1. BBC One

Lauren

Lauren Samuels: Over The Rainbow Dorothy

Name
Lauren Samuels
Age
22
Home Town
London
Dorothy Colour
Cerise

Lauren started singing lessons at the age of 13, although she started private LAMDA tutorials at the Hinkley Speech and Drama Studio at the age of seven and began her ballet classes at the age of two!

When Lauren was born she had a condition which meant she had to wear two hearing aids. She stunned doctors at the age of 18, however, when her hearing came back to a normal capacity.

She believes that Dorothy has a lot of balls and guts which she says she has - she wants to be a funny Dorothy, with lots of spark. She would also love to put all her training into action in the role. She feels that she is as impulsive as Dorothy is, and that like her, she is constantly striving for bigger and better things.

Lauren's progress


The final


The past Dorothys, Danielle, Lauren and Sophie opened the first show with a show stopping Wizard of Oz Medley. Lauren took to the stage for her solo performance of I Could've Danced All Night. After the winning Toto was revealed it was time for the result.

Lauren finished in third place and left the competition via the giant moon.

Show 9


Lauren impressed the judges with her performance of Heaven. She also went head to head with Danielle in the Duet Duel and performed in the special Kansas version of I Can't Say No.

There was some umbrella action during the Mash Up and then it was time for The Result. Lauren found herself in The Sing Off but was saved by The Lord giving her a place in next week's final.

Show 8


After wowing the panel and The Lord last week Lauren hopes that she can continue the upward spiral with her performance of Being Alive from the musical, Company.

However she found herself in the first of this week's double eviction sing offs with Jenny peforming Bridge Over Troubled Water for The Lord. It's a painful decision and he chose to save her so Jenny waved goodbye and sang Over The Rainbow for one final time.

It was musical week and the Dorothys came together for an electrifying version of Defying Gravity from the hit musical, Wicked. Their mission performance was Talk To The Animals. Finishing off the show, the final five Dorothys took to the stage to perform a medley of all things Oz...

In the Sunday show the Dorothys mashed up songs from Fiddler On The Roof, Gwen Stefani and Black Eyed Peas with Matchmaker, To Life, Rich Girl and I Gotta Feeling. The Dorothys get paired up with one the Top five Totos.

Show 7


After impressing the panel last week with a big ballard, Lauren wanted to repeat her success during Big Band week and knock the panel's socks off with her version of The Man That Got Away and she did just that.

She shone in the group performance of The Happening and the Dorothy mash up of Well, Did You Evah, Get The Party Started and Wild Thang. Going on to make sure nobody, this week, would be able to rain on her parade.

Show 6


Having found herself in the sing off the week before, Lauren stepped up and impressed the panel with her song choice last week. Taking to the stage with Nobody Knows, will she be able to do the same again?

Group performances this week started with the Dorothys opening the show with a unique version of The Tinman's If I Only Had A Heart, from The Wizard of Oz. Sophie, Jessica, Danielle and Steph performed Oklahoma from the musical of the same name. Charlotte performed Enough is Enough (No More Tears) with the Dorothys and then they mashed up Lady Gaga and Fred Astaire with A Fine Romance, Bad Romance Just Dance and Paparazzi.

Show 5


Having found herself in the sing off last week Lauren wanted to prove to The Lord that he did the right thing by saving her. She avoided the sing off again with her version of Sway.

Group peformances this week were Michael Jackson's Ease On Down The Road, taken from the film The Wiz and Buenos Aires, in heels. Mashed up was Losing My Mind from Follies, Crazy In Love by Beyonce and Crazy by Gnarls Barkley?

Show 4


She failed to impress the panel and audience with her version of I'll Never Fall In Love Again and found herself in the sing off with Bronte performing What I Did For Love. Fortunately she made it through.

The Dorothys got together this week for The Wizard of Oz classic, Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead, Judy Garland's Get Happy, Can't Stop The Beat from Hairspray and a mash up of Money and Madonna's Material Girl.

Show 3


A powerful performance of the Leona Lewis' version of Run.

All the Dorothys came together for Merry Old Land of Oz and a mash up of Anything You Can Do and Broken Heels.

Show 2


Katie, Bronte, Lauren and Claire Harbourne perform Duffy's Rain On Your Parade as their first number and Legally Blonde from the musical of the same name, for their second performance.

Show 1


Selected to be in the final 20 Dorothys from thousands of auditions.

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.