Superstar: The hunt for a new musical star kicks off this Saturday

The hunt for a new Superstar is a mere matter of days away, with the exciting new programme kicking off this weekend, on Saturday July 7.

Over the last few months legendary composer Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber has been travelling around the country with his handy team of helpers, searching far and wide for the next big star.

The person who lands the lead role of Jesus will star in the UK’s first ever arena tour of the legendary rock show Jesus Christ Superstar, which opens at London’s O2 Arena on September 21, before travelling to venues in cities including Glasgow, Newcastle, Belfast, Dublin and Sheffield.

It’s a hugely coveted role – so it’s important to get the right type of performer.

Auditions were held earlier this year across the country, with singer Melanie C and stage and screen star Jason Donovan joining Andrew to whittle down the hopefuls.

During the later stages in the search, host Amanda Holden has been getting to know some of the contenders a little bit better and guiding them through the tough competition.

The next stage sees the most promising of the hopefuls go through to the live shows, with panel judges Dawn French and Jason Donovan joining Andrew to give their opinions on who has Superstar potential.

The new touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar sees award-winning musical comedian Tim Minchin in the role of Judas Iscariot in the musical, while former Spice Girl Melanie C will take the only female lead as Mary Magdalene. BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show host Chris Moyles will make his major stage debut as King Herod.

But the lead role of Jesus will ultimately the decision will lie with the public, who will vote their favourite performer to play the part in a new arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Earlier this year Andrew told STV in an exclusive interview that it will be “fascinating” to see who the public choose to play the title role.

“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 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.”

Superstar kicks off on ITV and STV this Saturday July 7 at 7.25pm, when we will get a chance to see some of the auditions and call-backs.

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