I’d Do Anything: Jodie Prenger

IT’S a fine life when there are people like Jodie Prenger to interview.
I caught up with Jodie yesterday afternoon, ahead of the third live I’d Do Anything studio show on BBC1 tonight.
She’s one of the final 10 contenders in the search for a Nancy, who will star in a new West End stage production of the musical Oliver!
Off screen, Jodie does not disappoint.
She has all the Oom-Pah-Pah needed to play Nancy.
And that includes a serious side also required for the role.
We’ll get a taste of that this evening.
There’s a news story on Pg 6 of today’s MEN – the online version is here.
As you will read via that link, Jodie has her eyes firmly set on becoming Nancy, along with a career in the West End.

But longer term she would also love to end up pulling pints behind the bar of the Rovers Return.
It’s not such a daft idea.
Jodie puts me in mind of another great Coronation Street barmaid – Shelley Unwin, played by the much missed Sally Lindsay.
Half of Jodie’s family come from Manchester and she’s got plenty of support in the region, as well as elsewhere.

Jodie told me that there were 40 girls out in Blackpool last night – all dressed as Nancys.
“And my mum’s giving them all leaflets,” she laughed.
The singer and actress has battled through her chest infection and has also taken on board the “cabaret” comment made last week by judge Denise Van Outen.
“It was the lick at the end of the words, she said they sounded a bit cabaret.
“It was just that I’m Every Woman was such a huge song and it was the adrenaline from the audience.
“But I’ve worked really hard this week, and on the acting, so I am going to pull this one out of the bag.”
On the evidence of the first two live shows, Rachel, Jessie and Jodie have caught my eye as the possible final three.
But with Andrew Lloyd Webber only able to save one girl each week after the public vote, nothing is certain.
Especially if two of the early front-runners eventually end up together in the sing-off.
Or if one of the other girls comes through as a dark horse.
At the time of writing, the bookmakers have Jessie (11/5) and Rachel (11/4) as near joint favourites, clear of the field.
Current third favourite is Samantha (8/1), followed by Jodie (9/1) and Niamh (9/1).
Update: Check out later I’d Do Anything / Jodie blogs / interviews by clicking here.
Jodie Would Do Anything For Corrie
Jodie Could Still Be Nancy
I’d Do Anything Official BBC Site



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16 responses to “I’d Do Anything: Jodie Prenger

  1. Steve C

    Well Jodie is to be the leading lumpy, sorry “lady”.
    Might be ok as the lead in “Bat out of Hell” should they ever make such a show! Meatloaf would suit her fine, (Mighty Meaty, and as much charisma as a loaf of bread).
    She has the grace of a Hippo with 3 legs, and if this was not a rigged vote, then I don’t know what was.
    Poor Cameron McIntosh, he looked absolutely gutted.
    Still at least it saves me a few hard earned pounds, as my family would never pay to see this show now.
    One thing I would say is that I would bet a lot of money that Jessie will be a bigger star of the West End in the near future. Bigger in talent that is!!

  2. Raf

    i think jodie is the best for the role of nancy. i voted for her every time!!!

  3. Janet Turner

    Perhaps poor Steve would like to apply for a hearing aid as well as glasses from the NHS.? Jodie has been by far and away the best person with the most consistent performances of the series right from the very start. She will make a very believable Nancy and will turn out good performances time after time .
    Yes, Jessie can sing a good ballad…but not EVERY single time, in fact she can get a bit flakey and unstable at times.. and of course she is more sexy if that is what Steve seems to imply that he wants, but does the role require that ?

  4. steve clarke

    from losing the weight and to first lady from musical . all the best you are ace.

  5. Pam J

    How rude of Steve C regarding Jodie’s size. Although I supported Jessie all the way through, I was not totally disappointed when Jodie won. She has wonderful warmth and great talent. Jessie will have her day, she has all the time in the world.

  6. margaret

    well done jodie you are just amazing ,hope to see the show in the new year

  7. elizabeth A

    Dear Jodie
    I nursed at the Royal London Hospital, London (East End). This is the real grit, emotion and empathy one needs. I could see you helping me with the patients and the associated families. I could not envisage the younger girls doing the job or communicating sensitively with some of the tough cookies we come across. Bless you: you are the only Nancy. Can’t wait to see you if I can get a ticket. Elizabeth

  8. robyn

    Jodie!!! we said u would win from the day we saw your audition!! we think u will be absolutly fantastic and were soo coming to c u… your such a nice girl and really genuine we loved u!!!!!!! xxxxxxx

  9. Melanie Hunt

    I picked Jodie from the audition shows and followed her through every round until she became the rightful winner.
    Steve, if you have not got anything other than personal and unnecessary comments to make then shut up.

  10. jodie , you were great i enjoyed every performance you just seemed to have more energy more personality than the others plus you have a healthy figure definitely not a stick insect you make a better role model to younger girls good luck im sure you will be great.

  11. Richard

    All i can say Is Jodie was the best person to win the show and all the lows she has gone through in her life all i can say is well done.. People like u who have nothing but put downs and told u r no good.. to being a top westend star only some people dream of..
    I think people like Steve need to see such hurtfull words are why most people kill themself these days (just look at the news).. u may think she is fat and not your kind of woman.. but there is no need because u don’t know her.
    anyway Jodie all the best i have booked my tickets and i will see u giving the best night of your life
    Good Luck Girl xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  12. Lisa

    Jodie – You Are Pure Class Gal!
    I chose you from your 1st audition. Consistant EVERY week & a role model to all females (regardless of size). Steve appears to have a problem with size…erm don’t think him not taking his family will reduce ticket sales somehow. Making personal comments like that, just makes him look an idiot!. I’ve booked my tickets to see you & I’m looking forward to it. Jessie didn’t win cos of her inconsistancy thoroughout the weeks, although she did well on the night. When you’re paying money like that you want to see the best, consistant performer (like Connie was for Maria)
    Jodie, I wish you all the very best for the future. You’re a top lass! xxx

  13. Cheryl Ives

    Totally delighted you won as you so deserved to. Lovely voice and wonderful personality. I believe that you will be a real ‘mum’ to all the boys in “Oliver”, which is just right for the part of Nancy. Good Luck and God bless you.

  14. emma

    jodie you are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. bruce

    My uncle loved the show i do anything and went to fitness first where he first saw jodie training with personal trainer richard. He would like to say good luck jodie all the best ignore the pratts you deserve to win. all the best x x x

  16. Lesley

    Jodie stuck out from the first auditions, i always knew she would win. Really pleased that you won you deserved it the most and gave the most consistant performances. I wish you all the best, and you deserved to win xxx

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