I'd Do Anything Nancy finalist Keisha Amponsa-Banson lives in London. Keisha, who is 23 years old, is a keen performer who has previously had singing lessons. Currently she she is a student and part-time sales assistant.
Sorry Keisha - You're not Nancy. Keisha Amponsa-Banson was the fifth Nancy hopeful to be knocked-out of the competition on Sunday 27 April 2008.
Keisha once wrote a Christmas jingle for the film Jingle Bells Jingle Bells and appeared on 'Saturday Disney' when she was 11.
Will the public select Keisha 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 Keisha Amponsa-Banson sang the Dinah Waskington song 'Mad About the Boy'. Afterwards John Barrowman said: "It was very confident, it was sexy, it was smooth - but is it too sophisticated to be a Nancy? Let's see something different next time." Denise Van Outen said: "Keisha, Wow! You're hot! You would send Bill Sykes crazy with desire! And you have the most fantastic, beautiful voice - well done!" Andrew Lloyd Webber said: "I think you have the young Shirley Bassey in you."
Sunday 30 March 2008: The first 'Results Show' when the results of the public telephone votes where announced - and Graham Norton revealed that Keisha Amponsa-Banson 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 Keisha Amponsa-Banson sung that Pink song 'Get The Party Started'. Graham Norton told the Judges that Keisha was trying to portray warmth - "Did she hit the mark?" he asked. John Barrowman replied: "You have a strong vocal but, Keisha, to me you didn't meet the Bassey challenge. In comparision to Niamh's performance, it was just slightly bland." Denise Van Outen said: "Keisha, I have to agree with John I'm afraid. That was the perfect song. I wanted to see if I could see the moment in the show Oliver! when Nancy bursts into the pub - and you had the perfect song to do that, and to me it was like you where an entertainer at a kids party. It was all very wide eyed and all very cutey and nice, it wasn't Nancy." Barry Humphries said it was "another feisty, dynamic performance from Keisha." Andrew Lloyd Webber commented, "Keisah, if you are going to be Shirley Bassey, the girl from Tiger Bay, we do need more tiger in the tank I'm afraid, it is just not quite their yet. But I think you've got it their, just go for it a little bit more."
Sunday 6 April 2008: The second 'Results Show' - Before they the results of the public telephone votes where announced, Graham Norton asked the judging panel who, based on this weeks performances only, they thought was NOT Nancy - both Denise Van Outen and Barry Humphries said they thought that this week Keisha was not Nancy. Graham then revealed the results of the public votes - Keisha had come bottom, along with Cleo Royer who has come second from bottom - so they had to both perform in front of Andrew Loyd Webber in the nerve-racking 'sing-off' - this week the song was 'I Know Him So Well' from the musical Chess. Afterwards Andrew chose to save Keisha - which means that she returns next week.
Saturday 12 April 2008: For the third BBC I'd Do Anything 'knock-out' shows Keisha Amponsa-Banson sang 'The Lady is a Tramp' from the musical Babes in Arms. Afterwards Graham Norton asked: "Denise, you where harsh last week on Keisha, how are you feeling tonight?" Denise Van Outen replied: "Well we have to be harsh because it is getting tougher this competition. Keisha I was harsh with you last week, and rightly so I felt you where all eyes and teeth. You have toned that down a light bit tonight, however I still don't see you being a victim of Bill Kykes and I don't know why, maybe I need to see something a bit rawer, like understated from you maybe next week." Barry Humphries commented: "Keisha, you showed last week how good you are under pressure, which is marvellous. But the pressure of eight shows-a-week is another matter. That was a showbusiness performance, I would like to see something more." John Barrowman said: "Keisha you've got the Nancy voice, you've got the Nancy look, for me that was performed a little like it was on a cruise ship I want to see you next week - you deserve to be - I want it brought down a litle bit, toned down, I want to see a tougher edge, we're seeing it from everybody else, you need to be tougher." Andrew Lloyd Webber concluded by saying: "Now it is a little unfair for everybody to say 'look that is a little bit of a cruise ship performance', because this is an ultimate, it's a Rodgers and Hart song from the thirties with a strange lyric - 'I'm broke, that's oke!' - which or course is 'broke' and 'okay', I only worked that out this afternoon! But I think you did it wonderfully because you were performing in that style of that period, so really, very well done to you - I'm very, very glad I saved you."
Sunday 13 April 2008: The third 'Results Show' - Before they the results of the public telephone votes where announced, Graham Norton asked the judging panel who, based on this weeks performances only, they thought was NOT Nancy - Denise Van Outen said: "Because I haven't seen her act and connect with the words during her song yet, I'm going to say Keisha." Graham then revealed the results of the public votes - Keisha had come bottom of the public telephone votes for the second week running. This week she had to perform in the sing-off song with Tara Bethan who had come second from bottom. The sing-off song choosen this week was 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' from the musical The Wizard of Oz. Afterwards Andrew Lloyd Webber had the task to save one Nancy: "Once again, the most difficult job there really is I think. We have two very talented performers and I have to think about the eight shows-a-week aspect and I want to think about the connection with the material itself - I'm going to save Keisha!" Thus Keisha gets saved by Andrew for the second week-in-a-row which means that she returns next week.
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 Keisha Amponsa-Banson sang the Celine Dion song 'My Heart Will Go On'. Afterwards Denise Van Outen said: "I was very concerned last week. I know that for you this has been a very, very tough last couple of weeks and I can see that you came out here fighting today, however I am still a little concerned - I still feel that you really don't connect with the words. There is a differance when you are giving a really heartfelt song in the way you performed that, for instance, in the way Samantha performed her song - I felt there was more raw emotion there." John Barrowman commented: "I kind of have to disagree with you on this, Denise, because I actually thought Keiasha that you were there emotionally tonight, and it was a very different emotional perforamnce than you have ever given before, but I do think in the begining there was a little bit flat in the voice, just a little under pitch, and there was a little crack in the middle there. But when you get to the big bits you sell it, and that for me was probably the best you've done so far." Denise: "I do think that was the best performance you've given, but for some reason I just don't believe what you are singing, that is what happened before." Barry Humphries said: "I thought it was a warm and powerful performance, I've not been sure of you before, but you delivered the song and I felt you lived the song." Watching the show on television via a live video link in Las Vegas was Andrew Lloyd Webber who concluded by saying: "I'm very proud tonight that you came through as well as you did. I thought it was a very, very good performance. Yes, I understand what Denise is talking about, I think there are some valid points there but something I have to think myself is that Oliver! is not my musical, and it is not my production, and therefore I have to try and imagine what Cameron Mackintosh would really want in this show. I have a feeling, knowing Cameron as I do, that he would agree with me that there is something within you which we must try and prove before this programme is through."
Sunday 20 April 2008: The 'Results Show' - Before they the results of the public telephone votes where announced, Graham Norton asked the judging panel who, based on this weeks performances only, they thought was NOT Nancy - both John and Denise said 'Keisha', but, much to her relief, when the results of the public telephone votes where announced by Graham Norton it was revealed that Keisha had secured enough votes to go straight through to next week's programme without have to perform in the dread sing-off for a second time.
Saturday 26 April 2008 This week on the BBC I'd Do Anything programme Keisha Amponsa-Banson sang the Anastacia song 'I'm Outta Love'
Sunday 27 April 2008: The Results Show' - Graham announced the results of the public votes - Keisha had come bottom of the public telephone votes for the third time. This week she had to perform in the sing-off song with Niamh Perry who had come second from bottom. The sing-off song choosen this week was 'The Rose'. Afterwards Andrew Lloyd Webber had the task to save one Nancy, and he decided to save Niamh, so this week Keisha had to leave the competition. The television programme then concluded with Keisha saying good-bye by leading the remaining Nancy finalists in an ensemble version of 'Be Back Soon/As Long As He Needs Me'.