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Lloyd Webber begins latest star search

1 of 2 Host Graham Norton and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Host Graham Norton and Andrew Lloyd Webber
2 of 2 Panel members Sheila Hancock, Charlotte Church and John Partridge
Panel members Sheila Hancock, Charlotte Church and John Partridge

Ten contestants were selected on Saturday night to take part in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest talent search for a new West End star to take the lead role of Dorothy in 'The Wizard of Oz'.

Only half of the 20 performers who made the shortlist for 'Over the Rainbow' survived the last cut by the judges on Saturday night.

The three Irish contestants failed to make the final ten and are now hoping to win the wildcard spot. They are 19-year-old Katie Honan, Philippa O'Hara, 23, from Belfast and Emma Warren, 20, from Dublin.

However an eleventh contestant will hope she impressed the British voting public enough to perform when the full live shows get underway next weekend. Phone lines opened on Saturday night with the winner being revealed next weekend.

Lord Lloyd-Webber said Judy Garland's movie performance was "iconic" but he was not looking for an impersonation and wanted a modern Dorothy. "I'm looking for a girl who's a bit feisty. It's got to be a Dorothy who's got a bit of edge," he said.

The contestants with a guaranteed place include glamour girl Amy Diamond, who had a small role in BBC1's 'Hustle', and Sophie Evans, who made it through to boot camp in 2008's 'The X Factor'.

Also through is Steph Fearon, whose father Phil Fearon was in the 1980s band Galaxy and whose mother Dorothy Fearon sang on the 1994 Baby D hit 'Let Me Be Your Fantasy'.

The 20 who made the shortlist from thousands of applicants were split into groups of four for Saturday night's performances.

Each group performed a pop song and a song from a famous musical.

West End leading ladies Ruthie Henshall ('Chicago'), Mel C ('Blood Brothers'), Kerry Ellis ('We Will Rock You'), Tamzin Outhwaite ('Sweet Charity') and Sheridan Smith ('Legally Blonde') offered the groups advice on their performances.

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