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Last Updated: Friday September 11 2009 09:54 GMT

TV search for Oz musical stars

A screening of the Wizard of Oz

Just as Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor get going, another TV search for two top performers has been announced.

Andrew Lloyd Webber is coming back to the BBC to try to find another singing star for a top musical show.

This time it's a version of The Wizard of Oz that he's putting together, and to do that Lord Lloyd Webber needs a Dorothy - and her pet dog Toto!

The series will be the fourth time the BBC has helped find a new musical actor for one of Lord Lloyd Webber's shows.

It all started with How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? in 2006, then came Any Dream Will Do and in 2008 I'd Do Anything hit the screens.

Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz film
Judy Garland played Dorothy in the film version

Lord Lloyd Webber said: "Our previous musical talent searches have provided an incredible shot in the arm for musical theatre in Britain and I can't wait to work with the BBC again in the hunt for Dorothy - an iconic role of course made famous by a young Judy Garland in the film in 1939.

On air in 2010

"But, as a cat man myself, however, I approach casting Toto with considerable trepidation."

Graham Norton will host the show, but the judges have yet to be announced. Auditions will start in early 2010 and the show will be on TV later that year.