I'd Do Anything Nancy finalist Rachel Tucker is originally from Belfast. Rachel, who is 26 years old, trained at the Royal Academy of Music and currently works for a company that employs out of work actors.
She is a keen painter and decorator and enjoys sport, she has also just recently got engaged!
Will the public select Rachel 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 Rachel Tucker sang the Sugababes song 'About You Now'. Afterwards Denise Van Outen told Rachel: "I loved your performance tonight, I thought it was absolutely fantastic. That was the rawness, the roughness, the quality that we are looking for in Nancy and you gave it to us tonight - it was absolutely brilliant. I've got friends in the East End of London and you'd fit right in with them!" John Barrowman said: "Rachel, I really stuck my neck out for you to keep you in this competition, and you know what? - you were fantastic! fantastic! fantastic! That was so good, such a great performance."
Sunday 30 March 2008: The first 'Results Show' when the results of the public telephone votes where announced - and Graham Norton revealed that Rachel Tucker 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 Rachel Tucker sung the Christina Aguilera song 'Beautiful'. Graham Norton told the judges that Rachel was trying to show 'hidden honesty'. John Barrowman: "Rachel, your honesty gave me chills, that was beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! It really was. That was an exceptional performance, really covered the ground you wanted to." Barry Humphries told Rachel: "Small girl, BIG performance. Wonderful. Last week you where a saucy gutter-snipe, but there is a lot of emotional depth now, it was very impressive." Denise Van Outen said: "You're consistent - last week you were absolutely fantastic, tonight you were mind-blowing. You made that song your own. It was a superstar performance. You are the whole package for Nancy, and you have the best acting quality I've seen amongst the girls so far - watch and take note, ladies." Andrew concluded the comments by saying: "That song could have backfired on you, and when we where choosing it we thought that lyric could look like it was very self-serving because you are beautiful, and the fact you are singing in that way, it could have gone very wrong for you. Instead of which you made it triumphant because you actually turned the song around and it looked like a girl saying 'I'm beautiful' in order to convince herself and that was exactly what we wanted to hear."
Sunday 6 April 2008: The second 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Rachel 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 Rachel Tucker sung 'Oh What a Night' from the musical The Jersey Boys. Afterwards Denise Van Outen said: "Rachel, when you come out, you give us a show, week after week. You deliver every time. The way you perform, you're very secure in yourself and as an audience member that makes me feel very secure. I know you can do this eight times a week. It was fantastic." Barry Humphries commented: "Rachel, wonderful energy, vibrant, great. I've played the part of Fagin at least four times, in four separate productions over the years, and at the very first rehearsal of this show, way back in the early 60s, I was sitting in a rehearsal room and Georgia Brown, who was the original Nancy came in to the room and you have some of her great quality." John Barrowman said: "Rachel: Consistent, strong, definite leading lady contender. You definately could be my Nancy!" Andrew Llod Webber concluded the comments saying: "A really great Four Seasons song of course, and a fabulous, fabulous performance."
Sunday 13 April 2008: The third 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Rachel had secured enough public telephone votes to go straight through to next week's programme without have 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 Rachel Tucker sang the Barbra Streisand song 'The Way We Were'. Afterwards John Barrowman commented: "Rachel, Barbra Streisand we all have in our heads singing that, but not anymore girl, because you wiped the floor with that performance - that was the best performance of the evening in my eyes. Superb!" Barry Humphries said: "Certainly you were the star of tonight Rachel, and you could be the star of the West End." Denise Van Outen said: "Rachel, I find myself just repeating myself week-after-week - that was absolutely amazing, a fanastic performance. You are such a strong contender for this role, but keep fighting." Watching the show on television via a live video link in Las Vegas was Andrew Lloyd Webber who concluded by saying: "Well now Rachel, what can I say? It was a fantastic performance tonight. The song won an 'Oscar' 34 years ago - if I were there, I'd give you an 'Andrew'!"
Sunday 20 April 2008: The 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Rachel had secured enough public telephone votes to go straight through to next week's programme without have to perform in the dreaded 'sing-off'.
Saturday 26 April 2008 This week on the BBC I'd Do Anything programme Rachel Tucker sang the Avril Lavigne song 'I'm With You'.
Sunday 27 April 2008: The 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Rachel had secured enough public telephone votes to go straight through to next week's programme without have to perform in the dreaded 'sing-off'.
Saturday 3 May 2008 What will Rachel Tucker 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.