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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

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Introducing: Belinda Evans

From: Somerset
Age: 28
Occupation: Singer / voice coach
Family: She has two older sisters, Denise and Michele, and younger brother Tom.
Experience: Degree and Masters Degree in Music from the Welsh College of Music and Drama, professional singing recitals and television performances, part-time vocal coach.

Belinda has worked as a singer for the last four years is a freelance musician and voice teacher. She has recently completed a film as a chorus member in Kenneth Branagh's new adaptation of 'The Magic Flute'. She originally wanted to be a vet but started winning singing competitions and realised that's where here career lay.

Last year Belinda spent five months touring the UK and Ireland with a Gilbert and Sullivan Show, and two weeks before moving to the Maria house Belinda sung a solo for the Queen. She has also sang the national Anthem at the Rugby World Cup in Australia.

Belinda's whole family are really supportive of her career - they keep her grounded and pick her up when she needs it. Belinda knows the importance of being fit to take on a leading lady role - she runs three miles every day and loves swimming.

When did you first realise you had a talent for singing?
I never realised, my Mum and my primary teacher pushed for me to have singing lessons, aged 10.

What is your favourite musical?
West Side Story.

Who is your favourite character in a musical and why?
Any animal in the Lion King! Looks really fun!

What qualities do you have similar to those of Maria?
I'm a bit mad, erratic, spontaneous and love to sing and dance!

Why should you be the next Maria?
Because I've seen something I want in the role of Maria that excites, challenges and inspires me. I like to see things out to the end and I'm very determined when there's something I want.

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