Jennifer Gillis

Jennifer Gillis

Coquitlam, B.C.

Over the Rainbow top 20

Born and raised in Coquitlam, British Columbia, 16-year-old Jennifer is looking forward to a career in musical theatre. She has been preparing to do so by spending the last nine years studying with the Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts.

Her father used to be in a rock and roll band, and her mother was a figure skater. She has an identical twin sister, as well as a sister three years younger than her.

The first stage production Jennifer ever saw was The Sound of Music, and she landed her first lead role in the third grade, performing in Dear Edwina.

Her role model is Danielle Hope, who won the BBC version of Over the Rainbow, and she says The Wizard of Oz is her favourite musical. Jennifer has also appeared in a number of TV commercials.

Jennifer describes herself as a perfectionist, and thinks she’s spunky, just like Dorothy. She adds that winning Over the Rainbow would change her life.

Her favourite song to sing is Somewhere Over the Rainbow, which she says is close to her heart. Jennifer also has a dog named Hunter.

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