I'd Do Anything Nancy finalist Sarah Lark is originally from Cardiff but now lives in London. Sarah, who is 25 years old, trained at the Royal Academy of Music.
Sarah has five jobs, ranging from working in call centres to selling the London Evening Standard newspaper!
Will the public select Sarah 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 Sarah Lark sang the Oleta Adams song 'Get Here'. Afterwards John Barrowman said: "Sarah, vocally, you are like honey, and you remind me of a younger Elaine Paige. Sarah also played my daughter in a production once, but I definately see right now in front of me not a young girl, but leading lady potential." Denise Van Outen: "Sarah, just such a beautiful vocal, it is effortless, it sounds fantastic and you do something so magical with your eyes it is just captivating - it is the 'Meryl Streep Factor', I call it - it's honesty, it is from the heart, and I love it."
Sunday 30 March 2008: The first 'Results Show' when the results of the public telephone votes where announced - and Graham Norton revealed that Sarah Lark 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 Sarah Lark sung the Beverley Knight song 'Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart'. Graham Norton told the judges that Sarah was trying to show 'power'. John Barrowman: "Sarah - strong, consistent, but you where missing a slight edge for me." Barry Humphries said: "Sarah, perhaps somehow I see you in the Wizard of Oz, not so much in Oliver!." Denise Van Outen said: "That was a great performance vocally, I have to say I do have the same concerns as my fellow judges, I think you are very smiley, it was a very nice performance I don't see the street urchin yet, I don't see Nancy." Andrew Lloyd Webber concluded the comments by saying: "Sarah, I don't agree about this, this is where this competition is going to get so tough because you where the other side of what Nancy could be, I can absolutely see you as a Nancy."
Sunday 6 April 2008: The second 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Sarah 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 Sarah Lark performed 'Maybe This Time' from the musical Cabaret. Afterwards Denise Van Outen commented: "Now I know you wanted to come out and you wanted to say 'Bring it on!' and you gave it to me tonight. I saw a differance in your performance from last week. However, the same concerns are there for me I still worry because I see Country Life Nancy and not East End Nancy. You still need to work on it. You have to work absolutely hard on it." Barry Humphries commented: "I closed my eyes and I heard the voice of Nancy, you have one of the great voices on this programme. But when I opened my eyes, I didn't still quite see Nancy. You need a few more sharper edges but had a lot of very nice vulnerability in that performance." John Barrowman said: "Sarah, you tackled that song, you got rid of the smiles. I don't know what they're seeing, or what they're looking at. You know what, I think they only see the blonde hair and bubbliness, so I'm going to give you a challenge: If you want to see the street urchin, dye your hair for next week, go darker and see if that gives you more angriness." Andrew Lloyd Webber concluded by saying: "Now you see, you took me apart, I don't know quite where you got that from. Cabaret is a great musical, Kander and Ebb where wonderful writers, and they would have been very proud of you tonight."
Sunday 13 April 2008: The third 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Sarah 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 Sarah Lark sang the Gladys Knight song 'Midnight Train to Georgia'. Afterwards John Barrowman commented: "I think the hair colour has gone into your brain and it has changed your perception of you yourself. Because that performance had edge to it, no longer is it bubbly Sarah, because that bubble has now burst. You are a threat in this competition - because that song proves you are an actress." Denise Van Outen said: "If I was sitting in the West End audience tonight, I would be giving you a standing ovation. It was amazing. I failed to see you as Nancy before tonight because I thought you where too nice. But that was defiant, strong - it was absolutely brilliant - you made the hairs on my arms stand on end, they are still there now, look!" Barry Humphries said: "Sarah, very powerful, very intelligent, and as Denise says, it was a standing ovation performance." Watching the show on television via a live video link in Las Vegas was Andrew Lloyd Webber who concluded by saying: "It is kind of interesting for me - I would love to, when I get back home, to get to work with you girls [Jessie and Sarah] because I think there is so much that could be got out of you that I don't think has quite happened. Sarah, I think I might get my hair coloured before the results show! It was a fantastic performance. It was a really great performance , well done, it really, really was a great, great achievement."
Sunday 20 April 2008: The 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Sarah 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 Sarah Lark sang the Alanis Morissette song 'Ironic'.
Sunday 27 April 2008: The 'Results Show' - once again Graham Norton revealed that Sarah 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 Sarah Lark 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.