I'd Do Anything Nancy finalist Niamh Perry is from Northern Ireland. Niamh, who is 17 years, is currently studying A-level Drama.
Niamh is is classically voiced trained, and has sung a solo at the opening of Belfast's Grand Opera House.
Will the public select Niamh 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 Niamh Perry sang the Sheryl Crow song 'The First Cut is the Deepest'. Afterwards John Barrowman said: "Vulnerable, concise and straight to the point with your song and those words, I melt when you sing, I don't what it is, you win me over baby." Denise Van Outen said: "Niamh, you look like a young Bernadette Peters [a Broadway 'leading lady'], and you have the special quality that she has."
Sunday 30 March 2008: The first 'Results Show' when the results of the public telephone votes where announced - and Graham Norton revealed that Niamh Perry 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 Niamh Perry sang the Kiki Dee song 'I've Got The Music In Me'. Afterwards Denise Van Outen said: "Niamh, you said that you wanted to show that you where not a 'one-trick-pony'. I tell you what - you are a winning race horse girl! Great vocal, and when you are on a stage with a lot of dancers, it is really important that you grab the attention, and you gave a leading lady performance. I didn't even look at the dancers, I looked at you - you kept the focus. It was absolutely fantastic. If you are not Nancy, you are going to be a fantastic pop star and sell out arenas with that performance, it was absolutely brilliant. My concern is, I think you are brilliant, but I just wonder if your physicality and everything, if you are a bit too fragile to be Nancy, that is my only concern, but the performance was great." John Barrowman told Niamh: "That was a good strong vocal performance. That was wild, that was wicked, outstanding and wonderful. It was absolutely spot on."
Sunday 6 April 2008: The second 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Niamh 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 Niamh Perry sang 'Moon River' from Breakfast at Tiffany's. Afterwards Denise Van Outen commented: "I thought that was a beautiful performance. It was really stunning, your vocal was fantastic and I loved your fragility tonight, I thought it was great for the role of Nancy. You would make a very interesting and differant Nancy. Very engaging." John Barrowman said: "Well Niamh, I agree, your fragility could redefine the role of Nancy because that was absolutely spectacular - so emotional and so precise." Barry Humphries commented: "Niahm you have an hypnotic quality and a wonderful quality of stillness and made that song, which has an incomprehensible lyric, seem to make sense. I think you'd make a great Nancy, but you've got to punch through that sensitivity and be a bit tougher." Andrew Lloyd Webber concluded by saying: "What a fantastic performance, and I know you where a little bit worried about singing a song like that because it is a very adult song for you to do, but you looked like a young Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Absolutely wonderful."
Sunday 13 April 2008: The third 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Niamh 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 Niamh Perry sang the Bette Midler song 'Wind Beneath My Wings'. Afterwards Denise Van Outen said: "Niamh, that was simply gorgeous. I think you're captivating. You are so special and unique to watch - you're just a lovely, lovely singer, a wonderful performer. You give such a classy performance, it's brilliant." Barry Humphries said: "Niamh, again exquisite really. You have a wonderful candor in your performances. I don't ever see you as that coarse Eastend girl that Nancy really is, but you re-define the role - I've been Fagin to a lot of Nancys and I'd be very happy to take a curtain call with you." John Barrowman commented: "Your simplicity is beautiful to watch. Believe those compliments - you are good, trust me!" Watching the show on television via a live video link in Las Vegas was Andrew Lloyd Webber who concluded by saying: "Those wonderful Irish eyes you've got - mesmeric. And now you've added an Irish smile, which was wonderful, because that is the thing we have to see from you. It was a wonderful performance, you are great. Very, very proud of you."
Sunday 20 April 2008: The 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Niamh 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 Niamh Perry sang the Amy Winehouse song 'Valerie'.
Sunday 27 April 2008: The Results Show' - Graham announced the results of the public votes - Niamh had come second from bottom of the public telephone votes. This week she had to perform in the sing-off song with Keisha Amponsa-Banson who had come bottom of the public votes. 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 Niamh gets to return neek week.
Saturday 3 May 2008 What will Niamh Perry 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' for a second time and hope she gets saved again by Andrew Lloyd Webber.