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Final - I'd Do Anything Essay Entertainment Performing Arts

 
TV: Fictions & Entertainments
 Anne van Zantwijk 
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Student: Anne van Zantwijk 
Course: TV: Fictions & Entertainments
Tutor:
Craig Haslop
Date: 16 may 2013
 I’d Do Anything 
 
The creation of musical stardom on national television

Thousands auditioned, one by one they fell. Now, only three remain. Jessie, Jodie
and Samantha. They‟ve had a week they‟ll never forget. And tonight, a new West End
star is born. The Lord can only sit and watch. You and your votes are now in control.
Who will you choose as your Nancy?

 
- Graham Norton, presenter 
 I’d Do Anything 
 
In 2006, the BBC launched a talent show that would be different from the reality TV shows
we had seen so far. The program was not looking for a new pop star, like
 Pop Idol, Britain’s
Got Talent 
and
The X Factor 
have been doing for several seasons before. It was not searching
for the most
talented dancer of the year, like the BBC‟s
Strictly Come Dancing,
nor for the
most graceful ice skater 
like ITV‟s
 Dancing on Ice
. This was not just any comp
etition. This
show would be searching for 
girls from „normal‟ backgrounds
who were ready to give up
their life to follow their dream of becoming a musical star, and play Maria in the West End
musical
The Sound of Music.
Under the lead of musical composer and producer Andrew
Lloyd Webber, the successful talent show
 How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria
would
encourage the public to vote for their favourite contestants, in order to make sure that the
most popular performer would eventually be seen on stage in the West End.
Soon, more seasons would follow. After the search for Maria, which was a “real boost
for musical theatre in Britain” according to Webber, he could not wait “to get them involved
in
 Any Dream Will Do,”
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which would be searching for a new Joseph in
 Joseph and the
Technicolor Dream Coat.
And with
 I’d Do Anything 
(the search for 
 
Oliver’s
 Nancy),
Over the
 Rainbow
(the search for 
The Wizard of Oz’s
Dorothy) and, most recently, the search for Jesus
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