BBC Sound of Music Maria

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

Siobhan Dillon

Siobhan Dillon

Siobhan 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 16 September 2006, having reached the final three. After she had been voted off Andrew Lloyd Webber told her, on live television, that he had been approached by a record company offering her a major contract!

Siobhan Dillon is 21 years old and currently she is in her first year of BA Hons in Product Design, designing handbags, at the London College of Fashion. Siobhan has singing lessons from age 10 for five years - and decided to cram a few more lessons prior to the How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? auditions. She used to perform in her school shows and, three years ago, after hearing a tape of her singing, Michael Parkinson insisted that Siobhan sing at his charity cricket ball where she got a standing ovation!

Siobhan is from Staffordshire and has a younger brother. At the special concert at Andrew Lloyd Webber's country home at Sydmonton, Sionhan sung 'I Could Have Danced All Night' from the musical My Fair Lady.

Regarding her similarities with Maria from The Sound of Music, Siobhan says that it is her "desire to help other people whenever possible; the drive and ambition to succeed. And optimism - every cloud almost always has a silver lining. This is one thing people always pick up on when they first meet me - apparently I'm quite unusually optimistic!" Adding that "I have grown up with the music - my Nana used to sing Edelweiss to me when I was very young. I would give it 110% and would enjoy every moment of it. I believe I have the talent to do it... I definitely have the ambition! I just can't wait to get stuck into the blood, sweat 'n' tears - the real training!"

NOTE: Siobhan was choosen from the final 20 to replace Emilie Alford who was initially choosen, but then decided to leave the show - apparently because she did not want to spoil her operatic voice with the pressure of musical theatre stage singer.

12 August 2006: For the first of the BBC How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? 'knock-out' shows Siobhan sung the Shania Twain song 'Man! I Feel Like A Woman' - 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 Siobhan sung the Tina Arena song 'Chains' - 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 Siobhan sung the Girls Aloud song 'Jump' - 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 Siobhan sung the Eva Cassidy song Songbird - she obtained enough public phone votes in both rounds of public telephone voting to go through to next week...

9 September 2006: On the fifth BBC How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? 'knock-out' show Siobhan sung All That Jazz from the musical Chicago - She manged to secure enough public phone votes to go through this evening's first round, but come second bottom along with Aoife (who came bottom) after the second round voting. They then sung a joint rendition of the song Don't Cry For Me Argentina from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita. Aftwerwards Andrew Lloyd Webber said that he wanted to keep Siobhan, so Aoife had to say 'good-bye' - and Siobhan gets to be in the Grand Final next week...

16 September 2006: The Grand Final. This week each of the three finalists sung two solo songs. Siobhan's first song was Anyone Who Had a Heart and her second song was Favourite Things from The Sound of Music - after all the public phone votes where added up, it was announced that Siobhan had the lowest number of votes ad so had to say 'goodbye' - leaving Connie and Helena as the final two finalists.