An Oxford primary school worker competing for a part in a West End Abba musical has now left the ITV show.

Mamma Mia! I Have A Dream is looking for a new Sophie and Sky to take centre stage on the West End production of the show.

One of the contestants who has now been eliminated was 22 year old Callum from Oxford. 

Callum had ambitions to perform in London's West End but the judges have decided his time was up after he was in the bottom two alongside a contestant called Zachkiel.

Callum said afterwards: "I definitely feel like I've still got more to give, it's just a shame, tonight wasn't that night. I thought I did myself proud."

The series, hosted by Zoe Ball, shows the performers being judged on their singing, dancing, acting and chemistry skills by judges Amber Riley, Jessie Ware, Alan Carr and Samantha Barks.

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It is now half way through the show, and 14 musical theatre performers have been hoping to prove they have what it takes to play the West End's leading lady and man.

Over the course of the competition, they have been judged on their singing, dancing, acting and chemistry skills by a panel of entertainers, as well as trained by Mamma Mia's very own choreographer.

As the weeks go on, the group of West End hopefuls have been sent home, and soon it will be revealed who will be the next Sophie and Sky during a live grand finale.

Oxford Mail: Callum in Mamma Mia! I Have A DreamAs week 4 was a double elimination, one prospective Sophie and one prospective Sky left the competition.

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Callum had previously said: "Having the opportunity to play a lead role in the West End is something that actors dream of and on a London stage like the Novello theatre where you’re acting alongside amazing people.

“It’s also an amazing opportunity to get to play Sky alongside a Sophie you’ve met on this TV show, that makes it special.

“I had just come out of drama school with no expectation when I did that first audition and now I’m here."

Oxford Mail: The judges and presenters  in Mamma Mia! I Have A DreamThe show, filmed on the Greek island of Corfu, focuses on the contestants living in a Greek villa for eight weeks as they take part in the competition.

Callum added: "I went to Drama School and did three years training at Rose Bruford, we did songs within plays and there was music involved but auditioning for this show was my first ever musical theatre audition.

“I performed at the Edinburgh Fringe when I was 18. That was a really cool experience!”

On appearing in the show, he said: “It’s been a learning experience for me. The makers of the show picked me to take part because they thought I had something.

“They knew I had little experience and yet they still decided that I was someone who they wanted on their show, and they saw my potential.

“Going on the show is this massive opportunity to learn as much as I can from all of these fantastic people like musical directors and choreographers."

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