Winnipeg's own Colleen Furlan made it through another week on CBC-TV's reality show, Over the Rainbow. Etobicoke's Jessie Munro was the latest Dorothy hopeful turning in her ruby slippers.
And the Dorothy contenders aren't the only ones hoping to get their turn in the spotlight. Dogs have also been competing for the role of Toto, and the latest four-legged contestant to be eliminated was a Yorkie/Pekingese named Guiness. She became the fifth Toto hopeful to hang up her ruby collar.
Colleen Furlan still in the running for the stage role of Dorothy. (CBC)
Furlan is now one of five remaining contestants vying for the role of Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage version of The Wizard of Oz. The show will open at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto in December.
Winnipeg has been rallying around the city's lone contestant, with one Winnipeg business owner even buying ad time on local radio stations asking people to get in on the voting.
Jerry Cianflone, owner of Pizza Hotline says he never really watched reality competitions, but a personal connection to the Furlan family has him hooked on this one.
"Colleen is a young, talented individual, she's a customer of ours, she had her 18th birthday with us, we know their family and we're just happy to be part of a Winnipeg dream," he says. "Winnipeg is very small and we need to stick together and support each other."
In addition to buying radio spots, Cianflone is also sending tweets to the restaurant's followers and drumming up support wherever he can. Cafe 22 on Broadway hosted a viewing this week, and the restaurant was packed with red T-shirt wearing Furlan supporters, cheering and chanting.
The next episode of Over the Rainbow airs on Sunday night. The two contestants with the lowest scores from that performance will compete against each other on Monday night.