Niamh’s Nancy Dream is Over
One young singer’s dream of appearing as Nancy in the new West End production of Oliver! were dashed on Saturday night. 17-year-old Niamh was the eighth hopeful to leave BBC One’s I’d Do Anything after a public vote on her performance of No Doubt’s hit ‘Don’t Speak’.
Rachel and Niamh were the least popular Nancys and Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to save Rachel. All five contestants performed contemporary songs they’d chosen themselves to prove they had the charisma and technical ability to take on one of musical theatre’s most challenging roles.
Denise van Outen said that Niamh’s performance “lacked punch tonight. It was more like a teenager having a tantrum than a West End leading lady. I do worry because you look so young, Niamh, and therefore have more to prove. And I haven’t seen it and I’m now questioning whether you are more suited to the role of Bette, Nancy’s best friend, than the role of Nancy.”
Fellow judge Barry said “That was certainly gritty that I think that’s what you were aiming for there is just one problem that I see and it’s not your fault. The star of the show is not Fagin, it’s not Nancy, but Oliver Twist and a group of small boys. The fact of the matter is a question of scale you are a comparatively small person so these boys are going to look like giants clustering around you. I see that as a serious technical problem.”
After the final verdict was given, Niamh said “I’m absolutely gutted to be leaving the competition but I’ve had the most amazing two months of my whole life.”
Jessie, Jodie, Rachel and Samantha will go on to next week’s semi final as the battle goes to win this life-changing role.