Over the Rainbow (2010 TV series)

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Over the Rainbow
The text "Over the Rainbow" in letters of mixed capitalisation, with the letters made up of red rubies set in gold frames; the letters 'O' are shaped as swirls. Behind the text is a rainbow, with a background of emerald green clouds on black.
Genre Reality
Directed by Simon Staffurth
Presented by Graham Norton
Judges Andrew Lloyd Webber
Charlotte Church
John Partridge
Sheila Hancock
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 18
Production
Executive producer(s) Suzy Lamb
Producer(s) Mel Balac
Location(s) Fountain Studios
Running time 40–90 minutes
Production company(s) Talkback Thames
Distributor FremantleMedia
Release
Original network BBC One, BBC HD
Picture format PAL (576i), HDTV 1080i
Original release 26 March (2010-03-26) – 22 May 2010 (2010-05-22)
Chronology
Preceded by I'd Do Anything (2008)
Followed by Superstar (2012)
External links
Website

Over the Rainbow was a British television talent series that aired on BBC One from March to 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.

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.

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

Format[edit]

Creation[edit]

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.[1] 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,[2][3] and that the series would be taken to commercial broadcaster ITV.[4] Lloyd Webber later said that it was a scheduling clash solved by moving the series to later in the year.[5]

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:

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.[5]

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

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.[6]

Judges[edit]

Black-and-white portrait of a man in his fifties in a dark suit jacket and light shirt, mid-speech with his head tilted slightly to the left, looking to the left of the camera.
Andrew Lloyd Webber led the search for the musical theatre performer.

A panel of judges assessed the contestants during the series. They were:[7][8]

The Daily Mail reported in February 2009 that Lloyd Webber had asked Liza Minnelli, daughter of Judy Garland, to be one of the judges.[9] 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,[10] however this was denied by the BBC.[11] 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.[12][13]

Auditions[edit]

Applications for the series were solicited in November 2009 and auditions took place in Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and London from January 2010.[14][15] 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."[6]

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.[16]

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.[16]

Live finals[edit]

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.[17] Profits from viewer votes went to the BBC Performing Arts Fund.[16]

Toto[edit]

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,[16] along with dog trainer Gerry Cott and animal behaviour expert Sarah Fisher.[18] The final 5 dogs were revealed on Sunday, 25 April.[19]

Final 5
Dog Age* Breed Colour Owner Status
Troy Cross-breed Lime green Jackie Eliminated
Spider 5 Beagle Purple Lucy Eliminated
Missy 3 Cross-breed Pink Anna Eliminated
Eddie 1 Pug/Shih Tzu Silver Lucie Eliminated
"Dangerous" Dave 1 Miniature Schnauzer Blue Rachel Winner

*at start of series

Contestants[edit]

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.

Semi-finalists[edit]

Contestant[20] Age From
Tegan Edwards 17 Norfolk
Tasheka Coe 28 West Midlands
Sarah Middleton 21 East Midlands
Philippa O'Hara 23 Belfast
Katie Honan 19 Republic of Ireland
Emma Warren 20 Dublin
Claire Hillier 25 Wales
Claire Harbourne 18 Lancashire
Camille Mesnard 21 Merseyside

Finalists[edit]

Contestant[20] Age From Dress colour Status
Amy Diamond 22 Cheshire Lavender Eliminated 1st in Week 1
Bronte Barbe 18 Cheshire Bubble gum pink Eliminated 2nd in Week 2
Danielle "Dani" Rayner 16 Cheshire Olive green Eliminated 3rd in Week 3
Emilie Fleming 19 Tyne and Wear Forest green Eliminated 4th in Week 4
Stephanie Davis 17 Merseyside Acid yellow Eliminated 5th in Week 5
Jenny Douglas 18 Scotland Burgundy Eliminated 6th in Week 6
Jessica Robinson 18 Middlesbrough Emerald green Eliminated 7th in Week 6
Stephanie "Steph" Fearon 21 London Golden Eliminated 8th in Week 7
Lauren Samuels 22 London Cerise Eliminated 9th in Week 8
Sophie Evans 17 Wales Purple Runner-up
Danielle Hope 17 Greater Manchester Red Winner

*at start of series

Results summary[edit]

Colour key
     – Contestant was in the bottom two and who was saved after the sing off
     – Contestant was eliminated after the sing off
     – Contestant won Over the Rainbow
Weekly results per contestant
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Part 1 Part 2 Part 1 Part 2
Danielle Hope Safe Safe Bottom two Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Safe Safe Winner
(week 8)
Sophie Evans Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner-up
(week 8)
Lauren Samuels Safe Bottom two Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Safe Bottom two Eliminated Eliminated
(week 8)
Steph Fearon Bottom two Safe Safe Safe Bottom two Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 7)
Jessica Robinson Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 6)
Jenny Douglas Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 6)
Stephanie Davis Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 5)
Emilie Fleming Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 4)
Dani Rayner Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 3)
Bronte Barbe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 2)
Amy Diamond Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)

Episodes[edit]

Auditions: Top 20 selection[edit]

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[edit]

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:

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)[edit]

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.

Contestants' performances
Contestant Order Song Result
Stephanie Davis 1 "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)" Safe
Lauren Samuels 2 "Run" Safe
Dani Rayner 3 "Ego" Safe
Steph Fearon 4 "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" Bottom two
Amy Diamond 5 "Big Girls Don't Cry" Eliminated
Danielle Hope 6 "Red" Safe
Emilie Fleming 7 "Breakaway" Safe
Bronte Barbe 8 "I Can't Make You Love Me" Safe
Jessica Robinson 9 "Rehab" Safe
Sophie Evans 10 "If I Were a Boy" Safe
Jenny Douglas 11 "So What" Safe
  • 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)[edit]

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.

Contestants' performances
Contestant Order Song Result
Sophie Evans 1 "That Don't Impress Me Much" Safe
Jessica Robinson 2 "The Voice Within" Safe
Bronte Barbe 3 "Suddenly I See" Eliminated
Dani Rayner 4 "Home" Safe
Steph Fearon 5 "It's Oh So Quiet" Safe
Jenny Douglas 6 "Songbird" Safe
Danielle Hope 7 "Just a Little Girl" Safe
Lauren Samuels 8 "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" Bottom two
Emilie Fleming 9 "The Boy Does Nothing" Safe
Stephanie Davis 10 "Smile" Safe
  • 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)[edit]

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.

Contestants' performances
Contestant Order Song Result
Dani Rayner 1 "One Night Only" Eliminated
Sophie Evans 2 "I'm with You" Safe
Lauren Samuels 3 "Sway" Safe
Emilie Fleming 4 "Moon River" Safe
Stephanie Davis 5 "Let's Get Loud" Safe
Steph Fearon 6 "Out Here on My Own" Safe
Jenny Douglas 7 "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" Safe
Jessica Robinson 8 "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Safe
Danielle Hope 9 "Could It Be Magic" Bottom two
  • 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)[edit]

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.

Contestants' performances
Contestant Order Song Result
Jenny Douglas 1 "Warwick Avenue" Safe
Emilie Fleming 2 "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" Eliminated
Stephanie Davis 3 "Nobody Does It Better" Safe
Lauren Samuels 4 "Nobody Knows" Safe
Sophie Evans 5 "Love Song" Bottom two
Jessica Robinson 6 "There You'll Be" Safe
Danielle Hope 7 "Cry Me a River" Safe
Steph Fearon 8 "Use Somebody" Safe
  • 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)[edit]

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.

Contestants' performances
Contestant Order Song Result
Steph Fearon 1 "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" Bottom two
Jenny Douglas 2 "Feeling Good" Safe
Sophie Evans 3 "What a Wonderful World" Safe
Danielle Hope 4 "Mambo Italiano" Safe
Lauren Samuels 5 "The Man that Got Away" Safe
Stephanie Davis 6 "Mr. Bojangles" Eliminated
Jessica Robinson 7 "Cabaret" Safe
  • 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)[edit]

The Richmond Theatre hosted the task for the contestants this week.

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.

Contestants' performances
Contestant Order Song Result
Danielle Hope 1 "On My Own" Safe
Jessica Robinson 2 "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" Safe
Steph Fearon 3 "Somewhere" Safe
Jenny Douglas 4 "Send in the Clowns" Eliminated
Sophie Evans 5 "I Enjoy Being a Girl" Safe
Lauren Samuels 6 "Being Alive" Bottom two
  • Panel's verdict on who was not Dorothy:
    • Sheila Hancock: Sophie
    • John Partridge: Sophie
    • Charlotte Church: Jenny
  • First sing-off:
  • 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"
Contestants' performances
Contestant Order Song Result
Danielle Hope 1 "We're Off to See the Wizard" Bottom two
Jessica Robinson 2 "It Really Was No Miracle" Eliminated
Steph Fearon 3 "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" Safe
Sophie Evans 4 "The Merry Old Land of Oz" Safe
Lauren Samuels 5 "If I Only Had the Part" Safe
  • 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)[edit]

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.

Contestants' performances
Contestant Order Song Result
Sophie Evans 1 "Reflection" Safe
Steph Fearon 2 "Rule the World" Eliminated
Lauren Samuels 3 "Heaven" Bottom two
Danielle Hope 4 "When You Believe" Safe
  • Duets: After each girl had performed solo they each paired up to sing a duet
  • 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)[edit]

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.

Contestants' performances
Contestant Order Song Order Song of the Series Result
Sophie Evans 1 "Tomorrow" 4 "Reflection" Runner-up
Lauren Samuels 2 "I Could Have Danced All Night" N/A N/A (already eliminated) Eliminated
Danielle Hope 3 "Seventy Six Trombones" 5 "Mambo Italiano" Winner
  • 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[edit]

The two audition episodes attracted 4.28 million (18.4% audience share)[21] and 5.22 million viewers (23.9% share)[22] according to unofficial overnight figures. The first live show attracted 5.417 million viewers (25.4% share).[23]

All ratings are taken from the UK Programme Ratings website, BARB.[24]

Show Date Official rating
(millions)
Weekly rank
on BBC
Auditions: Top 20 Selection 26 March 2010 4.55 #24
Auditions: Top 10 Selection 27 March 2010 5.53 #11
Live Show 1 3 April 2010 5.61 #10
Results 1 4 April 2010 4.30 #31
Live Show 2 10 April 2010 5.61 #13
Results 2 11 April 2010 4.79 #19
Live Show 3 17 April 2010 4.82 #18
Results 3 18 April 2010 4.84 #16
Live Show 4 24 April 2010 5.41 #13
Results 4 25 April 2010 5.99 #9
Live Show 5 1 May 2010 5.44 #14
Results 5 2 May 2010 5.61 #12
Live Show 6 8 May 2010 5.78 #11
Results 6 9 May 2010 5.75 #12
Live Show 7 15 May 2010 5.56 #14
Results 7 16 May 2010 5.61 #13
The Final Live Show 22 May 2010 5.97 #10
The Final Results 6.95 #6
Show Average: 5.45 million

Doctor Who controversy[edit]

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 five thousand complaints.[25] 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.[26][27]

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