Andrew Lloyd Webber heading to US

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is to say goodbye to British TV after receiving offers from American TV bosses to launch his career Stateside

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Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is to become a US TV star.

The composer - best known for writing musicals such as 'Cats' and 'Evita' and appearing on stage star search shows 'Any Dream Will Do' and 'Over the

Rainbow' - will say goodbye to British television after getting offers from American network bosses.

The 62-year-old Oscar winner's first programme will see him look for an unknown to play Dorothy in a new adaptation of 'The Wizard of Oz'.

He said: "I don't know if I'll do any more in the UK. But a couple of the networks in the US have wanted to build something around what I do on TV, and I think with the 'Wizard of Oz' something is definitely going to happen there."

Lord Webber is looking forward to taking on Simon Cowell's 'X Factor' when it launches Stateside in 2011.

He added: "The 'X Factor' juggernaut is going to be huge there next year, but other networks are looking for something to go against it. Once we've found a Dorothy in the US, my instinct is to open the show in Kansas."

Kansas is where the story of the 'Wizard of Oz' is set.

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