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Over the Rainbow: Ousted Phillipa follows her dream

Belfast Dorothy hopeful Phillipa O’Hara may have been voted out of BBC talent show Over the Rainbow — but she is on her way home hoping that all the hard work could open up new opportunities for a singing and acting career.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph after missing the final cut in Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for a new West End star, Phillipa said she was looking forward to a good rest after her “amazing experience”.

The songbird, who studied drama at Belfast Metropolitan College and Queen’s University, admitted she was disappointed to miss out on a top ten spot in the search for a young actress to fill Judy Garland’s ruby slippers in a theatre production of Over The Rainbow.

But she added: “It was incredible, it was one of the best things I have ever done, and it was worth every second.”

Before she was whisked away to contend for the part of Dorothy, Phillipa was due to perform in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado with St Agnes Choral Society which opens at the Grand Opera House in Belfast later this month. Another singer had to be drafted in to the role.

“I’m going to see them during rehearsals, because they have been very supportive to me,” she said.

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