Any Dream Will Do Joseph finalist Chris Barton comes from Ormskirk in Lancashire. Chris, who is 20, is currently studying for a National Diploma in Musical Theatre at Liverpool Theatre College.
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Sorry Chris Barton - you're not Joseph. Chris was the fifth Joseph hopeful to be knocked out of the Any Dream Will Do television show on Saturday 5 May 2007. Afterwards Chris said: "I'm obviously very disappointed, after getting a taste of being on stage I don't want to go back to my old life. I can't thank Andrew and the panel enough for this experience."
Chris started singing when he was just four years old when he saw his first show - Joseph! Chris says that he "remembers sitting on the edge of my seat without blinking the whole way through. I grew up on the music and knew Joseph was my dream role. To be given a chance to play him is an opportunity of a lifetime. I think I'd bring a new, fun and fresh energy to the character," adding that "I come from a family of performers and now this is my chance to shine. My Mum, Grandad and Nanna where all champion ballroom dancers, but I started the singing - I'm not sure where I got that from, as they're tone deaf! When I was four I set up a theatre in the living room and Grandad used to sit there with a torch as a spotlight, and ever since that day he has always wanted me to do well. Sadly my Grandad won't be able to be in the television studio, but I know he'll be cheering me on, and I just can't wait to impress him - and he'd better vote for me!"
Chris enjoys playing the piano and says that loves live theatre so much that if he could go to see a show every night, he would!
Chris B auditioned in Manchester. After the final concert held at the Abymill Theatre in Ireland, Chris B was asked to sign again for the Judges - but Chris B made it through to the final 12 Joseph hopefuls, being selected third. Will the public select Chris B to be Joseph in the new West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Adelphi Theatre in London?
5 May 2007: For the fifth week of the BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows Chris Barton sung the Lionel Ritchie song 'All Night Long (All Night)'. Afterwards Denise Van Outen said "That was a plate of cheese tonight - you are brilliant singer but we need to toughen you up" and John Barrowman told him "You've not recovered from the knocks a few weeks back - we want the old Chris back and fighting." Once all the public votes where in for the first of the evening's knock-outs, Graham Norton announced that Chris had secured the lowest number of votes along with Craig Chalmers who come second from bottom - so these two had to do the dreaded sing-off. This week the song was The Beatles song 'The Long And Winding Road'. After the song Andrew Lloyd Webber said: to Chris: "I don't think a West End audience would ever have the confidence to see you in performance." So Andrew saved Craig which means that Chris was knocked-out of the Any Dream Will Do competition. Afterwards Chris said: "I'm obviously very disappointed, after getting a taste of being on stage I don't want to go back to my old life. I can't thank Andrew and the panel enough for this experience."
28 April 2007: The third week of the BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows and Chris Barton sung the Billy Joel song 'Tell Her About It'. Denise Van Outen said: "I pray the audience know how good you are." Chris managed to secure enough votes to get through the first of the night's two knock-outs. Prior to the results of the voting for the second knock-out being announced, Graham Norton asked the Judges who they thought, based on tonight's performance, was NOT Joseph - Denise van Outen said Chris, but the public didn't agree with her and Chris got enough public votes to sail through to next's programme!
21 April 2007: The second week of the BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows and Chris Barton sung the Jackson 5 song "I'll Be There'. Afterwards John said: "You had a great performance, although you are tired, you had a nice vocal - and for me tonight, Chris, you're my Joseph, so far." Bill added: "Chris, you've got it! No matter what it is, you've got it. You gave me one of the great, great moments of this series when you sung 'I'll Be There' - tingles from there to right down there. You own the song, you own the stage, tonight you own the show." Zoe commented "Chris, it was great, it was strong, it was fun, it was a focused vocal. When you sung, I got shivers the first time I heard you. Your voice is so smooth sometimes it is like chocolate - and I love chocolate!" Andrew concluded by saying "Well Chris, we talked about this song - you where first up when we where rehearsing last week and I said 'how do we make this song work?' and I said it has to be completely about love and passion, and you delivered both. You where fantastic tonight." After all the public votes where added up it was announced that Chris had secured the least votes, so had to go into this week's sing-off with Johndeep who come second from bottom. The song choosen for the sing-off in front Andrew Lloyd Webber was the classic Beatles track 'Let It Be'. After they had sung a joint rendition of the song Andrew had to choose which one to save: "This is not the right result tonight. This puts me in a very difficult position because both of you really should be with us. I suppose I've got to think who in the end is likiest to play Joseph. So in the end, I'll save Chris." So Chris is saved and will return for next week's Any Dream Will Do.
14 April 2007: At the first week of the BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows Chris Barton sung Walking in Memphis. Afterwards John Barrowman told him: "I love watching you, you have a great voice, you have definite star quality. Keep going - go, go, go Joseph!" Denise van Outen said "I think you're a brilliant all round performer, I just hope, I'm sure you'll be here next week. I just want people to see him dance, because he is a fantastic dancer." Zoe Tyler concluded by saying: "Chris it was a controlled open vocal, I hope you're pround, you did a really good job." After all the Joseph hopefuls had sung the public votes where added up and it was announced that Chris was through to next week's programme of Any Dream Will Do.