Dorothy Diaries #1

Dear readers, welcome to our first installment of the Dorothy Diaries! Our Dorothys are off and running with their Nikon 1's and their little black books - writing journal entries and shooting photos and videos for us to share with you.


For this edition, we asked Kelsey, Michelle, Cassandra, Jennifer and Jessie to have fun with their Nikon 1's and give us a little glimpse into their lives at home. All the photos in the gallery below were taken by our Dorothys. Enjoy!



The girls have also supplied us with some of their thoughts on what the Over the Rainbow experience has been like for them so far, everything from their first audition to the first big show. Read on and see what they had to say.


Danielle on getting ready for the first show...


'I feel like I'm struggling with making my song captivating. I really want to just have a conversation with the audience while I sing. It's supposed to be fun! I want people to have fun! I've been saying the words over and over as a monologue and marking down what the most important words are. I'm so excited to finally perform for Canada. I can't wait for all of us to step out there and show the nation what we've got. I admit I'm mostly trying not to think about falling over on live TV. You see, I've already walked off of the stage once, my only hope is that I don't do it again!'


Kelsey on auditioning for Andrew Lloyd Webber...


'Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is calming and kind! Not a lot of people get the chance to perform for him and after I sang my solo I literally wanted to cry out of happiness. I'm proud of how I sang and I don't regret anything about my performance! He also seemed to enjoy it, and that made me happy. Before my performance I was more anxious than nervous. I promised to stay true to myself and true to everything I sang. I also have to say his home was beautiful and it really gave me perspective on my situation and how lucky I am.'


Jessie on performing on national television...


'I will be on stage performing for a live studio audience as well as on national television! It's so surreal to me because I used to watch American and Canadian Idol and wanted to do something like that one day. And here I am, having the experience of a lifetime and my dreams of becoming a performer come true. The closer it gets to Sunday the more I feel my nerves kicking in. I've never done anything like this and I've never been on TV before. I'm also so nervous to perform for the judges, they're all extremely credited performers and icons. I really want to show them what I can do it! I feel like if ever there's been a time to be ready, this is it. I need to be confident and be myself.'


Jennifer on her solo...


'The song I'm singing this week is Andrew Lloyd Webber's song, called 'Whistle Down the Wind', it's so beautiful. When I first got asked to sing this song, I was so honoured because it's Sir Andrew's, and he chose me to sing it. I think that's special. I truly can't wait for Sunday, I'm so excited. My song this week is dedicated to my little sister Alysha, I love you! Can't wait to whistle my way to Sunday, sooo excited!'


Cassandra on meeting choreographer Sean Cheesman...


'When I first met Sean Cheesman, I won't lie; I was a tiny bit terrified. That wasn't because he's scary, but our intense workout was. My scrawny little arms were not made to do seven thousand push-ups! After that, I started to work with Sean on our group numbers. Even though he was hard on us, we all knew it was because he wanted us to do our best. He has a really big heart, and is very funny. Maybe he showed us some 'tough love', but it was worth it!'


Want to keep getting to know your favourite Dorothy? Check back in with us soon for the next installment of the Dorothy Diaries - we'll have more diary entries and some exclusive videos for you. 'Till next time!