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BBC How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?
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Abi Finley

Abi Finley

Abi is not Maria in the new West End production of The Sound of Music at The London Palladium - she was voted off the BBC How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? programme on Saturday 9 September 2006.

Abi Finley is 23 years old and is currently at the end of her Masters in Musical Theatre at Central School of Speech and Drama in London having previously studied English at Leeds University. Although Abi has performed in lots of amateur dramatic shows, the television series How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? is her first professional audition.

She was noted for always being the last to wake up at Maria School! At the special concert held for invited guests at Andrew Lloyd Webber's country home at Sydmonton, Abi sung 'Just Blew in from the Windy City' from the musical Calamity Jane.

Abi is from Preston, Manchester where she auditioned to be on How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?. She has two sisters, one older and one younger.

Regarding her similarities with Maria from The Sound of Music, Abi says: "We've both had bad experience of short hair, have a love of music, can't stop singing wherever I am, tomboyish qualities, rapport with kids and the ability to fall in love with a man with a large fleet!"

12 August 2006: For the first of the BBC How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? 'knock-out' shows Abi sung the Carly Simon song 'Nobody Does It Better' - she obtained enough public phone votes to go through to the next round next week...

19 August 2006: On the second of the BBC How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? 'knock-out' shows Abi sung the Katie Melua song 'The Closest Thing To Crazy' - she obtained enough public phone votes to go through to the next round next week...

26 August 2006: On the third BBC How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? 'knock-out' show Abi sung 'Big Spender' from the musical Sweet Charity - she obtained enough public phone votes to go through to the next round next week...

2 September 2006: On the fourth BBC How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? 'knock-out' show Abi sung Summertime from the Gershwin's Porgy and Bess - she obtained enough public phone votes in both rounds of public telephone voting to go through to next week...

9 September 2006: On the fourth BBC How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? 'knock-out' show Abi sung Maybe This Time from the musical Cabaret - in the public phone vote Abi came bottom and so had to sing again with Aoife who came second from bottom. They then sung the Andrew Lloyd Webber song 'Any Dream Will Do' from the musical Joseph and his Amazing Techicolor Dreamcoat. Afterwards Andrew Lloyd Webber said that we wanted to keep Aoife, so Abi had to say 'good-bye'.