Everybody is so talented but it's who's right for the role.
There may be no place like home, but Winnipeg's Colleen Furlan isn't in any rush to get there. As one of the top 10 finalists in CBC Television's Over the Rainbow series, Furlan is competing for the role of Dorothy in an Andrew Lloyd Webber stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.
"I looked like a little red velvet cupcake in my red dress and my silver shoes." - Colleen Furlan (courtesy CBC)
The series premiered on Sunday night, and was the first show with a live audience. Furlan says the crowd definitely helped her performance, as did the presence of her friends and family. Since the top 10 was unveiled, she and the other potential Dorothys have been in rehearsals for the first elimination show, airing Monday, September 17.
The field will be whittled down as the two competitors who receive the lowest vote totals from viewers will perform in live sing-offs. The judging panel will then decide whose ruby slippers will be tossed in a suitcase for the trip home.
Despite the pressure, Furlan says everyone is prepared for what comes next. "These 10 girls, we've become so close. There's not really been any drama between any of us so we're happy for one another, we understand what is going to happen tonight," she says. "Everybody is so talented but it's who's right for the role."
Furlan will find out tonight if she'll be getting one step closer to the Toronto stage.Over the Rainbow airs Sunday and Monday nights on CBC Television.