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They're not Maria! But it's Connie, Siobhan and Helena for the final

Category: TV Entertainment; BBC ONE

Date: 09.09.2006
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In tonight's How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, hosted by Graham Norton on BBC ONE, best friends Abi and Aoife bit the dust as the public chose their three finalists.


This week, Maria's mission was a chemistry test where John Barrowman surprised the girls by snogging them unexpectedly - a task the girls embraced with relish.


As the first show came to an end after five energetic performances, the viewers' least favourite Marias - Abi and Aoife - had to sing-off with Any Dream Will Do from Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and show the Lord of the Theatre that they were worthy of a place in next week's final.


Knowing this was the final week where he would get to save someone, Andrew Lloyd Webber was von trapping himself and really feeling the pressure.


He chose to save Aoife: "Thinking about the casting and what we have to do for this show, I'm saving Aoifie."


On Abi, Andrew said: "There's no doubt she has great wit and comic timing. I'm not sure about Maria, I'm really not."


Then in the second show tonight, after John Barrowman's performance of Robbie Williams' Have You Met Miss Jones?, the two least favourite were Aoife, again, and Siobhan.


After a tense sing-off with Don't Cry For Me Argentina from Evita, Andrew made his final saving decision of the series and chose to save Siobhan, leaving Aoife devastated that she had not made the final.


Andrew said: "Talk about dilemma! I have to think about acting and singing. I have to think it's a musical at the end of the day and it's about singing. And for that reason I have to think Siobhan."


The finalists for next week are Connie Fisher, 23, from Pembrokeshire; Siobhan Dillon, 22, from Staffordshire; and Helena Blackman, 23, from Southampton.


One of these three will win a six month leading-role contract to play Maria in the new West End version of The Sound of Music.


Next week, only the viewers can decide who will win this chance of a lifetime.


Notes to Editors


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Songs this evening were:


Opening number


I Have Confidence - The Sound of Music (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Richard Rogers)

Helena - My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion (music by James Horner, lyrics by Will Jennings)

Connie - If I Can't Have You - Saturday Night Fever (words and music by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb)

Abi - Maybe This Time - Cabaret (music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb)

Aoife - Footloose - Footloose (music by Kenny Loggins, words by Dean Pitchford and Kenny Loggins)

Siobhan - All That Jazz - Chicago (lyrics by Fred Ebb, music by John Kander)


Sing-off one


Any Dream Will Do - Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (words by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber)

Guest Singer - Oh! What A Girl! - Simply Red (words and music by Hucknall/Andy Wright/Gary Go)


Mission number


Theme: Have You Met Miss Jones? - Robbie Williams


Sing-off two


Don't Cry For Me Argentina - Evita (lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber)


Departing song


So Long, Farewell - remaining Marias and departing Marias (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Richard Rogers)






Category: TV Entertainment; BBC ONE

Date: 09.09.2006
Printable version


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