I'd Do Anything Nancy finalist Jodie Prenge comes from Blackpool. Jodie, who is 28 years old, attended an all girl's school where she always seemed to get the male parts in school productions!
Congratulations Jodie! On Saturday 31 May 2008, Jodie Prenge was voted by the public to play the role of 'Nancy' on stage at the world famous London Palladium in Lionel Bart's classic musical Oliver! from 12 December 2008.
Jodie is a keen Salsa dancer. She has also been on television before, winning the The Biggest Loser show after a staggering eight stone weight loss.
Will the public select Jodie 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 Jodie Prenge sung the Adele song 'Chasing Pavements'. Afterwards John Barrowman told Jodie: "Love you to death, love the voice, so woman. The most important thing tonight - you connected with everybody, you told a story - and that is the making of a good Nancy." Denise Van Outen said: "I just love your vocal - you just melt me, it was so heartfelt. You know Nancy needs to have a lot of life experience and I see that coming through your performance it was absolutely brilliant!"
Sunday 30 March 2008: The first 'Results Show' when the results of the public telephone votes where announced - and Graham Norton revealed that Jodie Prenge 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 Jodie Prenge sung the Chaka Khan song 'I'm Every Woman'. Denise Van Outen said: "Jodie, I loved your performance. It was fantastic, however you just need to be a little bit careful because your background is cabaret - you sometimes do the 'cabaret' ending to your notes, so just be careful this is for the West End, this role." John Barrowman said: "Jodie, yes, you are showbiz but you know what? you represent every woman who watches this programme and you deserve to be in this competition. You are a Nancy contender!" Barry Humphries said: "Jodie that was very raunchy indeed and very powerful - and congratulation to you." Andrew Lloyd Webber concluded the comments by saying: "I thought it was a very good voice, but I don't really think the song suited you to be honest."
Sunday 6 April 2008: The second 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Jodie 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 Jodie Prenge sang 'Send in the Clowns' from the musical A Little Night Music. Afterwards John Barrowman said: "I thought it was spectacular. Jodie, cabaret has gone, that was lovely, that was simply beautiful and I'm actually a little speechless and that's a first." Barry Humphries commented: "I always thought of you as Jolly Jodie, like a beautiful barmaid, so I'd say, 'make mine a large one please, Jodie', but in that number, which is usually spoken, or croaked, by elderly actresses, you showed us what a great song it was and you had the poignancy that the character of Nancy needs." Denise Van Outen commented: "I thought that was a fanatastic performance tonight. You toned down the cabaret dial. You gave us a West End, Broadway, leading lady performance." Andrew Lloyd Webber concluded by saying: "We choose that song very deliberately for you to see whether or not you could come out of the cabaret world, and you know what, when I saw that VTR and I saw going again 'de da de daaaaa do do' I thought 'oh my goodness, is she going to get 'me he mid-air' and then you did it, and I thought Wow! because you actually took one of the most self deprecating, ironic and sophisticated songs probably ever written by Stephen Sondheim, or by anybody, and just made it your own. It was wonderful."
Sunday 13 April 2008: The third 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Jodie had secured enough public telephone votes to go straight through to next week's programme without having to perform in the dreaded 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 Jodie Prenge sang the Dolly Parton song '9 to 5'. Afterwards John Barrowman commented: "Fantastic performance Jodie, you've showed us a toned-down Jodie, you've showed us a showbiz Jodie - you're showing us all the colours of Nancy. If I was working 9 to 5 in an office with you, I'd gladly work overtime!" Barry Humphries said: "Jodie, that was dynamic, it was electric, it was fantastic. It could've been a bit of karaoke number, but you did something very special with it." Denise Van Outen said: "Jodie, I thought that was absolutely wonderful. It is a very hard song to sing, it is very very wordy, but you have fantastic diction, I heard every word - perfect for the West End. It was wonderful, keep going as you are because you did so well." Watching the show on television via a live video link in Las Vegas was Andrew Lloyd Webber who concluded by saying: "It was a fantastic performance and do you know what it does, it shows what this competition is all about - because you've got two completely constrasting girls [Jodie and Samantha] both giving fantastic performances."
Sunday 20 April 2008: The 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Jodie had secured enough public telephone votes to go straight through to next week's programme without having to perform in the dreaded sing-off.
Saturday 26 April 2008 This week on the BBC I'd Do Anything programme Jodie Prenge sang the Whitney Houston 'I Have Nothing'.
Sunday 27 April 2008: The 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Jodie had secured enough public telephone votes to go straight through to next week's programme without having to perform in the dreaded sing-off.
Saturday 3 May 2008 What will Jodie Prenge 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.