Any Dream Will Do Joseph finalist Antony Hansen comes from Abington, near Oxford and is 17 years old. Antony is currently studying Performing Arts Theatre Studies and Music Technology at college.
Sorry Antony Hansen - you're not Joseph. Antony was voted out of the Any Dream Will Do television show on Saturday 28 April 2007. He said afterwards: "I knew tonight that I wasn't on form - and that the other guys were. I'm a better performer for just being in this competition, though, and I'd urge everyone who has a dream to perform to go out on a limb and have a go." Antony was the 3rd Joseph finalist to be knock-out
When younger Antony was involved in amateur dramatics. His stage experience includes singing the songs 'Any Dream Will Do' and 'You'll Never Walk Alone' at the Royal Albert Hall, backed by a massed choir.
Antony has worked both in telesales and as a garage attendant but believes he will make an ideal Joseph saying that he would be "a fresh, new face that people will want to see time and time again and it would be a dream come true to play Joseph.
In an interesting coincidence, Antony Hansen is the youngest of 12 brothers - as well as being the youngest of the 12 Any Dream Will Do Joseph hopefuls!
Antony said: "I may be the youngest, but I want this part more than any of the other guys. As far as being the youngest, I don't see myself as being at a disadvantage to the others. Before I got to the final 12 I was just a regular school boy - I've sort of put all my A Levels on hold at the minute. A couple of months ago I was sat in a classroom, now I'm here preparing for the most important night of my life and I'm quite nervous! I just want to get out there and show them what I've got!"
Antony auditioned in London. Following the final concert held at the Abymill Theatre in Fethard, Ireland, the Any Dream Will Do Judges - Andrew, John, Bill and Denise - had great difficulty in choosing the final 12 Josephs - Antony was on of the seven hopefuls who where called back to perform again in front of the Judges, but Antony made it through to the final 12 Joseph finalists - will Antony be Joseph in the new West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre in London?
28 April 2007: The third of the BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows and Antony Hansen sung the Take That song 'Patience'. Zoe Tyler told him: "I wish your voice was as beautiful as you look." After all the remaining Joseph finalists had sung and the public votes had been added up it was announced that Craig Chalmers had scored the lowest votes and Antony had come second from bottom, so Craig and Antony had to do the sing-off which this time was the Bryan Adams' number 'Everything I Do'. After the song Andrew Lloyd Webber said: "This is so difficult, I was looking at my panel because they were both great performances, but I think tonight, just on balance, I'm going save ... Craig." Thus Antony had to leave, but not before singing one final song - 'Close Every Door' from the musical Joseph - with the remaining nine Joseph finalists. Antony Hansen said afterwards: "I knew tonight that I wasn't on form - and that the other guys were. I'm a better performer for just being in this competition, though, and I'd urge everyone who has a dream to perform to go out on a limb and have a go."
21 April 2007: The second of the BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows and Antony Hansen sung The Doors version of 'Light My Fire'. Afterwards the Judging Panel was asked by Graham Norton what they thought for Antony's performance - Denis told Anthony "You are as cute as a button. The only thing I find watching you is sometimes you look a little stiff on stage and you just need to kind of loosen up a little bit - look like you are enjoying it. You just need to relax a little bit more and show you're enjoying it, and you have to interact with the girls, that is really important, so I want to see more acting." Bill said: "Antony, you could be a Joseph, but you've got to get out of that comfort zone, it is OK to twinkle, have a little look at Denise, but embrace the audience a little bit more, but you could be Joseph, well done." Zoe commented: "I'm going to let the boys (Rob and Antony) into a secret. You two where the two I was most worried about that wouldn't pull it off vocally tonight with those songs because of of you where quite flat in rehearsal - but you both pulled it off for me tonight, absolutely fabulous." Andrew concluding by commented "My, goodness me, if you're stiff, I'm going onto my funeral pire! I thought you where terrific and you definately could be a Joseph." After all the Joseph hopefuls has sung, and the public votes where added up, it was announced that Antony had secured enough votes to get through to the next programme, next week.
14 April 2007: For the first of the BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows Antony Hansen sung I Don't Want To Miss A Thing. Afterwards John Barrowman exclaimed: "Antony, wow you blew me away!" Denise van Outen added "Antony, I don't know why, but I love you!" Andrew Lloyd Webber concluded by saying "Antony, I worried about you getting that top note, but you got it absolutely fantastically." After all 12 Joseph finalists had sung, Graham Norton asked the panel of Judges who they thought should go this week - Zoe said that Anthony should go. But, once all the votes had been counted, it was revealed that Anthony had enough votes to go straight through to the next programme of Any Dream Will Do.