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BBC How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?
Abi - Aoife - Belinda - Connie - Helena - Laura - Leanne - Meliz - Simona - Siobhan

Simona Armstrong

Simona Armstrong

Simona 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 2 September 2006.

Simona Armstrong is 28 years old and was born and raised in Romania. She has had vocal training at Bucharest Academy and professionally she has had a number of acting roles in both Romania and the UK. Currently she work as a receptionist with some acting jobs as they come along!

Simona lived in Glasgow for some time but has now moved to North-West London. Simona finds casting in England difficult because of her accent but this is something she is working on. She as two sisters, one older and one younger. At the special concert at Andrew Lloyd Webber's country home at Sydmonton, Simona sung 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina' from Evita.

Regarding her similarities with Maria from The Sound of Music, Simona says she shares Maria's "vulnerability, her confidence, her spirit and, most of all, her honesty inside," adding that "I really do love everything about this musical. It is so much me - it's a dream, it's a love story, it's also working with children which is a big satisfaction for me."

12 August 2006: For the first of the BBC How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? 'knock-out' shows Simona sung the Eva Cassidy version of '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 Simona sung the Madonna song 'Material Girl' - 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 Simona sung the Dusty Springfield song 'I Only Wanna Be With You' - 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 Simona sung the Diana Ross song It's My Turn. In the first public phone vote this evening Simona and Helena came bottom. They then sung a joint rendition of the song Memory from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats. Unfortunately Simona forgot some of the words to the song. Afterwards Andrew Lloyd Webber said that he would save Helena, so Simona had to say goodbye. But before she said 'good-bye', Andrew said that she must audition for another of his musicals currently in London - Evita. Afterwards Simona said: "I sang with all my heart. It was my turn to go tonight and whoever voted for me - I'd like to thank them. To be in a foreign country, to have that support, was amazing." She also said that she would make sure she does audition for Evita.