Op zoek naar Joseph
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Op zoek naar Joseph (Looking for Joseph) was a 2008 talent show-themed television series produced by the AVRO in the Netherlands. It searched for a new, unknown lead to play Joseph in a 2009 Dutch revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
|Op zoek naar Joseph|
Erwin van Lambaart
Paul de Leeuw
|Country of origin||Netherlands|
|No. of series||1|
|Original release||30 August – 26 October 2008|
|Preceded by||Op zoek naar Evita|
|Followed by||Op zoek naar Mary Poppins|
It was the second Dutch talent show to be produced by the AVRO/Willem Nijholt, after Op zoek naar Evita. A third talent show, this time called Op zoek naar Mary Poppins has since aired in full and Op zoek naar Zorro will air in late 2010.
A similar format has been used as well in the United Kingdom in 2007, with the show Any Dream Will Do taking an unknown singer and placing the winner in the lead role for the 2007 performances in the West End. On 9 June 2007, Lee Mead was announced the winner of this show.
It is speculated[by whom?] that a Canadian edition will be produced in the wake of Mirvish Productions' production of the same musical.
An expert panel provided advice to the contestants throughout the series, and provided comments during the live shows. The panel was made up of:
- Pia Douwes, (musical theatre actress who is very successful in Europe)
- Erwin van Lambaarts (managing director of Joop van den Ende theatre)
- Paul de Leeuw (television comedian, actor and singer)
- Willem Nijholt, head judge and actor and singer.
Every week, a Joseph was eliminated from the competition. The public got a chance to vote for their favourite Joseph by calling in after all the finalists' solo performances. The two Josephs with the least votes in a given week performed a sing-off in front of Nijholt, who then decided which contestant to keep, based upon how well he felt that contender would fill the Joseph role. The eliminated Joseph then performed "Arme Jozef (Poor, Poor Joseph)\Sluit alle deuren (Close Every Door)" together with the remaining Josephs as his grand exit song, symbolically handing back his dreamcoat.
There were some variations from this format:
- Week three: In a double elimination, two Josephs were voted off the series.
- Week five: With only six finalists remaining, the Josephs were announced in sets of three and performed in a trio as well as their individual performances.
- Week seven: The semi-final was held on 19 October 2008, in which the remaining four Josephs competed for the three remaining spots in the final. At the end of the show, the three finalists were announced: Freek Bartels, John Vooijs and Roy van Iersel.
Ten potential Josephs made it through the auditions to perform during the live shows. One contestant, Tommie Christiaan, was offered a lead role in High School Musical. This could not be combined with a possible role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, making his voluntary exit necessary. The AVRO then brought back the two dropouts, Robbert van den Bergh and Hein Gerrits. Tommie Christiaan auditioned for Op zoek naar Zorro two years later, which he went on to win.
|Finalist||Age||Date of birth||Coat colour||Status|
|Robbert van den Bergh||25||March 10, 1983||Pastel blue||Eliminated 1st in week 1|
|Adriaan Korrnenberg||25||October 1, 1982||Pink||Eliminated 2nd in week 2|
|Hein Gerrits||27||May 9, 1981||Lime green||Eliminated 3rd in week 3|
|Remko Harms||26||November 5, 1981||Dark green||Eliminated 4th in week 3|
|Baer Jonkers||24||May 29, 1984||Dark blue||Eliminated 5th in week 4|
|Amir Vahidi||18||August 1, 1990||Red||Eliminated 6th in week 5|
|Mathijs Pater||24||January 17, 1984||Light blue||Eliminated 7th in week 6|
|Robin van den Akker||29||July 21, 1979||Turquoise||Eliminated 8th in week 7|
|Roy van Iersel||21||September 11, 1986||Yellow||Third place|
|John Vooijs||29||March 26, 1979||Purple||Second place|
|Freek Bartels||21||October 24, 1986||Orange||Winner|
The following is in reverse chronological order by elimination date.
- "I Want to Break Free" (Queen)
- "Het gaat beginnen (Something's Coming)" (from West Side Story)
- "Man in the Mirror" (Michael Jackson)
- "Yesterday" (The Beatles)
- "Kom Kees" (from Heerlijk duurt het langst)
- "Ga Nou Maar Gewoon (Ease on Down the Road)" (from The Wiz)
- "Vanmorgen vloog ze nog" (Tsjechov)
- "Gethsemane" (from Jesus Christ Superstar)
- "Sluit Alle Deuren (Close Every Door)"
- "Livin' On A Prayer" (Bon Jovi)
- "Lang is de nacht (Endless Night)" (from The Lion King)
- "De vleugels van mijn vlucht (Wind Beneath My Wings)" (Paul de Leeuw)
- "Oorlog in mij" (from Ciske De Rat)
- "Kon ik nog maar even bij je zijn" (Gordon)
- "One Song Glory" (from Rent)
- "Hocus Pocus" (from Chicago)
- "Anyone Who Had a Heart" (Michael Ball)
- "Verwarrend bestaan (Elaborate Lives)" (from Aida)
- "Sluit Alle Deuren (Close Every Door)"
- "Nu (Now)" (from 3 Musketiers)
- "Alsof je bij me bent" (Nurlaila Karim)
- "Paint It, Black" (The Rolling Stones)
- "Everything" (Michael Bublé)
- "Waar is de zon? (Where is the Sun?)" (Willeke Alberti)
- "Jailhouse Rock" (Elvis Presley)
- "New York, New York" (Frank Sinatra)
- "Daar Buiten (Out There)" (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
- "Faith" (George Michael)
- "Papa" (Stef Bros)
- "Zij leven voort (They Live In You)" (from The Lion King)
- "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?" (Frank Sinatra)
- "Verloren Verleden (Everything That I Am)" (from Tarzan)
- "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Queen)
- "Lef" (Karin Bloemen)
- "Go the Distance" (from Hercules)
- "Fever" (Michael Bublé)
- "Sandy" (from Grease)
- "Proud of Your Boy" (from Aladdin)
- "Laat me niet alleen (Ne me quitte pas)" (Jacques Brel)
- "Chim Chim Cher-ee" (from Mary Poppins)
- "Your Song" (from Moulin Rouge)
- "Ik leef niet meer voor jou" (Marco Borsato)
- "All I Care About is Love" (from Chicago)
- "Ik vroeg te veel" (from Joe de Musical)
- "Terug naar toen (Journey to the Past)" (from Anastasia)
- "Maria" (from West Side Story)
- "Mack the Knife" (from The Threepenny Opera)
- "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" (Stevie Wonder)
- "Alles is liefde" (BLØF)
- "Waarom God (Why God Why)" (from Miss Saigon)
- "It's Not Unusual" (Tom Jones)
- "Van Haar Te Houden (If I Can't Love Her)" (from Beauty and the Beast)
- "Toen ik je zag" (Hero)
- "Working My Way Back to You" (The Spinners)
- "Radeloos (First and Last\Tragedy)" (from Saturday Night Fever)
- "Vlieg Met Me Mee (A Whole New World)" (from Aladdin)
- "On the Street Where You Live" (from My Fair Lady)
Each week the show was opened by a group performance, with a second group song being performed after all the solo performances.
- "Een Voor Allen, Allen Voor Een (All For One, One For All)" (from 3 Musketiers)
- Freek, John and Mathijs: "Zomer een dag" (Willeke Alberti)
- Roy, Robin and Amir: "Zing, Vecht, Huil, Bid, Lach, Werk En Bewonder" (Ramses Shaffy)
- "Moeder, ik wil bij de revue" (Wim Sonneveld)
- "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" (from The Lion King)
- "Elephant Love Medley" (from Moulin Rouge) with Brigitte Heitzer
Week One (7 September 2008)
The bottom two were Roy van Iersel and Robbert van der Bergh. In the sing-off, they had to sing the Carousel song "You'll Never Walk Alone". Willem Nijholt chose to save Roy and send Robbert home.
Week Two (14 September 2008)
The bottom two were Hein Gerrits and Adriaan Kroonenberg. In the sing-off, they had to sing the Aida song "Ergens in de sterren (Written in the Stars)". Nijholt chose to save Hein and send Adriaan home.
Week Three (21 September 2008)
In the first show, the bottom two were Hein Gerrits and Baer Jonkers. In the sing-off, they had to sing the song "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha. Nijholt chose to save Baer and send Hein home.
Week Four (28 September 2008)
The bottom two were Baer Jonkers and Robin van den Akker. In the sing-off, they had to sing the Evita song "Hoog vloog je, te hoog (High Flying Adored)". Nijholt chose to save Robin and send Baer home.
Week Six (12 October 2008)
The bottom two were Robin van den Akker and Mathijs Pater. In the sing-off, they had to sing Nick & Simon's "Pak maar m'n hand". Nijholt chose to save Robin and send Mathijs home.
Week Seven (19 October 2008)
The bottom two were Robin van den Akker and Roy van Iersel. In the sing-off, they had to sing "Telkens weer" by Willeke Alberti. Nijholt chose to save Roy and send Robin home.
Week Eight (26 October 2008)
First to go out and finishing in third place was Roy van Iersel. John Vooijs was the second to be voted out of the final, confirming Freek Bartels as the winner of the competition.
After the seriesEdit
Freek Bartels, along with the winner of the previous Nijholt reality show Op zoek naar Evita, Brigitte Heitzer, were the stars of a one-off Christmas Day special to air on AVRO, entitled Kerst met Joseph en Evita (Christmas with Joseph and Evita).