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The Journey Down The Yellow Brick Road Ends for Unionville's Julia Gartha in Over The Rainbow's Third Elimination Episode

Etobicoke's Jessie Munro returns for another week

Unionville, ON native, Julia Gartha and Jessie Munro of Etobicoke, ON competed in the sing-off on OVER THE RAINBOW'S live elimination episode tonight at 8 p.m. In the end, Jessie's performance came out on top and Julia became the third Dorothy to end her journey on this live competition TV series.

For the second consecutive week, the judging panel formed by Arlene Phillips, Louise Pitre and Thom Allison chose to save Jessie from elimination. Jessie will continue to vie for the chance to play Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber's new stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, opening this December at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, in Toronto, ON.

Hosted by Daryn Jones, tonight's live results episode featured a special guest appearance by legendary Emmy® and Tony Award® winning comedian, Andrea Martin. Martin shared her unique brand of wit and her experience in musical comedy as she worked with the contestants to stage tonight's group performance of the Broadway classic, "Anything You Can Do," from Annie Get Your Gun.

Tonight's episode also featured the Toto Gauntlet Challenge, which tested each dog's agility. Sadly, Daisy, the Highland Terrier and Dexter, the Cavalier King Charles/Brittany Spaniel, were both left their ruby collars behind as the second and third eliminated Toto. Comedians Deb McGrath and Colin Mochrie, along with award-winning dog breeder, Mike Macbeth, form the judging panel that will help to select OVER THE RAINBOW's top dog from 10 lovable contenders. The top Toto will perform live with the Dorothys in the season finale. Visit the cbc.ca/overtherainbow website to get to know the Top 10 Totos.

Canadians voted for their favourite Dorothy at the end of last night's show, using the ground-breaking, interactive OVER THE RAINBOW app, via the OVER THE RAINBOW Website or by telephone.

About Jessie Munro - 18, Etobicoke, ON
Jessie is a recent graduated of the Etobicoke School of the Arts. Trained in voice, acting and dancing, she has been a singer/dancer in the Show Choir Canada Nationals, Chamber Choir, Woman's Choir and the SPLASH Music Theatre Company. Her theatre roles include playing Mimi in RENT, Graziella in West Side Story and an appearance as a dancer on the Canadian series Degrassi.

About Julia Gartha - 17, Unionville, ON
Julia is entering her senior year at a Unionville High School for the Performing Arts. Her theatre credits include roles as Violet in Willy Wonka and Serene Katz in FAME. She has also appeared in stage productions of Peter Pan and CATS.

OVER THE RAINBOW broadcasts live one-hour performance episodes at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) each Sunday, where the Dorothys will perform a variety of Broadway, standards and pop numbers in front of a live studio audience. Then on the weekly half-hour results episodes airing on Mondays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) the bottom two Dorothys, as determined by a public vote, will go head-to-head in a live sing-off. Judges Arlene Phillips, the famed UK TV judge, dance choreographer and director, Louise Pitre, Canada's first lady of musical theatre, and one of Canada's most popular leading men, Thom Allison, will then determine who will be sent home.


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Tickets for Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of The Wizard of Oz are now on sale. Performances begin December 20, 2012 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. To purchase tickets and for further information go to mirvish.com.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
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About Temple Street Productions
Temple Street Productions is a leading producer of television, film and digital media content based in Toronto, Canada. A selection of Temple Street's past and present projects includes: Being Erica (CBC, SOAPnet), Wingin'It (Family Channel), Cover Me Canada (CBC), Recipe to Riches (Food Network, Global), Billable Hours (Global, Showcase), Canada's Next Top Model (CTV), How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (CBC), Queer as Folk (Showtime, Showcase) and Darcy's Wild Life (NBC, Discovery Kids, Family Channel). For more company information www.templestreetproductions.com, twitter @TempleStreet or connect with us on Facebook.

For further information, please contact:
Renée Weekes
Publicist, Over the Rainbow
rweekes@stratapublicrelations.com
C. 416-205-5500 / O.416.894.7209