Over The Rainbow Preview: The Wizard Of Odd
OVER THE RAINBOW: Friday March 26th, BBC1, 9pm ALERT ME
Andrew Lloyd Webber is back after two years absent from our screens (presumably he needed that time to regenerate his physical form, much like Sauron) and he’s brought Graham Norton along for the ride again.
This time he’s looking for a new Dorothy for The Wizard of Oz, so thousands of girls will have their pigtails and gingham dresses at the ready in a desperate bid to don those famous ruby slippers.
Not only is he looking for someone that could fill Judy Garland’s sparkly red shoes, he’s looking for a canine star to play Toto. What was that golden rule of showbiz? Never work with children or animals. If the sound of yapping doesn’t float your boat on a Friday night, then you might want to give this a miss (and that’ll be even before the dogs get on stage).
Following the success of his previous talent shows – the terrifyingly creepy Any Dream Will Do – truly the stuff of nightmares and How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, it was only a matter or time before Sir Melty Face moved on to yet another hit musical.
I expect Kevin Spacey will be clenching and unclenching his fists in impotent fury again. He was really upset that Lloyd Webber was essentially getting free advertising for the West End shows by staging the talent contests – a fair point really. Much like how X Factor is a three month advert for the Christmas number one. Sadly I can’t really see a Rage Against The Machine musical spoiling that party any time soon.
The judging panel looks a little different this year, this time featuring Sheila Hancock and John Partridge (Christian from EastEnders – a veteran of the stage apprarently) and pop star Charlotte Church. But we couldn’t have a TV show that relies on a panel of experts could we? Nope. As usual, the viewing public will get to vote and choose the winner over the coming weeks.