Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber has insisted that he isn’t at all worried about the fact that his BBC show ‘Over The Rainbow’, will be directly competing with ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, when it returns later this month.
After last year’s series of X Factor wiped the floor with BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, one would imagine that the Beeb would be a little concerned about going up against a juggernaut like BGT. Especially considering the fact that during it’s 2009 final, Britain’s Got Talent attracted more than 19 million viewers, the highest ratings to be achieved by a TV show in the last five years.
However Lord Lloyd Webber claims that he is not at all worried about his show, which is searching for a girl to play Dorothy in a West End production of The Wizard Of oz.
He told The Sunday Express:
“We are very different and Dorothy is a very popular subject so I think we will be right up there when the time comes.
“I don’t think about ratings. I’m trying to find the right girl for a West End show – that’s the most important thing for me.”
On this year’s new judging panel, which consists of Charlotte Church, John Partridge and Sheila Hancock Andrew said:
“I felt it was a time to have a judging panel that covered all areas of the show – singing, dancing and acting.
“Everything had to come up a notch, not just the judges, but the production of the show. We’ve upped the ante in every aspect.
“Though I am not involved in those decisions because I’m not a producer, I have to say that the BBC has come up with a really first rate panel.”