FEATURE: Keith Jack. “I am now getting the chance to play the part I wanted to play in the first place.”

After losing out to Lee Mead in the final of BBC reality talent show Any Dream Will Do, runner-up Keith Jack feared he had missed his opportunity to perform as Joseph in the hit musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Highly praised during the series for this superb singing voice and vocal range, Keith finally gets the chance play the leading role and wear the iconic Technicolor dreamcoat in the Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat national tour. The Kaje caught up with Keith to find out more…

It has been three years since Any Dream Will Do, had you given up hope of ever wearing the Technicolor Dreamcoat?

Yes, I had really!

You are actually taking over the role from one of your fellow competitors, Craig Chalmers. Were you disappointed when he was chosen for the initial national tour over you?

Not at all, I was very happy with how I had done with the show and was looking forward to the future and new opportunities to perform.

How much competition was there between you and the other contestants?

It was competitive as it was a shared dream and we all really wanted to win of course! But we were friends throughout the show and remain friends today – which is great.

How does it feel to finally wear the coat?

Fantastic, but you would be amazed by ow hot it when you actually put it on!

“I was very happy with how I had done with the show and was looking forward to the future and new opportunities to perform.”

What are you most looking forward to from the challenge?

I am just excited that I am now getting the chance to play the part that I wanted to play in the first place.

You went from shelf stacker to celebrity over night, how did the find the initial adjustment?

It all went a little bit crazy, but I coped.

Since Any Dream Will Do, what have you been upto other than the initial Joseph tour (as the narrator)?

It has all been very busy, As well as playing the narrator, I have also released
two Top 40 albums, headlined two sell-out concert tours, acted in two pantos amongst many other things.

You have found your niche in the musicals. Are there any other music genres you wish you could master, but have shied away from?

I am still very young and there is always a lot left for me to learn.

Who are your music inspirations?

Josh Grogan and Michael Bublé.

“I am just excited that I am now getting the chance to play the part that I wanted to play in the first place.”

Having made your name through reality television, have you ever found that proving yourself as a performer has been doubly hard since?

Yes, people suddenly have a lot more expectations of you.

As a contestant, you were all very vulnerable to judges comments.  What was the most valuable lesson you learnt as part of the programme?

I did not really feel very vulnerable. In all honesty, I learned a lot about how I performed.

With one dream one role sorted, what other roles have you always aspired to playing?

I’d love to play the Phantom in “Phantom of the Opera”.

Who would you say have been your biggest inspirations throughout your twisting journey so far?

Without doubt my family and friends alongside other professional colleagues.

If you could go back and change anything, that you have to date, what would the change be?

Nothing really. I love what I have achieved so far and I only strive to do better.

If it wasn’t performance, what would it be?

I would still be doing music of some description.

Where would you like your career to be in five years from now?

I would like to be doing more of the same!

“Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is currently on tour throughout the UK. Dates can be found at http://www.josephthemusical.com

Words: Katie Meehan

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