I'd Do Anything Nancy finalist Jessie Buckley is from County Kerry in Ireland. Jessie, who is 18 years old, plays four musical instruments.
Jessie has been performing since the age of seven, when she stared in a school production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, although she has been turned down by not one but two drama schools.
Will the public select Jessie to be Nancy in the new West End production of Oliver at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London?
Saturday 29 March 2008: At the first of the BBC I'd Do Anything 'knock-out' shows Jessie Buckley sung the Tina Turner song 'River Deep Mountain High'. Afterwards John Barrowman said: "Jessie - the Emerald Isle would be so proud of you! You are so young, you have a great sound, a great voice, a fantastic talent - you are like a wild Irish pony BUT can you be the thoroughbred? That is what I want to see OK?" Denise Van Outen said: "Just the one tip from me - be careful with your posture when you are performing. You have the most fantastic stage presense and voice but you tend to shape yourself like this [hunches over] and you play everything down. When you are in the West End, on stage, you need to play everything out to your audience, but if you master that then you will be a superstar - you are fantastic!"
Sunday 30 March 2008: The first 'Results Show' when the results of the public telephone votes where announced - and Graham Norton revealed that Jessie Buckley had gained enough votes to go straight through to next week's I'd Do Anything programme.
Saturday 5 April 2008: For the second BBC I'd Do Anything 'knock-out' shows Jessie Buckley sung the Roberta Flack song 'Killing Me Softly'. Graham Norton asked Denise: "You had worries last week with Jessie's posture, did she pick up on those notes?" Denise Van Outen replied: "Absolutely, Jessie, I am so pleased you took my note and worked on it, it has made so much differance - 100 times better when you play out, it was lovely. There's a special quality about you when you perform." John Barrowman: "Jessie, I have one word for you - perfection!" Barry Humphries told Jessie: "You touch the heart with your performance and you have those qualities that Nancy needs - defiance and tenderness - both of them combined." Andrew Lloyd Webber concluded by saying: "Jessie, my goodness, it is not so much 'killing me softly' with your song, or his song, or anybodies, it was like pinning me to the back wall with your talent. You are an extraordinary, extraordinary performer. You may not know it yet, and I think Denise did exactly the right thing because there is so much for you to learn but, my goodness, goodness, if you learn it you are going to go so far, it is not possible."
Sunday 6 April 2008: The second 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Jessie had secured enough public telephone votes to go straight through to next week's programme.
Saturday 12 April 2008: For the third BBC I'd Do Anything 'knock-out' shows Jessie Buckley sung the song 'One Night Only' from the musical Dreamgirls. Afterwards Denise Van Outen commented: "Wow, that for me was the performance of the night. With that you could win this competition. It was bootiful, absolutely bootiful!" John Barrowman said: "Jessie, I was going to try to pick things apart, but you know what, that was flawless. I can't do it, I can not do it - that was a flawless performance." Barry Humphries commented: "I quite agree with others about you Jessie, you had that bruised quality, but you are very brave and strong." Andrew Lloyd Webber concluded by saying: "Jessica, 'one night only'? I can say one thing to you: 'eight shows a week only'!"
Sunday 13 April 2008: The third 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Jessie had secured enough public telephone votes to go straight through to next week's programme without have to perform in the dread sing-off.
Saturday 19 April 2008: This week on the BBC I'd Do Anything programme the fourth Nancy Finalist was due to leave the competition, to leave just eight Nancy hopefuls. For this programme Jessie Buckley sang the Frankie Lymon song 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love?' Afterwards John Barrowman commented: "You're consistent, you are so easy to watch, you have such great vocal control, but there is something about your movement that is still getting me, it is almost like - I know you where swaying and doing all that stuff - but it is like longer movemnts, I'd like see something bigger next week, more dancing and let's see if you can cope with that. I think you move from position to position and stands still and does a lot of upper body shaking." Denise Van Outen said: "I think I can solve this for you: In Week One I said there was a problem with your posture - I think it looks to me like you've become very self-conscious, so I think you just need to loosen that up a little bit, that could be the problem." Barry Humphries said: "You've always been a favourite of mine, I like that crooked smile as a matter of fact, and I do like your movement because it is kind of 'cultist' you might we say, you'd be the youngest Nancy in history I would say! I just wonder that your strength is as a singer - is it matched by your strength as an actress? I'd like to see you do something more dramatic next week, more dramatic." Watching the show on television via a live video link in Las Vegas was Andrew Lloyd Webber who concluded by saying: "It's a poppy, little bubbly song - not nesscesarility the best one to show that you could be Nancy. It is kind of interesting for me - I would love to, when I get back home, to get to work with you girls [Jessie and Sarah] because I think there is so much that could be got out of you that I don't think has quite happened."
Sunday 20 April 2008: The 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Jessie had secured enough public telephone votes to go straight through to next week's programme without have to perform in the dread sing-off.
Saturday 26 April 2008 This week on the BBC I'd Do Anything programme Jessie Buckley sang The Spice Girls song 'Stop'.
Sunday 27 April 2008: The 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Jessie had secured enough public telephone votes to go straight through to next week's programme without have to perform in the dread sing-off.
Saturday 3 May 2008 What will Jessie Buckley sing this evening? Will she get enough public votes to go through to next week's programme - or will she have to perform in the 'sing-off' and hope she gets saved by Andrew Lloyd Webber.