Any Dream Will Do Joseph finalist Craig Chalmers comes from Edinburgh, Scotland. Chris, who is 25, currently works as a vocalist and entertainer.
Sorry Craig Chalmers - you're not Joseph. Chris was the seventh Joseph hopeful to be knocked out of the Any Dream Will Do television show on Saturday 26 May 2007. Afterwards Craig said: "I'm a totally different performer, and I've got you guys to thank. I'm so happy to have made the last five."
Craig has featured on the pop reality programme Pop Idol in 2003 when he managed to get into the last 30 before being knocked out. The following year he formed the boy band No Reason (along with Paul Martine, Craig Taverner and Tony Elliot) releasing the song 'Man Like Me' before the band split up. Craig now performs widely in Scotland at various private parties and events.
Craig says that he'd like to use his pop background to give Joseph a more up-to-date and modern image. "It is also a really fun role to play. I'm new to musical theatre and I feel I could give Joseph a fresh, edgy personality," adding "I really want to get myself from cabaret singer to West End leading man. I've been working in the pubs and clubs for a long time. Some nights can be great and you go home and you're buzzing and other nights you turn up and it's like the dingiest little pub you've ever seen. There's 20 people there, and then your changing room is like the smelliest little toilet you can imagine. Then you get a typical shout from one of the old guys in the crowd: 'You got any Showaddywaddy there you can put on?' They don't really care what you're singing about. I would just love for people to turn up to see me sing, rather than people just being there for the cheap beer. I want to be a West End leading man."
Craig auditioned in Glasgow. Having made it all the way through the audition process up to the final concert in front of the public at the Abymill Theatre in Ireland, Craig still had to sing again for the Judges who had great difficulty in selecting the final 12 Josephs. But Andrew Lloyd Webber told Craig he was through to the final!
26 May 2007: For the seventh BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' show all the songs featured qualities that every Joseph needs and Craig Chalmers was given the quality betrayal for which he sung the Elvis Presly song 'Suspicious Minds'. After Denise Van Outen told him: "Boy have you blossomed - a fantastic performance" and Bill Kenwright said: "You wowed the audience and please God you are here next week for the semi-final." Afterwards, when Graham Norton announced the results of the public voting, it was revealed that Craig had come second from bottom along with Ben Ellis who had come bottom, thus these two had to face each other in the dreaded sing-off when Andrew Lloyd Webber could only save one of them. This week the sing-off song selected was the Barry Manilow song 'Through The Rain' - afterwards Andrew said that he wanted to save Ben, thus Craig had to say good-bye and he concluded the programme by singing the song 'Close Every Door' along with the remaining four Josephs hopefuls. Craig said: "I'm a totally different performer, and I've got you guys to thank. I'm so happy to have made the last five."
19 May 2007: This week was the sixth of the BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows. Craig Chalmers sung the Michael Jackson song 'Black Or White'. Afterwards Zoe Tyler said "Craig does deserve to be here, he has worked really hard" and Bill Kenwright said "You've got a bigger heart than anyone else in the company, well done." Craig also sung the Barbra Streisand song 'Don't Rain On My Parade' along with Daniel amd Lee. After all the finalists had sung their songs Graham Norton asked the Judges, based on the evening's performances, who they thought was not Joseph - Denise Van Outen said Craig. But when Graham Norton revealed the results of the public telephone voting, it was announced that Craig had secured enough votes to go straight through to next week's programme.
12 May 2007: The fifth BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows and Craig Chalmers sung 'This Is The Moment' from the musical Jeckyll and Hyde. Afterwards Zoe Tyler told Craig "You were fantastic." John Barrowman said "That brought tears to our eyes - you deserve to be in this competition" and Andrew Lloyd Webber concluded by saying that it was "Phenomenal - it was brilliant, well done." When all the public phone votes had been added up it was announced that Craig had enough votes to go straight through to next week's programme of Any Dream Will Do.
5 May 2007: The fourth of the BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows and Craig Chalmers sung the Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons song 'December 1963 (Oh What A Night)'. After Bill Kenwright told him "You are great" while Zoe Tyler thought "That was more like a sack of spuds. Give me that star quality because I don't know if it's there or not." After all the public votes where added up it was announced that Craig had come second from bottom, so had to go into this week's sing-off with Chris Barton who scored the least number of votes. The song choosen for the sing-off in front Andrew Lloyd Webber was the classic Beatles track 'The Long And Winding Road'. After they had sung a joint rendition of the song Andrew choose to save Craig, saying to Chris: "I don't think a West End audience would ever have the confidence to see you in performance." So Craig is saved and will return for next week's Any Dream Will Do.
28 April 2007: The third of the BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows, this week two hopefuls were knocked-out. This week Craig Chalmers sung the Stevie Wonder song 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours'. John Barrowman said "You're finally coming out of your shell - thank goodness." Once all the public votes where in for the first of the evening's knock-outs, Graham Norton announced that Craig had secured the lowest number of votes along with Antony Hansen who come second from bottom - so these two had to do the dreaded sing-off. This week the song was the Bryan Adams' number 'Everything I Do'. Afterwards 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 Criag stayed for the next of the evening's knock-outs. Just before Graham Norton announced the results of the second public voting, he asked the panel of Judges who they thought, based on the evening's performances, who was NOT Joseph - Zoe Tyler said she thought Craig was not Joseph, but the public did not agree this time and Craig secured enough public votes to go straight through to next week's programme.
21 April 2007: This week on Any Dream Will Do Joseph hopeful Craig Chalmers was the second to sing, he sung the Michael Buble song 'Home'. Afterwards Bill told Craig that is "one of my very favourite songs. You came out, the smile came, I believed in it. You finished beautifully, a fantastic start." Denise though saud: "I disagree with Bill a bit about Craig - I do think you are lovely with a beautiful voice, but for me you just sit on the edge and I want to see do you. I know you are new to the acting game but at this stage of the competition you have to pull it out of the bag on this live show, otherwsie you are going to be gone. I know you feel the words, you just need to express it more, don't be shy, don't hold back." John commented that "I get the feeling that, when you are singing, you are apologising. I am not seeing the spark behind your eyes, I need to see that spark, because OK won't cut it - we need you to be fantastic." Zoe said I have to completely disagress with these two over here [Denise and John] it was a great performance, we have been working on it [opening the vocal], I think you did everything right, and the only ones that need to go home tonight are these two [Denise and John]." In conclusion Andrew said "I am sort of divided here because the song is about, isn't it, everything is fantstic, I'm in Paris, I'm in Rome, it's fantstic, but I just want to go home. I would have preferred more of a contrast. Still, we talked about that, but I did think you came through hugely better than it was when we where rehearsing it." When all the public phone votes had been added up it was announced that Craig had enough votes to go straight through to next week's programme of Any Dream Will Do.
14 April 2007: The first of the BBC Any Dream Will Do 'knock-out' shows and Craig Chalmers sung the song 'Try a Little Tenderness'. Afterwards John Barrowman said "I think Craig deserves to be here next week, but tonight I was rather disappointed. I think Craig your nerves got into the way. I really want to say you did a great job, but for me it was just nice, and leading men need to be more than nice, you need to be great. Denise van Outen though told Craig "I thought it was a great performance." while Zoe Tyler said: "Craig, you're going from cabaret singer to West End star, you have huge, huge potentional, but I think we need to do a little bit more work with you." In conclusion Andrew Lloyd Webber told him: "I do think you have to come up a notch, I think it is within you, I really do. You can come up a notch so let's hope you do." After all 12 Joseph finalists had sung, Graham Norton asked the panel of Judges who they thought should go this week - both Denise and John thought that Craig should go. But then it was announced that Craig has obtained enough public votes to go straight through to the next programme, next week.