I'd Do Anything Nancy finalist Samantha Barks is originally from the Isle of Man but currently lives in London. Samantha, who is 17 years old, is currently studying.
Samantha recently entered a Maltese TV International Song competition... and won! Professional credits include supporting the Sugababes and Matt Willis when they played in concert on the Isle of Man.
Will the public select Samantha 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 Samantha Barks sang the Joan Jett and The Blackhearts song 'I Love Rock'n'Roll'. Afterwards John Barrowman said: "Samantha, to be that sexy, that talented, and that hot, at your age - girls, she might run away with this competition, so beware!" Denise Van Outen said: "I think that was a very strong, confident performance, it was absolutely fantastic - you blew me away! You're a hot Nancy!"
Sunday 30 March 2008: The first 'Results Show' when the results of the public telephone votes where announced - and Graham Norton revealed that Samantha Barks had gained enough votes to go straight through to next week's I'd Do Anything programme.
Saturday 5 April 2008: For the second the BBC I'd Do Anything 'knock-out' shows Samantha Barks sung the Dee C Lee/Girls Aloud song 'See The Day'. Afterwards Graham Norton told the Judges that Samantha was trying portray vulnerability - "Did she hit the mark?" he asked. John Barrowman replied: "Samantha, you have a great vocal, but for me there is nothing behind the eyes, that was emotionally empty." Denise Van Outen said: "Samantha, actually I disagree with John, I thought that was a lovely performance - a complete contrast with the performance you gave last week and I'm glad that we can see you can do both sides of Nancy, and vocally very strong." Barry Humphries comments: "Another magnificent, I'm sorry John, performance from Samantha. You're very like a young and more interesting Catherine Zeta Jones." Andrew Lloyd Webber concluded by saying "I could not disagree with John more, I think that you have got, probably of the girls I've seen tonight, the makings of a real Nancy in theatre terms. A very stunning girl."
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 - John Barrowman said he thought that this week Samantha was not Nancy. But when Graham announced the results of the public votes, it was revealed that Samantha had once again 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 Samantha Barks was the last to sing. She sung 'Somewhere' from the musical West Side Story. Afterwards John Barrowman commented: "You have a great voice, and the last two notes, because the begining of the song wasn't strong, and you screwed the words up a little bit and it didn't have the emotion, because you got so nervous and we can not have a leading lady that gets that nervous. You deserve to be in the competition, but you've got to get better, OK? It's not negativity, it is constructive criticism." Barry Humphries said: "Samantha, you're not only Bill Syke's girlfriend, you're also a surrogate mother to those boys, and I can see you in that role." Denise Van Outen commented: "Samantha, last week I championed you, this week I have to agree with John, I felt like it was faked emotion and didn't feel real to me." Andrew Lloyd Webber concluded by saying: "Samantha, I'm really staggered about what Denise and John have just said. This is a kid who is 17, who is the youngest person in the competition, taking on a great Leonard Bernstein song from arguably the best musical ever written. She had wonderful emotion. Yes, OK, you did falter, you did, but I'm not surprised that at your age you would do that, as you grow through this competition you will get better and better and better. Bravo!"
Sunday 13 April 2008: The third 'Results Show' - this week Graham Norton revealed that Samantha had secured enough public telephone votes to go straight through to next week's programme.
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 Samantha Barks sang the Christina Aguilera song 'Hurt'. Afterwards John Barrowman commented: "Samantha, we worked really hard and I told you I was going to give you something if you did it right, and unfortuantely I have to say that was... emotionally fantastic! fantastic! FANTASTIC! That, for me, was your best performance thus far, you had something behind the eyes, you where telling a story - that is the leading lady Samantha I want to see!" Barry Humphries said: "Samantha,that was certainly your best performance so far. We all saw it on the screen, we all saw you in close-up, that intimate emotion, but that would register to me at the back of the theatre - a great performance." Denise Van Outen said: "Samantha, the work you did with John totally paid off - I believed you this week. It was raw emotion and it completely moved me. It was brilliant." Watching the show on television via a live video link in Las Vegas was Andrew Lloyd Webber who concluded by saying: "That was a fabulous, fabulous performance - I always knew you had it in you, unlike some!"
Sunday 20 April 2008: The 'Results Show' - this week Graham Norton revealed that Samantha had secured enough public telephone votes to go straight through to next week's programme.
Saturday 26 April 2008 This week on the BBC I'd Do Anything programme Samantha Barks sang the Kelly Clarkson song 'Since U Been Gone'.
Sunday 27 April 2008: The 'Results Show' - this week Graham Norton revealed that Samantha had secured enough public telephone votes to go straight through to next week's programme.
Saturday 3 May 2008 What will Samantha Barks 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.