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I'd Do Anything is a 2008 talent show-themed television series produced by the BBC in the United Kingdom and broadcast on BBC One.NEWS, Reeve-Crook, Antony, BBC follows Maria and Joseph with Oliver!, C21 Media, 2007-12-21,weblink 2007-12-22, It premièred on 15 March 2008.NEWS, It's almost showtime..., BBC, 2008-03-07,weblink 2008-03-07, The show searched for a new, unknown lead to play Nancy and three young performers who will take it in turns to play Oliver in a West End revival of the British musical Oliver!.The show, named after the Oliver! song "I'd Do Anything", was hosted by Graham Norton with Andrew Lloyd Webber again overseeing the programme,NEWS, Darvell, Michael, Andrew to help BBC find Oliver!, Andrew Lloyd Webber, 2008-12-21,weblink 2008-02-03,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080125062007weblink">weblink 25 January 2008, dead, dmy, together with theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh. In January 2008, John Barrowman confirmed he would be taking part in the show.NEWS, Hemley, Matthew, The torch-bearer - John Barrowman, The Stage, 2008-01-08,weblink 2008-01-10, The BBC also confirmed in late February 2008 that Barry Humphries would join Barrowman and Denise Van Outen (who was previously the presenter of the US Broadway reality show (Grease: You're the One that I Want!)) on the judging panel of the show.NEWS, Barry Humphries to join panel of I'd Do Anything
, BBC, 2007-02-28,weblink 2007-02-28, NEWS, Meet the judges!, BBC, 2008-02-28,weblink 2008-03-07,
Auditions for the show began in January 2008,NEWS, BBC One announces its search for stars of Oliver!, BBC, 2007-12-21,weblink 2007-12-21, with the show airing on BBC One throughout March, April and May 2008. In the final, on 31 May, Jodie Prenger was announced as the winner of the series.

Format

Commissioned after the success of the two similar BBC series How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Any Dream Will Do, the series followed the same format to find a new unknown lead, but with two roles rather than one as in the previous two series. However, whilst the format for the Nancy was the same with the public choosing the winner, the three boys who will play the part of Oliver were chosen by the judging panel.

Criteria

Auditions took place in 2008; in Belfast on 24 January, Manchester on 26–27 January, London from 1 to 3 February and Glasgow on 6 February with auditions for both parts taking place at the same venues and dates.NEWS, Darvell, Michael, I’d Do Anything – Lionel Bart’s Oliver – Graham Norton & Andrew Lloyd Webber reunite on BBC1 Television to find a new Nancy and three new Olivers, classicalsource.com, January 2008,weblink 2008-02-03,
Nancy
For the role of Nancy applicants needed to be aged 17 or over on 1 January 2008, with the playing age being 17-35. Entry was open to both amateur and professional performers. Stages one and two were the same as for the part of Oliver. At stage three though, the call-backs took place between 16 and 18 February when the show's panel interviewed the auditionees. There were then workshops and final audition performances between 21 and 26 February; and throughout mid-March, April and May for the television show. The "Nancys" had to impress the panel in the first two shows and, from programme three, they also had to gain viewer support to stay in with a chance of winning the role of Nancy.
Oliver
For the role of Oliver applicants needed to be at least nine on 1 January 2008 and no older than 14 on 31 December 2008 with the part of Oliver being from nine to twelve years old. The auditions were in two stages. Those who made it through to the second stage were filmed and then twelve young performers went through to stage three, the live television show where each week they learned a piece to perform on the show. Eight boys went through to the semi-final. Three boys were then chosen in the final stage, with one of the final three performing at the press night of Oliver! Following expert advice in providing a duty of care to child contributors, the BBC announced on 13 March that the boys would not face a public vote, and that each week the "Olivers" would be performing musical tasks, learning the tricks of the theatre trade and also perform as a group, before the judging panel make their final choices.NEWS, No viewer vote for BBC's Oliver, BBC News, 2008-03-13,weblink 2008-03-24,

Auditions

The first programme, which aired on 15 March, charted the journeys of thousands of auditionees as they begin their quest for stardom in the regional auditions.For the role of Nancy, just over a hundred young women were called to London to perform before the panel, consisting of John Barrowman, Denise Van Outen and David Grindrod. Those who stood out then had the chance to win a place at Nancy School, the next stage in the competition. For the role of Oliver, fifty young boys were selected to work with musical theatre experts before the final twelve were chosen for the live shows by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh.The second programme, which aired on 22 March, focussed mainly on the 42 women at Nancy School and the procedure of finding the final twelve women to compete in the weekly live show for the part of Nancy. The twelve boys who will compete on the live show for the part of Oliver were also introduced throughout the programme.

Weekly format

Saturday - Live
The show opens with a group number by the Nancys and Olivers. Each Nancy then performs a song, with feedback provided by the panel and Lloyd Webber. The public votes for the contestant they wish to keep in the show. Voting closes shortly after the broadcast of the Saturday programme.Footage of the Olivers' progress is shown, during which Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh select one to proceed through to the semi-final.
Sunday - Recorded after live show on Saturdays.
The Oliver who was announced as a semi-finalist takes the lead with the other Olivers in a song. After the results of the public vote have been processed, the two Nancys with the fewest votes enter a "sing-off". Lloyd Webber then chooses which Nancy from the "sing-off" to save each week. The eliminated Nancy takes the lead in their sing-out medley of "Be Back Soon" and "As Long as He Needs Me".

Finalists

Nancy

Twelve potential Nancys made it through the audition rounds and performed during the live shows.NEWS, Nancy Contestants, BBC, 2008-03-22,weblink 2008-03-22, NEWS, Shenton, Mark, A Dozen "Nancy" Finalists Announced in Oliver! Reality Casting Series, Playbill, 2008-03-23,weblink 2008-03-24, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080515091318weblink">weblink 15 May 2008, dmy-all, Each Nancy wore a unique coloured dress and a locket. At the end of every live show, the losing Nancy would have the locket stripped off by the Nancy who survived the singoff. In the final, on 31 May 2008, Jodie Prenger was announced as the winner.{| class="wikitable"! Finalist! Age *! From! Dress Colour! Status BBC > DATE =2008-03-22 ACCESSDATE =2008-03-22, 24| Birmingham| Lime Green Eliminated 1st in week 1BBC > DATE =2008-03-22 ACCESSDATE =2008-03-22, 22| London| Lilac Eliminated 2nd in week 2 Tara BethanNANCY CONTESTANTS - TARA BBC > DATE =2008-03-22 ACCESSDATE =2008-03-22, WELSH NANCY AND OLIVER HOPEFULS > PUBLISHER = BBC NEWS URL = HTTP://NEWS.BBC.CO.UK/1/HI/WALES/7309725.STM, 2008-03-24, 24Conwy County Borough>Conwy| Orange Eliminated 3rd in week 3 sFrancesca JacksonNANCY CONTESTANTS - FRANCESCA BBC > DATE =2008-03-22 ACCESSDATE =2008-03-22, 24| West Glamorgan| Baby Pink Eliminated 4th in week 4 BBC> DATE =2008-03-22 ACCESSDATE =2008-03-22, 23| London| Gold Eliminated 5th in week 5 Sarah LarkNANCY CONTESTANTS - SARAH BBC > DATE =2008-03-22 ACCESSDATE =2008-03-22, 25| Glamorgan| Pale Green Eliminated 6th in week 6 BBC > DATE =2008-03-22 ACCESSDATE =2008-03-22, 24| Falkirk| Dark Blue Eliminated 7th in week 7 Niamh PerryNANCY CONTESTANTS - NIAMH BBC > DATE =2008-03-22 ACCESSDATE =2008-03-22, 17| Bangor, Northern Ireland| Pink Eliminated 8th in week 8 Rachel TuckerNANCY CONTESTANTS - RACHEL BBC > DATE =2008-03-22 ACCESSDATE =2008-03-22, 26| Belfast| Yellow Eliminated 9th in week 9 Samantha BarksNANCY CONTESTANTS - SAMANTHA BBC > DATE =2008-03-22 ACCESSDATE =2008-03-22, 17Laxey>Laxey, Isle of Man| Blue Eliminated 10th in week 10 Jessie BuckleyNANCY CONTESTANTS - JESSIE BBC > DATE =2008-03-22 ACCESSDATE =2008-03-22, 18Killarney>Killarney, Ireland| Dark Green Runner-upJodie PrengerNANCY CONTESTANTS - JODIE BBC > DATE =2008-03-22 ACCESSDATE =2008-03-22, GOMM > FIRST = ELIZABETH PUBLISHER = BLACKPOOL GAZETTE URL = HTTP://WWW.BLACKPOOLGAZETTE.CO.UK/BLACKPOOLNEWS/BLACKPOOL39S-JODIE-STEPS-NEARER-TO.3906131.JP, 2008-03-24, 28| Blackpool| Purple Winner
  • as of the start of the series

Oliver

Twelve potential Olivers made it through the audition rounds and performed in the live shows.NEWS, BBC names 12 Oliver TV hopefuls, BBC News, 2008-03-23,weblink 2008-03-24, NEWS, Meet the Olivers!, BBC, 2008-03-23,weblink 2008-03-23, Each Oliver was identified with a different coloured scarf, and during the first eight live shows, the Oliver who did best in the mission for that week made it through to the final eight. This Oliver would also receive a hat, and lead vocals in a performance with all the Olivers on the live show. Ultimately, Gwion Jones, Harry Stott and Laurence Jeffcoate were announced as the three winning Olivers in week nine on 24 May.NEWS, You Are Oliver! The Three Winners are Gwion, Harry and Laurence, BBC, 2008-05-24,weblink 2008-05-25, WEB, Shenton, Mark, Jones, Stott and Jeffcoate Will Be Oliver in London Revival of Lionel Bart Musical, Playbill News, 2008-05-28,weblink 2008-05-31, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080530213156weblink">weblink 30 May 2008, dmy-all, {| class="wikitable"! Finalist! Age *! From! Scarf Colour! Lead Vocal! Reached! Result| Gareth Borrow 12| Derry| Pink| N/A| Final 12 Eliminated in Week 8| Jordan Li-Smith 13| Wrexham| Red| N/A| Final 12 Eliminated in Week 8| Joseph McNamara 9| Berkshire| Yellow| N/A| Final 12 Eliminated in Week 8| Sam Cotton 10| Hampshire| Dark Blue| N/A| Final 12 Eliminated in Week 8 | Chester McKee 12| London| Dark Red| Week 2| Final 8 Eliminated in Week 9 | Arthur Byrne 10| Bristol| Purple| Week 3| Final 8 Eliminated in Week 9 | Kwayedza Kureya 13| Kent| Light Blue| Week 4| Final 8 Eliminated in Week 9 | Alexander Hockaday 11| London| Dark Orange| Week 5| Final 8 Eliminated in Week 9 | Jonny Clowes 13| Leamington Spa| Dark Green| Week 8| Final 8 Eliminated in Week 9 | Gwion Jones 11| Carmarthenshire| Light Green| Week 1| Top 3 Winner | Harry Stott 12| Oxfordshire| Orange| Week 6| Top 3 Winner | Laurence Jeffcoate 11| Cheshire| Beige| Week 7| Top 3 Winner
  • as of the start of the series

Results summary

Colour key{|#87D3F8;
|Contestant was in the bottom two and who was saved after the sing offpink;|Contestant was eliminated after the sing offlightgreen;|Contestant who received the most public votes {| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center; font-size:85%"|+Weekly results per contestant!align="center"| Contestant!align="center"| Week 1!align="center"| Week 2!align="center"| Week 3!align="center"| Week 4!align="center"| Week 5!align="center"| Week 6!align="center"| Week 7!align="center"| Quarter Final!align="center"| Semi Final!align="center"| Final ! Jodie Prenger| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe Winner(week 10)! Jessie Buckley| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe Runner-up(week 10) ! Samantha Barks| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe 4th Eliminated(week 10)! Rachel Tucker| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe 7th| Safe 4th 3rd style="background:#FA8072" colspan=1 | Eliminated(week 9)! Niamh Perry | Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe 7th| Safe 5th 5th style="background:#FA8072" colspan=2 | Eliminated(week 8)! Ashley J Russell| Safe| Safe| Safe 9th| Safe| Safe 6th style="background:#FA8072" colspan=3 | Eliminated(week 7)! Sarah Lark| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe| Safe 6th style="background:#FA8072" colspan=4 | Eliminated(week 6)! Keisha Amponsa-Banson| Safe 11th 10th| Safe 8th style="background:#FA8072" colspan=5 | Eliminated(week 5)! Francesca Jackson 11th| Safe| Safe 8th style="background:#FA8072" colspan=6 | Eliminated(week 4)! Tara Bethan| Safe| Safe 9th style="background:#FA8072" colspan=7 | Eliminated(week 3)! Cleo Royer| Safe 10th style="background:#FA8072" colspan=8 | Eliminated(week 2)! Amy Booth-Steel 12th style="background:#FA8072" colspan=9 | Eliminated(week 1)

Live shows

Week 1 (29/30 March)

Gwion Jones was announced as the first Oliver semi-finalist on the Saturday show.The show performances and missions were:NEWS, Music on the Night, BBC, 2008-03-29,weblink 2008-03-29, {| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;"|+ Contestants' performances on the first live show! scope="col" | Act! scope="col" | Order! scope="col" | Song! scope="col" | Result ! scope="row" | Jessie Buckley| 1| "River Deep - Mountain High"| Safe ! scope="row" | Jodie Prenger| 2| "Chasing Pavements"| Safe ! scope="row" | Tara Bethan| 3| "Suddenly I See"| Safe ! scope="row" | Ashley J Russell| 4Black Velvet (song)>Black Velvet"| Safe style = "background:pink"! scope="row" | Amy Booth-Steel| 5Respect (song)>Respect"| Eliminated ! scope="row" | Keisha Amponsa-Banson| 6| "Mad About the Boy"| Safe style="background:lightblue;"! scope="row" | Francesca Jackson| 7Hero (Mariah Carey song)>Hero"| Bottom 2 ! scope="row" | Rachel Tucker| 8| "About You Now"| Safe ! scope="row" | Samantha Barks| 9| "I Love Rock 'n' Roll"| Safe! scope="row" | Sarah Lark| 10| "Get Here"| Safe! scope="row" | Cleo Royer| 11| "Who Knew"| Safe! scope="row" | Niamh Perry| 12| "The First Cut Is the Deepest"| Safe
  • Panel's verdict on who was not Nancy:
    • John Barrowman: Amy Booth-Steel
    • Denise Van Outen: Tara Bethan
    • Barry Humphries: Amy Booth-Steel
  • Sing-off:
    • Amy Booth-Steel and Francesca Jackson were in the sing-off, with Amy having received the lowest number of viewers votes. They sang "Tell Me on a Sunday" (from the musical of the same name).
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber chose to save Francesca and eliminate Amy.NEWS, Reviewing the Situation: Week One Result, BBC, 2008-03-30,weblink 2008-03-30,

Week 2 (5/6 April)

Chester McKee was announced as the second Oliver semi-finalist on the Saturday show.NEWS, He Could be Oliver!, BBC, 2008-04-05,weblink 2008-04-06, The show performances and missions were: {| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;"|+ Contestants' performances on the second live show! scope="col" | Act! scope="col" | Order! scope="col" | Song! scope="col" | Result ! scope="row" | Niamh Perry| 1| "I've Got the Music in Me"| Safe style = "background:pink" ! scope="row" | Cleo Royer| 2| "Feeling Good"| Eliminated style="background:lightblue;"! scope="row" | Keisha Amponsa-Banson| 3| "Get the Party Started"| Bottom 2 ! scope="row" | Samantha Barks| 4| "See the Day"| Safe ! scope="row" | Francesca Jackson| 5Somebody to Love (Queen song)>Somebody to Love"| Safe ! scope="row" | Rachel Tucker| 6Beautiful (Christina Aguilera song)>Beautiful"| Safe ! scope="row" | Sarah Lark| 7| "Piece of My Heart"| Safe ! scope="row" | Tara Bethan| 8Without You (Badfinger song)>Without You"| Safe ! scope="row" | Jodie Prenger| 9| "I'm Every Woman"| Safe! scope="row" | Ashley J Russell| 10Mercy (Duffy song)>Mercy"| Safe! scope="row" | Jessie Buckley| 11| "Killing Me Softly with His Song"| Safe
  • Panel's verdict on who was not Nancy:
    • John Barrowman: Samantha Barks
    • Denise Van Outen: Keisha Amponsa-Banson
    • Barry Humphries: Keisha Amponsa-Banson
  • Sing-off:
    • Cleo Royer and Keisha Amponsa-Banson were in the sing-off, with Keisha having received the lowest number of viewers votes. They sang "I Know Him So Well" (from the musical Chess).
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber chose to save Keisha and eliminate Cleo.NEWS, Reviewing the Situation: Week Two Result, BBC, 2008-04-06,weblink 2008-04-06,

Week 3 (12/13 April)

Arthur Byrne was announced as the third Oliver semi-finalist on the Saturday show.The show performances and missions were: {| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;"|+ Contestants' performances on the third live show! scope="col" | Act! scope="col" | Order! scope="col" | Song! scope="col" | Result ! scope="row" | Rachel Tucker| 1December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)>Oh, What a Night"| Safe ! scope="row" | Sarah Lark| 2Cabaret (1972 film)#The score>Maybe This Time"| Safe! scope="row" | Francesca Jackson| 3| "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"| Safe style="background:lightblue;"! scope="row" | Keisha Amponsa-Banson| 4| "The Lady Is a Tramp"| Bottom 2 ! scope="row" | Ashley J Russell| 5| "The Winner Takes It All"| Safe ! scope="row" | Jodie Prenger| 6| "Send in the Clowns"| Safe ! scope="row" | Niamh Perry| 7| "Moon River"| Safe ! scope="row" | Jessie Buckley| 8One Night Only (song)>One Night Only"| Safe style = "background:pink" ! scope="row" | Tara Bethan| 9Let's Hear It for the Boy (song)>Let's Hear It for the Boy"| Eliminated! scope="row" | Samantha Barks| 10Somewhere (song)>Somewhere"| Safe
  • Panel's verdict on who was not Nancy:
    • John Barrowman: Tara Bethan
    • Denise Van Outen: Keisha Amponsa-Banson
    • Barry Humphries: Tara Bethan
  • Sing-off:
    • Keisha Amponsa-Banson and Tara Bethan were in the sing-off, with Keisha having received the lowest number of viewers votes. They sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (from the film The Wizard of Oz).
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber chose to save Keisha and eliminate Tara.

Week 4 (19/20 April)

Kwayedza Kureya was announced as the fourth Oliver semi-finalist on the Saturday show.The show performances and missions were: {| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;"|+ Contestants' performances on the fourth live show! scope="col" | Act! scope="col" | Order! scope="col" | Song! scope="col" | Result ! scope="row" | Jodie Prenger| 19 to 5 (Dolly Parton song)>9 to 5"| Safe ! scope="row" | Samantha Barks| 2Hurt (Christina Aguilera song)>Hurt"| Safe style="background:lightblue;"! scope="row" | Ashley J Russell| 3I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)>I Wanna Dance with Somebody"| Bottom 2 ! scope="row" | Niamh Perry| 4| "Wind Beneath My Wings"| Safe ! scope="row" | Keisha Amponsa-Banson| 5| "My Heart Will Go On"| Safe ! scope="row" | Jessie Buckley| 6Why Do Fools Fall in Love (song)>Why Do Fools Fall in Love"| Safe ! scope="row" | Sarah Lark| 7| "Midnight Train to Georgia"| Safe style = "background:pink" ! scope="row" | Francesca Jackson| 8What's Love Got to Do with It (song)>What's Love Got to Do with It"| Eliminated ! scope="row" | Rachel Tucker| 9The Way We Were (song)>The Way We Were"| Safe
  • Panel's verdict on who was not Nancy:
    • John Barrowman: Keisha Amponsa-Banson
    • Denise Van Outen: Keisha Amponsa-Banson
    • Barry Humphries: Francesca Jackson
  • Sing-off:
    • Ashley J Russell and Francesca Jackson were in the sing-off, with Ashley having received the lowest number of viewers votes. They sang "Whistle Down The Wind" (from the musical of the same name).
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber chose to save Ashley and eliminate Francesca.

Week 5 (26/27 April)

Alexander Hockaday was announced as the fifth Oliver semi-finalist on the Saturday show.The show performances and missions were: ! scope="col" | Act! scope="col" | Order! scope="col" | Song! scope="col" | Result style="background:lightblue;"! scope="row" | Niamh Perry| 1Valerie (The Zutons song)>Valerie"| Bottom 2 ! scope="row" | Rachel Tucker| 2I'm with You (song)>I'm with You"| Safe ! scope="row" | Jessie Buckley| 3Stop! (Sam Brown song)>Stop!"| Safe ! scope="row" | Sarah Lark| 4Ironic (song)>Ironic"| Safe style = "background:pink" ! scope="row" | Keisha Amponsa-Banson| 5| "I'm Outta Love"| Eliminated ! scope="row" | Ashley J Russell| 6Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)>Evergreen"| Safe ! scope="row" | Samantha Barks| 7| "Since U Been Gone"| Safe ! scope="row" | Jodie Prenger| 8| "I Have Nothing"| Safe
  • Panel's verdict on who was not Nancy:
    • John Barrowman: Keisha Amponsa-Banson
    • Denise Van Outen: Ashley J Russell
    • Barry Humphries: Keisha Amponsa-Banson
  • Sing-off:
    • Keisha Amponsa-Banson and Niamh Perry were in the sing-off, with Keisha having received the lowest number of viewers votes. They sang "The Rose" (from the film of the same name).
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber chose to save Niamh and eliminate Keisha. Before announcing his decision he said, "First, I'm going to say this is a complete and utter travesty, neither of you should be in the bottom two, it's completely wrong. I've been put into a situation that I have never wanted to be in. For the first time on a television show, I am angry." And after choosing to eliminate Keisha, he told her, "You were absolutely wonderful. I think you have a huge career ahead of you and all I can say is that I'll do anything I can to help you."At the end of Keisha's final performance, he can be seen to leave the stage prematurely.
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Week 6 (3/4 May)

Harry Stott was announced as the sixth Oliver semi-finalist on the Saturday show. The Olivers voted to choose one Nancy to perform with them on the Results Show and chose Sarah. Andrew Lloyd Webber worked with each of the Nancys in the week before the show to improve their performance, focusing on their acting abilities. He also gave each Nancy a "master class" to learn the sing-off song.The show performances and missions were: {| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;"|+ Contestants' performances on the sixth live show! scope="col" | Act! scope="col" | Order! scope="col" | Song! scope="col" | Result ! scope="row" | Jodie Prenger| 1Luck Be a Lady" from ''Guys and Dolls (musical)>Guys and Dolls"| Safe style = "background:pink"! scope="row" | Sarah Lark| 2Mr. Bojangles (song)>Mr. Bojangles"| Eliminated style="background:lightblue;"! scope="row" | Rachel Tucker| 3| "For Once in My Life"| Bottom 2 ! scope="row" | Samantha Barks| 4Sway (Luis Demetrio song)>Sway"| Safe ! scope="row" | Niamh Perry| 5| "They Can't Take That Away from Me"| Safe ! scope="row" | Jessie Buckley| 6| "The Man that Got Away"| Safe ! scope="row" | Ashley J Russell| 7| "Big Spender"| Safe
  • Panel's verdict on who was not Nancy:
    • John Barrowman: Jodie Prenger
    • Denise Van Outen: Sarah Lark
    • Barry Humphries: Ashley J Russell
  • Sing-off:
    • Rachel Tucker and Sarah Lark were in the sing-off, with Rachel having received the lowest number of viewers votes. They sang "As If We Never Said Goodbye" (from the musical Sunset Boulevard).
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber chose to save Rachel and eliminate Sarah, saying "I have to think as a producer and I do think Rachel was rock solid, and there were moments that I did think that maybe you were a bit fragile", adding "but you were wonderful and you did exactly what I asked."NEWS, Reviewing the Situation: Week Six Result: Sarah was the sixth Nancy out., BBC, 2008-05-04,weblink 2008-05-09,

Week 7 (10/11 May)

Laurence Jeffcoate was announced as the seventh Oliver semi-finalist on the Saturday show. The Olivers voted to choose one Nancy to perform with them on the Results Show and chose Niamh. During the week Lloyd Webber took the Nancys to the O2 Arena to see Celine Dion in concert.The show performances and missions were: {| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;"|+ Contestants' performances on the seventh live show! scope="col" | Act! scope="col" | Order! scope="col" | Song! scope="col" | Result ! scope="row" | Jessie Buckley| 1Fighter (Christina Aguilera song)>Fighter"| Safe style = "background:lightblue"! scope="row" | Niamh Perry| 2True Colors (Cyndi Lauper song)>True Colours"| Bottom 2 style="background:lightpink;"! scope="row" | Ashley J Russell| 3| "I Say a Little Prayer"| Eliminated ! scope="row" | Samantha Barks| 4Survivor (Destiny's Child song)>Survivor"| Safe ! scope="row" | Jodie Prenger| 5| "If I Ain't Got You"| Safe ! scope="row" | Rachel Tucker| 6| "You've Got a Friend"| Safe
  • Panel's verdict on who was not Nancy:
    • John Barrowman: Jessie Buckley
    • Denise Van Outen: Ashley J Russell
    • Barry Humphries: Rachel Tucker
  • Sing-off:
    • Ashley J Russell and Niamh Perry were in the sing-off, with Ashley having received the lowest number of viewers votes. They sang "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" from the musical Evita.
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber chose to save Niamh and eliminate Ashley saying, "I've said Niamh is a little young for this, and I was very hard on you, Ashley," then saying "In the end, I've got to save Niamh." To Ashley he said, "I do want to say that you are a fantastic talent, but you don't communicate it on stage," adding that he would love to work with her one-day, and that her drama students "should be very proud."NEWS, Reviewing the Situation: Week Seven Result: Ashley was the seventh Nancy to leave., BBC, 2008-05-11,weblink 2008-05-11, {{Dead link|date=October 2010|bot=H3llBot}}

Week 8 (17/18 May)

Week eight was the quarter-final stage of the series. Jonny Clowes was announced as the eighth and last Oliver semi-finalist on the Saturday show with Gareth Borrow, Jordan Li-Smith, Joseph McNamara and Sam Cotton leaving after the Saturday show.The Nancys were joined by five of the finalists from Any Dream Will Do - Daniel Boys, Lewis Bradley, Ben James-Ellis, Keith Jack and Rob McVeigh to perform a group number. They were paired up: Rachel and Daniel; Jodie and Lewis; Jessie and Rob; Samantha and Ben; Niamh and Keith.The show performances and missions were: {| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;"|+ Contestants' performances on the eighth live show! scope="col" | Act! scope="col" | Order! scope="col" | Song! scope="col" | Result ! scope="row" | Jodie Prenger| 1| "Holding Out for a Hero"| Safe style = "background:lightblue"! scope="row" | Rachel Tucker| 2| "I Will Always Love You"| Bottom 2 ! scope="row" | Samantha Barks| 3Defying Gravity (song)>Defying Gravity"| Safe ! scope="row" | Jessie Buckley| 4| "How Do I Live"| Safe style="background:lightpink;" ! scope="row" | Niamh Perry| 5| "Don't Speak"| Eliminated
  • Panel's verdict on who was not Nancy:
    • John Barrowman: Jessie Buckley
    • Denise Van Outen: Niamh Perry
    • Barry Humphries: Niamh Perry
  • Sing-off:
    • Niamh Perry and Rachel Tucker were in the sing-off, with Niamh having received the lowest number of viewers votes. They sang "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" from the musical Evita.
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber chose to save Rachel and eliminate Niamh saying, "Niamh, if I was casting Evita, I would seriously think of you for that role," adding, "Rachel I thought you handled it well, you warmed into the song." Of Niamh he said, "your voice just needs time to mature and I wouldn't be surprised if you weren't up for a major leading role when you're twenty."
NEWS
, Reviewing the Situation: Week Eight Result, Niamh was the eighth Nancy to leave.
, BBC
, 2008-05-18
,weblink
, 2008-05-22,

Week 9 (24/25 May)

Week nine was the semi-final stage of the series. On 23 May the BBC announced that Cameron Mackintosh would be joining the panel for the semi-final to give his opinion on the four remaining Nancys and to announce, with Lloyd Webber, which three boys they chose as Oliver and that he would also be on the panel for the Grand-final.NEWS
, Another Chair Please! Sir Cameron is joining the panel this weekend
, BBC
, 2008-05-23
,weblink
, 2008-05-23, The four Nancys also appeared on The Paul O'Grady Show on Channel 4 singing "Oom-Pah-Pah".
NEWS
, When They Sing Oom-Pah-Pah. It's all go go go for the girls left in the competition
, BBC
, 2008-05-23
,weblink
, 2008-05-23,
Gwion Jones, Harry Stott and Laurence Jeffcoate were announced as the three winning Olivers on the Saturday show with Lloyd Webber saying, "Cameron and I agree we have three very different Olivers, but I think it's a great result and I think whichever Oliver you go and see you're going to get a fantastic performance." And Mackintosh adding, "The talent we have unearthed has been terrific."Cameron Mackintosh confirmed that Rowan Atkinson will be performing the part of Fagin in the stage show. The four remaining Nancys were divided into pairs, The Northern Nancys and the Celtic Nancys for two group performances.The show performances and missions were: {| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;"|+ Contestants' performances on the ninth live show! scope="col" | Act! scope="col" | Order! scope="col" | Song! scope="col" | Result style = "background:pink"! scope="row" | Rachel Tucker| 1Cabaret (musical)#Original song list>Cabaret"| Eliminated ! scope="row" | Jessie Buckley| 2A Chorus Line#Musical numbers>What I Did for Love"| Safe style="background:lightblue;"! scope="row" | Samantha Barks| 3| "When You Believe"| Bottom 2 ! scope="row" | Jodie Prenger| 4Fame (soundtrack)>Out Here on My Own"| Safe
  • Panel's verdict on who was not Nancy:
    • John Barrowman: Jessie Buckley
    • Denise Van Outen: Jessie Buckley
    • Barry Humphries: Jodie Prenger
    • Cameron Mackintosh: Jodie Prenger
  • Sing-off:
    • Rachel Tucker and Samantha Barks were in the sing-off, with Samantha having received the lowest number of viewers votes. They sang "Memory" from the musical Cats.
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber chose to save Samantha and eliminate Rachel, although he expressed severe disappointment with the result, saying "Last night Cameron and I were both saying that we thought both of you would be fantastic Nancys and now here am I faced with this. But I've got to make a decision and I've got to think of where the show ultimately for Cameron is going to go and I think I have to go with you Samantha.
NEWS
, Reviewing the Situation: Week Nine Result Rachel was the ninth Nancy to leave
, BBC
, 2008-05-25
,weblink
, 2008-05-25,
In the week following the show, it was claimed that Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh had fallen out over Lloyd Webber's decision to eliminate Rachel Tucker who Mackintosh had wanted to see in the final. Lloyd Webber said, "The fact is Cameron wanted Rachel to stay. He wanted Rachel and Samantha in the final from the beginning of the series. Rachel did a fantastic performance but I had to face up to the fact that she wouldn't have gone any further. What I may think professionally is sometimes different from what the public want. I saved Rachel three times and she still ended up in the bottom two."NEWS
, Kilkelly
, Daniel
, Nancy judges fell out over Rachel's exit
, Digital Spy
, 2008-05-31
,weblink
, 2008-06-03,
In the week the semi-final aired, the four semi-finalists did a photoshoot for Now magazine recreating some of Madonna's iconic images. Jodie posed in a wedding dress to recreate the cover of the album Like a Virgin; Jessie copied a pose, wearing a black dress, from the music video for the song Like a Prayer, Samantha was dressed in hotpants copying the pose from the cover of the 2008 album, Hard Candy and Rachel posed in a cowboy hat, recreating the cover of the album Music.NEWS
, Roberts
, Laura
, The Nancies as you've never seen them before: I'd Do Anything trio pose as Madonna
, The Daily Mail
, 2008-05-27
,weblink
, 2008-05-27,

Week 10 (31 May)

Week ten was the final week of the show and the Grand-final when the winning Nancy was revealed. Both shows aired live on Saturday with the main show starting at 6:00pm and the Results show at 8:45pm. The finalists were Jessie Buckley, Jodie Prenger and Samantha Barks.On 30 May, Andrew Lloyd Webber revealed that Cameron Mackintosh was concerned about Jodie Prenger's "curvaceous figure" saying, "Cameron thinks she is a bit too big and has more or less said so". However, Webber defended Prenger, saying that she had both the vocal talents and personality for the role, saying "Jodie could be anybody's idea of Nancy - I can see it absolutely. She has got a lovely voice and a super personality. She has experience as well."NEWS
, Fletcher
, Alex
, Webber: 'Cameron doesn't want big Nancy'
, Digital Spy
, 2008-05-27
,weblink
, 2008-05-27,
Also on 30 May, the BBC announced how voting would work in the final. With all the decisions now being from the public vote, the voting lines opened at the start of Show One. At the end of Show One, the finalist with the lowest number of viewers votes, Samantha was eliminated and therefore finished third. The voting lines then re-opened to vote for the series winner, with all the votes cast for the remaining two Nancys carried over. Then in Show Two the final two Nancys went head-to-head before the winner was announced as Jodie.NEWS
, The Live Final: How the voting will work on Saturday
, BBC
, 2008-05-30
,weblink
, 2008-05-30,
The three finalists were taken to Paris in the week leading up to the show. In London they met and had a "Master Class" with Liza Minnelli. All twelve Nancy finalists and all twelve Oliver finalists also performed. Lee Mead also performed on Show One. In Show two both Jessie and Jodie performed Nancy's love ballad "As Long as He Needs Me".The show performances were: {| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;"|+ Contestants' performances on the tenth live show part 1! scope="col" | Act! scope="col" | Order! scope="col" | Song! scope="col" | Result ! scope="row" | Jodie Prenger| 1| "Son of a Preacher Man"| Safe style = "background:pink" ! scope="row" | Samantha Barks| 2Anyone Who Had a Heart (song)>Anyone Who Had a Heart"| EliminatedNEWS
, Reviewing the Situation: Final, Samantha came third in the competition
, BBC
, 2008-05-31
,weblink
, 2008-05-31,
! scope="row" | Jessie Buckley| 3| "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"| Safe{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;"|+ Contestants' performances on the tenth live show part 2! scope="col" | Act! scope="col" | Order! scope="col" | Song! scope="col" | Order! scope="col" | Song! scope="col" | Result style="background:lightgreen;"! scope="row" | Jodie Prenger | 1| "As Long as He Needs Me"| 3| "I Have Nothing"| Winner style="background:#ff9;"! scope="row" | Jessie Buckley| 2| "As Long as He Needs Me"| 4| "The Man That Got Away"| Runner-Up
  • Judges' verdicts on who was Nancy:
    • John Barrowman: Jodie Prenger
    • Denise Van Outen: Jodie Prenger
    • Barry Humphries: Jessie Buckley
    • Cameron Mackintosh: Jessie Buckley
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber: Jessie Buckley
  • The Final Vote
The final vote was then announced and it was revealed that the winner was Jodie Prenger with Andrew Lloyd Webber saying, "The people's Nancy. Jodie was always going to be the people's choice." Cameron Mackintosh added, 'I'm thrilled for Jodie, congratulations!'NEWS
, Reviewing the Situation: Final Results, Jodie is Nancy!
, BBC
, 2008-05-31
,weblink
, 2008-05-31,

Reception

In March 2008, the BBC drew criticism from American actor, Kevin Spacey, the artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre Company for airing shows such as I'd Do Anything and Any Dream Will Do which he claimed were distorting the theatre market in favour of musicals instead of straight plays.NEWS, Midgley, Neil, Simon Cowell responds to Kevin Spacey's Andrew Lloyd Webber comments, Daily Telegraph, 2008-04-18,weblink's-Andrew-Lloyd-Webber-comments.html, 2008-05-09, Spacey said, "I felt that was essentially a 13-week promotion for a musical - where's our 13-week programme?" and that he thought the BBC's talent shows were "crossing the line" and "unfair". The BBC responded that it "always reflected" other West End shows in its talent programmes. Adding that the shows were not unduly promotional and that the shows "celebrate musical theatre generally, not just one West End show". They also pointed out that the BBC had no commercial interest in the West End productions of Oliver!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat or The Sound Of Music.NEWS, Spacey complains over BBC shows, BBC, 2008-03-31,weblink 2008-05-09, Spacey's comments were criticised by Simon Cowell who stated, "It sounds like Russia in the Sixties, that mentality. I don't think that applies to the modern world. What the BBC does is very good for the West End because it reminds millions of people what the West End is all about – they're going to sell a lot of tickets off the back of that."On 19 April it was revealed that Spacey had apologised to Andrew Lloyd Webber for his comments.NEWS, Kevin's put back in his Space, The Sun (United Kingdom), The Sun, 2008-04-19,weblink 2008-05-09, On 31 May 2008 it was revealed that the show regularly received over 6 million viewers.NEWS
, Hastings
, Chris
, 20 million tune in for talent show finals
, The Daily Telegraph
, 2008-06-01
,weblink
, 2008-06-01, The first programme of the series which aired on 15 March, before the first live shows two weeks later, was watched by 5.5 million viewers, 24.2% of the total audience, in what the Entertainment and Media website Digital Spy described as "a weak debut".
NEWS
, West
, Dave
, 'I'd Do Anything' makes weak debut
, Digital Spy
, 2008-03-17
,weblink
, 2008-05-26,
After the week five shows it was revealed that the Saturday show was watched by 5.6 million viewers, 27% of the total audience, which although 0.5 million down on the previous week, was still 200,000 above the slot average. This was slightly ahead of the third episode of All Star Mr & Mrs, on ITV1 which had 5.2 million viewers (25.2%).NEWS
, West
, Dave
, Nancys pip 'Mr and Mrs' in the ratings
, Digital Spy
, 2008-04-28
,weblink
, 2008-05-26,
The final shows on 31 May were shown on the same night as the finals of the second series of Britain's Got Talent on ITV1 although the shows did not clash directly apart from a short period toward the end of Show one of I'd Do Anything. The total number of viewers for both shows was given as 20 million.

Ratings

Ratings taken from BARB.{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"! Show! Date! Official rating(millions)! BBC1 weekly ranking! Share| 24.2weblink| 24.7weblink| 27.9weblink| 24.0weblink|30.3weblink|26.7weblink|22.7weblink|26.0weblink|27.1weblink|22.8weblink|27.5weblink| 24.0weblink|27.6weblink|26.3weblink|27.0weblink|30.0weblink|25.8weblink|30.4weblink|29.9weblink|30.7weblink 31 May 2008 5.461032.3weblink|31.0%Average6.03 {{n/a}}27.2%

Format future

In September 2008, Lloyd Webber announced that he would not be returning to the BBC in 2009 for another series as he wished to concentrate his efforts on his latest musical. He would, however, be returning to BBC screens in 2010 with a brand new search to find a new Dorothy for The Wizard of Oz, to which his company, The Really Useful Group, recently acquired the rights.WEB, Plunkett, John, Andrew Lloyd Webber rules out BBC1 talent shows in 2009, The Guardian, 2008-09-08,weblink 2008-09-10,

References

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External links

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