Well, after 9 weeks of great TV – we are there. Not long to find out who the winner is now. Who will it be? I have a feeling it will be close between Sophie and Danielle but we will see. Of the girls, Sophie keeps telling us on the VT “I’ve grown.” My nan used to say this to me even when I was 25 and had stopped, so Sophie – don’t always believe it! Has she grown enough though? Lauren claims she wants the role more than anything. Methinks, she isn’t going to get it as the public don’t get her. Danielle describes the role as a dream and one which could and should come true.
Andrew has chosen the first set of songs and they really vary His reason for giving them these songs is because he wants a Dorothy who can “act, sing, dance and has a sense of comedy.” So why is one of the songs the terrible “Seventy-Six Trombones?” Moving on…..
Sophie is first up with the sweet (see ‘saccharine’) “Tomorrow” from Annie. She does a good performance of this one dimensional song but there is no movement and no real acting to speak of, as she simply sings. It’s cute and she always looks the right side of innocent for the role. Her voice is stronger than it ever was but she is fairly wooden and at the moment I don’t believe the words.
Ruthie Henshall sends a message from New York praising the lass and I think she wil get through tonight, but only because Lauren has not got the same following. The Judges praise her with Sheila saying she has “True glamour.” John does a Barrowman and says “Wales has a winner in you!” He should have thumped his chair like the Wisteria Lane resident used to, it has more meaning if you “punch-the-air-each- time-you say -a winning -piece- of-advice- babe-eeee !” (Snap- it- out!). Charlotte says: “Your face is emotive.” (Is it?!!!)
Lauren is next up and the narrative seems to be “Why don’t you like me?” The poor girl is then forced to say: “Maybe the public haven’t warmed to me.” Amen, sister. Her song is “I Could Have Danced All Night” and she performs well but there is something one note about her facial expressions now when she ‘acts.’ She puts a wide eyed look on her face and runs around the stage as if to say “Why me?” and it now looks tired as I have realised why she is not popular, she never plays a character well or lives the song. She hits the high notes, sure and has an amazing range in her voice, but she does the same performance week on week. The editing is also to blame, as she nowmay as well have villainess music playing whenever she speaks.
Sheridan Smith praises her but tweeters will know she is on holiday from Legally Blonde, so Dunc will have to text her the result.
John Partridge says Lauren is “not the most unpopular girl on the planet” and calls her “Sensational” but will the viewers agree? Well, they like humble and this girl is not that. Although Connie had a similar disposition and she got through. But they are still quite different. Charlotte describes Lauren’s ace card as “the best voice.” Sheila makes me spit out my wine by saying that early on Lauren was “Ice, teeth and tits” but now “allows the joy to come out.” She adds that “they cannot sack me as it’s the last show!” I hope they have her back as she has been one of the best judges on these types of show. I love her honesty, as she does not fear the Lord.
Danielle finally tells us all where she comes from, Urmston, which always makes me smile as I think of a Victoria Wood chracter in Dinnerladies who grunts the name of this place like a swear word. Danielle’s song is the aforementioned awful “76 Trombones” and the choreography does her no favours, as it does not showcase a future star. In fact, she seems out of breath and uncomfortable. She has the worst song out of the three girls and I cannot, for the life of me – think why she has been saddled with it. Does Andrew want Lauren through? Tamsin Outhwaite sends her love from the Haymarket and has tweeted her regards and best wishes tonight.
The Judges love this girl and John says: “You are a star.” Sheila criticises the song choice but praises Danielle. There is nothing from Charlotte as Andrew has a go back at Sheila for dissing the song choice. But she was only saying what we are all thinking.
Dorothys sing and dance alongside the lead characters
This gives us a chance to judge them beyond their solo numbers. Lauren plays the same role again, ‘Lauren.’ Danielle buries “76 Trombones” and proves she can still act. Sophie lacks the edge in the acting department, her voice is pure and she looks the part but she is still stiff.
We see unintentionally hilarious footage of the wannabe Totos and their female owners. Each proud girlfriend, I mean owner talks the dog up and we cut to footage of the animals lying on the floor, performing tricks, looking cute and singing “Over The Rainbow” – I jest, of course but you get the picture. Dangerous Dave is the winner and Jodie Prenger hams it up a dog judge/celeb. Is it me or has she morphed into Nancy? She almost slaps her thigh everytime she speaks now? I see this girl as a Big Brother host now, rather than a West End star as she is as hammy as Davina McCall.
I’m not referring to the Nicole Kidman film, but the other Dorothys. They all go and see Sister Act together, Jenny’s second West End show, ever – whoop whoop! They then sing an Alicia Keys song for no reason whatsoever. I yawn!
I think we know how this is gonna go, but here are the results anyway. Danielle is through (thank god!), followed by Sophie. Lauren is going home. although Andrew says as if to get revenge on the viewers: “You know my phone number and I know yours!” And, off she pops over the rainbow and hands her shoes back. Lauren will have a career. Daniel Boys was painted as a middle class trained actor; i.e the villiain on Any Dream Will Do. Since then audiences have seen the real him and he has not stopped working.
So, who will win? As you know, I want Danielle to win but I have a feeling Sophie could take it, as she looks like every little girl’s Dorothy. Not a good enough reason for her to win, look at Jodie now for proof of what can happen and I mean this in a bad way, as she is now ‘all smiles and end-of-the pier’ but we loved her on the show. So, fingers crossed, it’s Danielle.
I will be back!