Sunday, 31 August 2014

Where are they now? How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?

Connie Fisher

After Winning the reality TV she went on to perform in the West End production of The Sound of Music from November 2006 until February 2008 where Summer Strallen took over the role. She went on to reprise the role of Maria in the 2009 UK tour of the show. She has released two solo albums, My Favourite Things in 2006 and Secret Love in 2009. In 2012 she played Ruth in the UK tour of Wonderful She is currently working on presenting and has recently appeared on our screens in her documentary 'I'll sing Once more'@Conniefisher1

Helena Blackman 

Since the programme she has played Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady, Maria in The Sound of Music (Kilworth House), Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music (Bahrain Theatre Festival), Linda in Gay's The Word (Finborough Theatre), Lily/Rose in The Secret Garden (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Helen Fogel in Saturday Night (Arts Theatre),  Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (UK Tour), Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Leicester Haymarket), Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy (Millennium Centre, Cardiff), Anna in Bur First This (Watermill Theatre) Millie in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK tour), Blue Girl in Shout the Musical (Winter Garden Theatre, Blackpool) and most recently Caroline Neville in Titanic (Charing Cross Theatre). @helenablackman  

Siobhan Dillon 

After coming third on the show, Siobhan went on to play the role of Patty Simcox in the rival of Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre. She also understudied the roles of Marty and Sandy, in 2010 she returned to the production and took over the role of Sandy. She took over the role of Sally Bowles in the UK tour of Cabaret in 2009 and reprised the role opposite Will Young in 2013. She also went on to play Vivienne in Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre) Claire in Ex (Soho Theatre) and Molly in Ghost (Piccadilly Theatre) and Ellen in Miss Saigon (Prince Edward Theatre).  She went on to play Betty in Sunset Boulevard at the ENO opposite Glenn Close and has just reprised the role on Broadway. @siobhandillonuk
Aoife Mulholland

After the reality programme Aoife went on to play Roxie in the musical Chicago at the Cambridge theatre, she played the role in 2006 and 2008. After coming fourth in the TV show she played the role of Maria at the London Palladium, she was cast as the alternate to Connie Fisher. She played the role twice a week, she stayed with he production until August 2008. She has also performed at the Royal Albert Hall in the Concert version of Chess, starring Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal as well as originating the role of Brooke Wyndham in the London production of Legally Blonde. She now is a vocal coach in Ireland. @AoifeMulhollan1
 Abi Finley

After the programme Abi went on to play the role of Miranda in Betwixt! at the Kings Head Theatre. She has since appeared as Jane in Gareth Peter's 'Bluebird the Musical' alongside I'd Do Anything finalist Sarah Lark and Ramin Karimlooensemble and covered the role of Sheila in a German production of the HAIR, Molly Brown in The Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Landor Theatre, Serena Katz in the UK tour of Fame. 

Leanne Dobinson 

Leanne has played Snow White opposite Marti Webb at the Theatre Royal, Windsor. After she went on to play Flo Simpson in Make Do And Mend at The Theatre Royal Nottingham. She made her West End debut as Cosette in Les Misérables at The Queens Theatre  on 23 June 2008, where she remained until June 2009. @leanne_dobinson
Simona Armstrong

Since the programme she has made appearances in A Touch of Frost, The Bill, Love Soup, Synchronicity, and Doctors. In 2008 she was featured on the TV show Eurovision: Your Decision, hoping to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest. Simona reached the audience voting stages, but was not selected as one of the two finalists.She played the role of Maria in Lend Me A Tenor at The Vienna English Theatre. She was most recently seen in the UK tour of The Perfect Murder  alongside Les Dennis. 
Meliz Serman 

Meliz was eliminated third, she is currently in a band called Meliz. 

Belinda Evans 

Belinda went into the cast of The Phantom of the Opera in London's West End after being eliminated from the show. She has since had a career performing in Operas, some of her credits since the show include Edith in The Pirates of Penzance (Charles Court Opera), Mimì in La bohème (Opera Up Close, Olivier Award winning production), Micaela, Carmen (Opera Novella), Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte (Savannah Philharmonic)  Undine, in For the Love of Undine (Oops for theatre) and most recently Despina in Così fan tutee (Pavilion Opera).  Belinda is currently Artist in Residence on Garsington Opera's Opera for All project - which aims to bring opera to isolated coastal communities. @BelindaBeeEvans

Laura Sicurello

After the programme, she went into a one-year MA scholarship in musical theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She has been featured in pantomimes, they include Dick Whittington at the Greenwich Theatre in 2007, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 2009 and 2008. 

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