It’s the live final of BBC’s Over the Rainbow this weekend, where the three remaining girls (Lauren, Sophie and Danielle) all compete for their dream role as Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s reworking of The Wizard of Oz in London’s West End.
However, more important is the search for Toto, and which dog will win the role of Dorothy’s faithful sidekick for a one off performance. The final five dogs have been put through their paces over the last few weeks, performing various tasks to impress the judges, before this weekend the winner will be announced.
So who will it be, here are the final five dogs:
A cross between a pug and a shih tzu, Eddie is one year old and is one of the cutest dogs in the final. Eddie can’t handle the pressure of sitting on the seats in the theatre, as we saw recently, but he can pull back a curtain with the best of them.
Dave is a miniature schnauzer and is famed for wearing his trademark red scarf. Dave is also one year old and can leap into his owner’s arms from a standing start.
Spider originally auditioned with his pal, but was chosen ahead of him. Spider is a beagle and is the elderly statesman of the dogs, at six years old. Spider has an abundance of energy and almost fell off the stage at one of the auditions as he slid too far.
Troy is the largest of the dogs left in the competition, and excelled last week when he pulled back the curtain to reveal the wizard. Troy is four and a half years old and is a cross between a red setter retriever and an English pointer.
Missy is a cross between a bearded collie and a Springer spaniel, and is three years old. Missy is perhaps the best trained of the dogs and speak when asked to. Missy has won a local dog show in Stoke-on-Trent, winning best in breed.
So who will win? Any of the dogs would make a great Toto, but our tip here at Dream Dogs is to get your money on Dangerous Dave. There’s something about Dave, he has that little extra character.