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Byline: Diane Parkes

X FACTOR contestant Treyc Cohen is proving there is life after the television talent show by winning the leading role in a new musical.

The 27-year-old from Tamworth is to play Dorothy in a summer production of the musical The Wiz which will play Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre before going on tour.

And Treyc, who was Cheryl Cole's 'wildcard' competitor in X Factor last autumn, is delighted by the offer.

"I am really excited about it," she told the Birmingham Mail. "It is my first time in musical theatre and I am really looking forward to getting on with it."

It has been a hectic few months for former Belgrave High School pupil Treyc since she was voted off the show in November.

"When I came out I had an agent who had already arranged 58 shows for me so I was up and down the country. It was crazy but it was amazing that all these people wanted to come and see me."

A singer since the age of five, Treyc had been performing in pubs and clubs since her teens but X Factor suddenly raised her profile. "People come up to you and talk to you like they know you because they have watched the programme," she says. "To begin with I found it strange but I am used to it now.

"I never went into X Factor expecting to win. I wanted to do it to give me a platform. Once you have that and people know you are it is so much easier to get work.

"Now I just want to keep building on that. I have worked towards this point for years and now I just want to be successful in everything I do."

Treyc will head the cast of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company and West Yorkshire Playhouse production which features professionals in the lead roles and a supporting cast from the local community.

A rhythm and blues take on the classic Wizard of Oz, The Wiz was made into a film in 1978 with Diana Ross as Dorothy and Michael Jackson as The Scarecrow.

The Wiz is at BirminghamAlex between June 10-18, for tickets contact 0121 236 4455 and


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Date:Apr 14, 2011
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