Belinda is not Maria in the new West End production of The Sound of Music at The London Palladium - she was the second to be voted off the BBC How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? programme on Saturday 19 August 2006.
Belinda Evans is 28 years old and is currently working as a freelance musician and voice teacher. Belinda has a Masters degree in Music from the Welsh College of Music and Drama and over the last four years has had extensive professional experience including recitals, television performances, a five month tour in a Gilbert and Sullivan Show and singing the National Anthem at the Rugby World Cup in Australia. She has also just recently completed a film as a chorus member in Kenneth Branagh's new adaptation of The Magic Flute.
Originally Belinda wanted to be a vet, but when she was younger she started winning singing competitions... and she realised that that was where her career lay. Belinda also knows the importance of being fit to take on a leading lady role, she runs three miles every day. Belinda is from Somerset and has two older sisters and a younger brother.
Belinda says that she should be Maria in The Sound of Music "because I've seen something I want in the role of Maria that excites, challenges and inspires me. I like to see things out to the end and I'm very determined when there's something I want."
12 August 2006: For the first of the BBC How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? 'knock-out' shows Belinda sung the Judy Garland version of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' - 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 Belinda sung the Peggy Lee song 'Fever' - in the public phone vote Belinda came second from the bottom so she had to sing again with Meliz (who came bottom). They then sung the Andrew Lloyd Webber duet 'Another Suitcase in Another Hall' from Evita. Afterwards Andrew Lloyd Webber said he wanted to keep Meliz in the competition, so Belinda had to say goodbye. To conclude the television programme Belinda lead the others in a rendition of 'So Long, Farewell' from The Sound of Music. After the show Belinda said: ""Thank you for the brilliant experience. Thank you for pushing my boundaries and pushing me to the limit. I've had the whole of Somerset behind me. But I'm a professional singer - I'll pick myself up and dust myself off and go on to the next thing - that's what you do in this business. I wish all the girls all the best and hope they keep their chins up throughout all of this."