Bronte Barbe's became the latest hopeful to be voted off 'Over The Rainbow' last night as the search continues for a leading lady to play Dorothy in 'The Wizard Of Oz' on the West End.
The 18-year-old, from Macclesfield, Cheshire, became the second contestant to be eliminated from the BBC1 show. She found herself in the sing-off against Lauren Samuels after the pair received the fewest public votes following Saturday night's performances by the 10 Dorothy finalists.
Lord Lloyd-Webber said Barbe "half-cracked it" following her rendition of KT Tunstall's hit 'Suddenly I See'. But after the pair performed again - singing 'What I Did For Love' from 'Chorus Line' - he used his casting vote to save Samuels despite saying both were in his top five.
"I truly am gutted with this," he said. "You were both in my top five."
Lord Lloyd-Webber said he based the decision on the fact Samuels, 22, had more experience and told Barbe: "You're a fantastically talented girl. You must keep in touch."
After her elimination, Barbe said: "I just can't believe I've been offered this opportunity. I didn't want it to end. I do feel a bit robbed but I think anyone in this position would feel that way and someone had to go. I'm going to go on and do something great."