Op zoek naar Zorro

Op zoek naar Zorro (Looking for Zorro) is a Dutch television talent series broadcast on AVRO from late 2010 until early 2011. It documented the search for a new, undiscovered musical theatre performer to play the role of Zorro in the then-forthcoming stage production of Zorro, the musical with book written by Stephen Clark and Helen Edmundson and music by the Gipsy Kings and John Cameron. Produced by Eyeworks for the AVRO, the series was be hosted by Frits Sissing and judged by Willem Nijholt.

Op zoek naar Zorro
StarringFrits Sissing
(Host)
Pia Douwes
(Judge)
Erwin van Lambaart
(Judge)
Johan Nijenhuis
(Judge (auditions only))
Country of originNetherlands
No. of series1
Production
ProducerEyeworks
Release
Original networkAVRO
Original release31 December 2010 – 19 February 2011
Chronology
Preceded byOp zoek naar Mary Poppins
Followed byOp zoek naar Annie
External links
Website

The series follows previous collaborations between the AVRO and Willem Nijholt to find new musical theatre performers: Op zoek naar Evita which was won by Brigitte Heitzer, Op zoek naar Joseph which was won by Freek Bartels and Op zoek naar Mary Poppins which was won by Noortje Herlaar. 10 years later, it was followed by Op zoek naar Maria to find a leading lady to play Maria in The Sound of Music.

AuditionsEdit

Applications for the series from those from 20 to 35 were solicited in March 2010 all over the Netherlands.

FinalistsEdit

Eleven potential Zorros made it through the audition rounds and will perform during the live shows starting from 1 January 2011 but this time, the live shows will be shifted from Sunday to Saturday nights. The final will be broadcast on 19 February 2011. Each potential Zorro wore a black jacket and a sash of a certain colour, which made identification easier. At the end of every live show, the losing Zorro would have his jacket and sash stripped by the Zorro who survived the sing off, then takes the lead song of the farewell song: Masker (Slotlied)

The eventual winner, Tommie Christiaan, had previously initially made it to the finals in Op zoek naar Joseph in 2008, but had dropped out when he had been offered a lead role in High School Musical. Fourth-placed Dennis de Groot was offered a part in the ensemble in Zorro when he was eliminated, which he accepted.

Finalist Age & Date of Birth * Sash colour Status
Sandor Sturbl 25 (9 August 1985) Lilac Eliminated 1st in week 1
Samuel Hubner Casado 25 (9 March 1985) Burgundy Eliminated 2nd in week 2
Dennis ten Vergert 30 (9 April 1980) Red Eliminated 3rd in week 3
Jeroen Dekkers 21 (26 January 1989) Yellow Eliminated 4th in week 4
Kelvin Wormgoor 26 (12 May 1984) Light blue Eliminated 5th in week 4
Marijn Brouwers 35 (15 August 1975) Maroon Eliminated 6th in week 5
Mischa Kiek 22 (21 October 1988) Orange Eliminated 7th in week 6
Dennis de Groot 28 (1 July 1982) Dark green Eliminated 8th in week 7
Ruud van Overdijk 23 (11 June 1987) Dark blue Third Place
Roman van der Werff 26 (7 May 1984) Forest green Second Place
Tommie Christiaan 24 (24 February 1986) Purple Winner

* at the start of the series

Results summary
Place Contestant Show 1 Show 2 Show 3 Show 4 Show 5 Show 6 Show 7 Show 8
Part 1 Part 2 Part 1 Part 2
1 Tommie Winner
2 Roman Bottom 2 Second place
3 Ruud Bottom 2 Bottom Third place
4 Dennis de G. Bottom 2 Eliminated 8th
5 Mischa Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Eliminated 7th
6 Marijn Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Eliminated 6th
7 Kelvin Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Eliminated 5th
8 Jeroen Bottom 2 Eliminated 4th
9 Dennis ten V. Bottom 2 Eliminated 3rd
10 Samuel Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Eliminated 2nd
11 Sandor Bottom 2 Eliminated 1st

Jury's favourite ZorroEdit

Liveshows Erwin van Lambaart Pia Douwes Guest judges
Liveshow 1 Dennis ten Vergert Ruud van Overdijk Samuel Hubner Casado
Liveshow 2 Ruud van Overdijk Tommie Christiaan Ruud van Overdijk
Liveshow 3 Roman van der Werff Jeroen Dekkers Roman van der Werff
Liveshow 4 Tommie Christiaan Roman van der Werff Ruud van Overdijk
Liveshow 5 Roman van der Werff Tommie Christiaan Tommie Christiaan
Liveshow 6 Ruud van Overdijk Dennis de Groot Tommie Christiaan
Liveshow 7 Ruud van Overdijk Tommie Christiaan Tommie Christiaan
Liveshow 81 Tommie Christiaan 2 3

1 Willem's choice for Zorro was Roman van der Werff

2 Pia could not make a choice

3 Monique van de Ven could not make a choice

Live showsEdit

Week 1 (1 January)Edit

The first of the live finals on New Year’s Day on Saturday 1 January 2011 saw the 11 finalists perform to stay in the competition. It also saw the winner of Op zoek naar Evita Brigitte Heitzer as the first guest judge. The results show saw Sandor become the first contestant to be eliminated. The performances during the first week were:

Week 2 (8 January)Edit

The second live show on Saturday 8 January 2011 saw the 10 finalists perform to stay in the competition. The guest judge this week was singer and actress Karin Bloemen. The results show saw Samuel become the second contestant to be eliminated. The performances during the second week were:

Week 3 (15 January)Edit

The third live show on Saturday 15 January 2011 saw the 9 finalists perform to stay in the competition. The guest judge this week was singer and musical actress Kim-Lian van der Meij. The results show saw Dennis ten V. become the third contestant to be eliminated. The performances during the third week were:

Week 4 (22 January)Edit

The fourth live show on Saturday 22 January 2011 saw the 8 finalists perform to stay in the competition. The guest judge this week was singer and musical actress Antje Monteiro. The results show saw Jeroen and Kelvin become the fourth and fifth contestants to be eliminated. The performances during the fourth week were:

Week 5 (29 January)Edit

The fifth live show on Saturday 29 January 2011 saw the 6 finalists perform to stay in the competition. The guest judge this week was actress, singer and musician Ellen ten Damme. The results show saw Marijn become the sixth contestant to be eliminated. The performances during the fifth week were:

Week 6 (5 February)Edit

The sixth live show on Saturday 5 February 2011 saw the 5 finalists perform to stay in the competition. The guest judge this week was actress and musical star Chantal Janzen. The results show saw Mischa become the seventh contestant to be eliminated. The performances during the sixth week were:

Week 7 (12 February)Edit

The seventh week of competition was the semi-final stage of the series. On 12 February 2011 the four remaining contestants sang live for a place in the final. This week's guest judge was singer Berget Lewis. The results show saw Dennis de G. became the eighth contestant to be eliminated from the competition. The performances during the seventh week were:

Week 8 (19 February)Edit

Grand Final Show 1Edit

Grand Final Show 2Edit

  • Final performances
    • Following the elimination of Ruud, the final two both performed "Een liefde die niet mag bestaan" ("A Love We'll Never Live"), from the musical Zorro, with Michelle Splietelhof, who will play Luisa in Zorro, and each performed "Hoop" ("Hope"), a second song from that musical:
      • Roman: "Hoop" ("Hope")
      • Tommie: "Hoop" ("Hope")
  • The Final Vote
    • The final vote was then announced and it was revealed that the winner was Tommie Christiaan. He then concluded the series with a performance of "Masker (Slotlied)" and "Baila Me".

Guest judgesEdit

External linksEdit