Over the Rainbow (Canadian TV series)

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Over the Rainbow
Directed byJoan Tosoni
Presented byDaryn Jones
JudgesAndrew Lloyd Webber
Arlene Phillips
Thom Allison
Louise Pitre
No. of series1
No. of episodes16
Executive producer(s)Don Weiner
Ivan Schneeberg
David Fortier
Gerry McKean
Producer(s)Mel Balac
Running time40–90 minutes
Production company(s)Temple Street Productions
Original networkCBC Television, CBC HD
Original releaseSeptember 16 (2012-09-16) –
November 5, 2012 (2012-11-05)
External links

Over the Rainbow is a Canadian reality talent competition, which premiered on CBC Television on September 16, 2012. Based on the 2010 series Over the Rainbow in the United Kingdom, the series auditioned aspiring musical theatre performers for the role of Dorothy for a Toronto production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.[1] The series was hosted by Daryn Jones.[1] Arlene Phillips, Thom Allison, and Louise Pitre served as judges alongside Webber.[2]

The competition began with a Dorothy "boot camp" run by Lloyd Webber, which trained contestants and eliminated all but 10 finalists. Following a public telephone vote on 4 November 2012, 20-year-old Danielle Wade was chosen as Dorothy to perform the role for Mirvish Productions in Toronto, which started on 20 December 2012.[3][4] Wade has played several leading roles in student and community theatre and is an acting major at the University of Windsor. The judges praised her as "a consistently solid performer with a big voice and girl-next-door likeability and charm".[5]

The show also auditioned Canadian dogs for the part of Toto. CBC and Weber did not restrict the breed of Toto to Cairn Terrier (as used in the 1939 film), but instead searched for a dog that embodies the spirit of Toto: One that is a "bright fun loving companion full of energy and charisma".[1] The winner was a small mixed breed dog named Linzy, that looks similar to the film's Toto, owned by Reta Thompson. However, Linzy did not appear in the stage production.[6]


Ten contestants made it through the audition rounds and performed during the live shows.

Finalist Age* From Dress Colour Status
Kelsey Verzotti 17 Calgary, Alberta Bubble Gum Pink Eliminated 1st in Week 1
Michelle Bouey 21 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Robin's Egg Blue Eliminated 2nd in Week 2
Julia Gartha 16 Unionville, Ontario Purple Eliminated 3rd in Week 3
Jennifer Gillis 16 Coquitlam, British Columbia Sky Blue Eliminated 4th in Week 4
Jessie Munro 17 Toronto, Ontario Teal Eliminated 5th in Week 5
Cassandra Hodgins 17 London, Ontario Yellow Eliminated 6th in Week 6
Colleen Furlan 19 Winnipeg, Manitoba Red Eliminated 7th in Week 7
A. J. Bridel 18 Kitchener, Ontario Orange Third Place
Stephanie La Rochelle 17 Ottawa, Ontario Kelly Green Runner-up
Danielle Wade 20 LaSalle, Ontario Lime Green Winner

* at the start of the series

Results summary[edit]

Place Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Final
1 Danielle Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
2 Stephanie Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 Safe Bottom 2 Safe Runner-up
3 AJ Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 Third Place
4 Colleen Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
5 Cassandra Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 Eliminated Eliminated
6 Jessie Safe Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Safe Eliminated Eliminated
7 Jennifer Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
8 Julia Bottom 2 Safe Eliminated Eliminated
9 Michelle Safe Eliminated Eliminated
10 Kelsey Eliminated Eliminated


Danielle Wade

Stephanie La Rochelle

AJ Bridel

Colleen Furlan

Cassandra Hodgins

Jessie Munro

Jennifer Gillis

Julia Gartha

Michelle Bouey

Kelsey Verzotti

Opening Songs

Group Songs

Sing-offs The Bottom 2 voted by the public each week had to sing with one or two other Dorothys a contrasting song from a musical, then Andrew Lloyd Webber (week 1) and Arlene Phillips (weeks 2-7) would choose one of them to carry on in the competition. Danielle Wade was the only one not to have done a sing-off.


  1. ^ a b c "CBC fall season reflects reduced budget". CBC News, May 10, 2012. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "reduced" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ Over the Rainbow Judges
  3. ^ "Over the Rainbow viewers pick Danielle to play Dorothy", CBCnews, 6 November 2012
  4. ^ Ahearn, Victoria. "Over the Rainbow winner realizing she's not in La Salle, Ont., anymore", The Province, Canada.com, 7 November 2012
  5. ^ Ahearn, Victoria. "Danielle Wade lands Dorothy role after winning popular vote on Over the Rainbow", National Post, 6 November 2012
  6. ^ Simcoe, Luke. "Ontario pooch Linzy wins Over the Rainbow Toto contest", Metro, Free Daily News Group Inc., 6 October 2012

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