Exclusive: Andrew Lloyd Webber fascinated to see result of Superstar vote

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber has admitted he is “fascinated” to see who the public will pick to play Jesus as part of his new TV show Superstar.

The ITV and STV show hits television screens later this year, and will ultimately find a new musical star who will play the iconic role in an arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Speaking to stv.tv’s Gill Harvey, Lord Lloyd Webber said he hopes that the show will spark religious debate.

“The public will take the final decision and it’s going to be fascinating, we’re going through a very interesting time at the moment where the whole question of religion is being debated an awful lot,” the legendary composer explained.

“I think it’s going to be fascinating first to start a debate about religion. I’m not talking necessarily that Jesus was God, because our piece does not go there, it’s about Christ as a man in the last few days of his life, and we leave that deliberately open.

“But I think anything  that gets a debate going about where religion is in our society, which I hope will happen, is a very, very good thing.”

Lloyd Webber and a team of industry experts wlll judge the hopefuls on the show - but ultimately the audience at home will pick the person who will play Jesus on stage.

And Andrew has thrown his full support behind the public vote, because they "haven't got it wrong" yet.

“That of course is the excitement, I will be fascinated to see who or what the public think Jesus to be, because the public’s got it right in all of the occasions, we did four shows before," he explained.

"They got The Sound of Music right, they got Joseph right, they got Oliver right and they got The Wizard of Oz right, so it’s going to be very, very exciting.

“And as the public haven’t got it wrong I’m going to be fascinated to see where they go.”

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