Bosses feel I'd Do Anything winner needs a trial run before Oliver!

Reality show winner Jodie Prenger is set to make her West End debut with a variety of minor parts in hit musical Les Misérables.

Viewers of BBC 1 show I’d Do Anything voted for the 29-year-old as their Nancy in a new production of Oliver! but boss Sir Cameron Mackintosh feels Jodie could do with some practice before taking on such a big challenge.

‘We thought it would be useful for her to experience what it will be like performing regularly in the West End,’ a spokesman for judge Sir Cameron explains.

The impresario has previously admitted that he wanted runner-up Jessie Buckley, 18, to be his Nancy but it seems former cruise ship singer Jodie is not letting this new blow affect her.

‘Jodie thinks it is a good idea to try these small roles to get as much experience as possible,’ a source tells The Mirror. ‘She wants fans coming to see Oliver! To be blown away and if this helps her cope with nerves it can only be a good thing.’

When Connie Fisher, 25, won How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria and Lee Mead, 27, triumphed in Any Dream Will Do, they both went straight into their starring roles.

Holly Arnold