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Wednesday 22 November 2017

'My new boss Mr Lloyd Webber is a real sweetie' - Dorothy

Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope has revealed that musical guru Andrew Lloyd Webber is not the "scary person" she imagined him to be.

The 18-year-old, from Greater Manchester, was recently crowned the winner of BBC1's popular talent show.

She told Hello! magazine that while Lloyd Webber -- who sat on the judging panel -- may seem intimidating, she felt at ease as soon as she met him.

She said: "As soon as he shook my hand I just relaxed. I was like 'oh, you're not this scary person'."

The young musical star also disclosed that she will be moving into a central London flat on her own. She explained how she became mature after her parents split up when she was 11.

"It really made me grow up," she said. "The independence that I had to maintain and embody was the making of me now. I'm really grateful for that."

Her boyfriend, fellow drama student Taylor Danson, will remain in Manchester when she moves, she said.

"I haven't really been able to see him properly for the past five months and I think if we've been all right through that then it will be fine when I've moved to London," she said.

"Obviously any relationship is going to be tested when you're in a really stressful situation but you know I'm only 18, I'm just living life as it goes along and seeing what happens."

From next March, Hope will lead the cast as Dorothy in Lloyd Webber's new West End production of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium, having won the public's vote.

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