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Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Return of the Jodi, or Any Nancy Will Do


Yes, tonight the nation has voted for the Nancy to star in Cameron Mackintosh's forthcoming West End production of Oliver! (see earlier post for details). Let's think back to last weekend, when the panel were evenly divided as to whether Jodie or Jessie should be eliminated: and of course the viewers at home ensured that the one binned would be Rachel or Samantha.

This week, then , no surprise that the contestant voted into third place was Samantha. After that, all the panellists were invited to pick their Nancy (after voting had finally closed). John Barrowman and Denise van Outen went for Jodie, while Barry Humphries, Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber all went for Jessie.

Naturally, then, Jodie won (this is the same TV phone-in public that gave us Andy Abrahams as our Eurovision entrant, for God's sake). OK, clearly some other people not totally addled by Buckfast see something in Jodie (Barrowman and van Outen aren't idiots), but for the life of me I can't understand what. I do wonder how she'll feel when the euphoria wears off and she realises that neither the chief judge nor, more significantly, the person who will be paying her salary as Nancy wanted her in the job. Their faces when Jodie was singing showed a mixture of boredom and faint panic which made that very plain. And I thought their comments after her win were masterpieces of tact:

ALW: You're the people's Nancy. That was always going to be the people's choice, I thought.

CM: I'm thrilled for Jodie.

As Jodie at the time was, I think, still running round like a cross between a newly-sprayed wasp and an end credit from The Benny Hill Show she may have missed them. And as a good opinion of herself is a star quality she doesn't lack, she might not understand anyway.

After Any Dream Will Do, the last five Josephs all did pretty well in terms of getting theatre work, mostly indeed in Joseph, either as understudies or touring productions. I am consoled, therefore, that we shall at some point see more of Jessie, Niamh, Rachel and Samantha. But I shan't be going to see Jodie in Oliver! Not only The People's Nancy, but Rowan Atkinson as Fagin? Hmmm. 10/10 for imagination, but ..... I can't imagine who is Bill Sykes. Ricky Gervais, perhaps.

Still, let us end on a genuinely positive note. In the month when manuscripts by William McGonagall (Poet and Tragedian of Dundee) were sold at auction for £6,600 we should all remember that posterity can find a place for even the least talented, so long as they are both sufficiently unskilful and sufficiently self-deluding to be funny.


At 01 June, 2008 09:29, Anonymous Phil said...

Big, bold, brassy, reminds you a bit of Ethel Merman, will actually be genuinely quite good in the numbers that involve little more than sustained bellowing in an off-the-peg Cockernee accent.

Apart from that, pass. (And if the Great British Voting Public gave us Andy Abrahams, remember that John Barrowman gave us Scooch.)

At 01 June, 2008 12:16, Blogger Rob said...

Well, there is that.

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