QUOTE(Guest @ May 31 2008, 11:51 PM)
Jodie will be a great hit in the west end - I can also see her playing Mama Morton in Chicago and Madam Thenardier in Les Miserables, I think she has a long west end career ahead of her.
Two roles, both often played by larger ladies, one of which is controlled by the same man who has made it very clear he doesn't even want to cast her in Oliver, and she's got a long West End career ahead of her? I suspect her West End career will fizzle out post-Oliver.
I think Jodie deserves congratulations for winning - she was clearly the most suitable for the role out of the three finalists - but to me it's a victory of personality over talent (not saying she isn't talented at all!). Connie was terrifyingly desperate and Lee almost totally braindead but they both gave fantastic performances week after week; Jodie never really pulled out all the stops for me unfortunately, although I was very impressed by her Send In The Clowns. Although they were all "professionals", I would have liked to have seen Fran, Sarah or Rachel make it through to the end (despite their tuning problems, repetitive acting and over-the-topness respectively) and/or winning it, but honestly none of the finalists really impressed me massively and I'm certainly glad Jodie beat Jessie and Sam.
The cynic in me would suggest that Jodie's played a very clever game to make herself popular from the beginning - I find the whole engagement/boyfriend/whatever scenario very implausible, to be honest - but even with her very TV friendly presentation she wouldn't have won if she couldn't sing and act, so I guess it's a moot point.
It's interesting to see how Cameron's office appear to be managing this whole affair, Cameron's barely concealed disgust for Jodie notwithstanding. Surrounding her with stunt casting (who knows who's lined up for the other principals?), only confirming four performances a week... I suspect they're trying to avoid the fate of Sound of Music and the potential fate of Joseph where once the original star leaves ticket sales plummet. Downplay the effect of the TV show as much as possible and maybe people will keep coming to see it after Jodie leaves?