eliminated was Anne. The show performances were:

  • Jury's favourite Evita:
    • Erwin van Lambaart: Marjolein
    • Pia Douwes: Marleen
    • Peter Van de Velde: Brigitte
  • Sing-off:
    • Marleen and Anne were in the sing-off, and performed "De winnaar krijgt de macht (The Winner Takes It All)" from Mamma Mia.
    • Willem Nijholt chose to save Marleen and say "Goodnight and Thank You" to Anne.

Week seven[edit]

In the semi-final, the seventh and final Evita to be eliminated was Marleen. The show performances were:

  • Jury's favourite Evita:
    • Erwin van Lambaart: Suzan
    • Pia Douwes: Suzan
    • Peter Van de Velde: Brigitte
  • Sing-off:
    • Marleen and Marjolein were in the sing-off, and performed "Één van ons (One of Us)" from Mamma Mia.
    • Willem Nijholt chose to save Marjolein and say "Goodnight and Thank You" to Marleen.

Week eight[edit]

The grand finale saw Brigitte win the competition, with Suzan coming second and Marjolein third. The show performances were:

  • Following the elimination of Marjolein, who received the lowest number of viewer votes, the final two performed the two duets:
  • Jury's verdict on who is Evita:
    • Erwin van Lambaart: could not choose between Suzan and Brigitte
    • Pia Douwes: could not choose between Suzan and Brigitte
    • Peter Van de Velde: Brigitte
    • Willem Nijholt: Suzan
  • After being announced as the series winner, Brigitte concluded the series with a performance of "Huil niet om mij, Argentina (Don't Cry For Me, Argentina)".

After the series[edit]

Brigitte Heitzer and several other finalists appeared in a special programme on 25 December 2008 with the winner and finalists from Op zoek naar Joseph titled Kerst met Joseph en Evita (Christmas with Joseph and Evita).

Reception[edit]

Awards[edit]

On October 1, 2008, it was announced that Op zoek naar Evita was nominated for the Gouden Televizier-Ring 2008, for the best television from the season 2007/2008. On October 24, 2008 showed that this nomination was not silver, the Golden Televizier-Ring was won by Mooi! Weer De Leeuw.

Follow-up[edit]

The success of the series lead to it becoming the first of a series of the Dutch themed talent contests produced by the AVRO in collaboration with Nijholt. 2008 saw Op zoek naar Joseph search for a new male lead to play Joseph for a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's and Tim Rice's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This was followed in 2009 by Op zoek naar Mary Poppins, which searched for a new lead to play Mary Poppins in a production of the musical Mary Poppins. 2010 will see Op zoek naar Zorro cast Zorro in the forthcoming stage production of Zorro.

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