Superstar show 2 roundup: Afnan v Dirk who was voted off

Good Lord, that was an exciting and emotional episode of Superstar.

The show kicked off with the results of the public vote and Dirk Johnston and Afnan Iftikhar found themselves in the bottom two.

After delivering moving performances of Memory from Cats, Andrew decided Scottish singer Dirk should remain in the competition, meaning Afnan became the first Jesus hopeful to be sent packing. Poor Afnan.

But onward and upwards in the quest to find a rock god and first to take to the stage was Ben Forster from Sunderland, who sang She Said by Plan B.

Melanie C said: “That was fantastic and it will be difficult to top”.

Andrew added: “You have a fantastic voice and are going to go a long way in this competition.” Well done Ben.

Next, Tim Prottey-Jones (don’t you just love that name) from Birmingham sang The First Cut Is The Deepest by Cat Stephens.

While both Jason and Mel noted slight pitching problems, Dawn French told timid Tim, “you sang that song so beautifully.”

Rory from The Wirral was next to sing for the Lord and his gang, and he performed rock chick anthem Stronger by Kelly Clarkson.

Mel told him: “I’m not a fan of this song, but you can sing anything, you are such a great singer and a natural performer - what I can’t wait to see is your emotional side.”

And Andrew appeared to love the performance, gushing: “I made notes in rehearsals, fantastic recording voice but will he cut it on stage and I don’t know if it’s the live band or the wonderful choreography environment but you are a superstar”.

Could Nathan James top that with a performance of Dedicated To My Ex by Lloyd? The clean version we would like to note.

Dawn said: “You are mesmerizing, very good strutting work, extraordinary panting, great tambourine work.  One thing I would say is in this competition; always be true to yourself.” The other judges echoed her sentiment.

Roger Wright from East London sang Part Of Me by Katy Perry but was it more soulful than rock god?

Spicey Mel said: “People see you as a wild card in this competition and there’s a natural edge to your voice.

While Dawn French wasn’t quite so keen on the song choice, she was still a big fan of our former Simba.

She told him: “Really Roger you are very powerful and solid but this song wasn’t quite your department and like a jacket that didn’t quite fit you, you need it to fit you properly and I will fit that jacket for you”. What an offer!

Next, it was time for poor Scottish hopeful Dirk Johnston to perform, after the trauma of being in the bottom two. He sang David Guetta’s dance anthem Titanium, but the judges weren’t exactly boogying along.

Jason Donovan said: “I’ll be really honest with you and I admire you coming back from being in the bottom two but I don’t think that song suited you.  It was a little pitchy and a difficult song to interpret, you need to release the beast and you need to rock out and I’m not seeing the edginess.”
 
Will Superstar fans give Dirk another chance to prove himself or is he once again in danger of being in the sing-off tonight?

Baby Jesus, Jeff Anderson from Newtonards, Northern Ireland sang Mr Brightside by The Killers. Was it a killer performance?

Dawn thought so as she told him: “That was ambitious to change the melody, well done.  You are blessed that the camera really loves you.”

Andrew added: “I thought you did very well, I think you will grow as we go on, you are internalising things a little bit and you need to let things out.”

Niall Sheehy performed The Man That Can’t Be Moved by The Script and Melanie told him: “We saw more of the cheeky chappy, there was one dodgy note but you recovered quickly.”

The good Lord appeared to be having doubts about whether Niall is right for Jesus, but he knows just the part for the handsome lad, as he said: “You remind me of David Essex in Godspell, I’d love you to come out of your shell a bit more”.

Comeback kid Jon Moses, who last night was promoted from understudy to full blown finalist, sang I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt.

Mel said: “I believed every single word you sang, you worked with the tones in that song beautifully.”

Jason was equally as blown away, as he told Jon: “I enjoyed it because you enjoyed it, you shone tonight.” Bye bye Butlins…

Did they save the best for last? David Hunter from Warrington sang Nothing's Real But Love by X Factor runner-up Rebecca Ferguson and he certainly had the X Factor tonight.

Jason told him: "They’ve saved the best till last, you tell the story, you inhabit the song, and I think you have a long long way to go.”

Andrew agreed: “It was an outstanding performance, you took in everything we talked about, you sold the song brilliantly, you were tremendous tonight.”

What a show, but who will be next to say so long to the Stairway to Heaven and hello to the Highway to Hell? We’ll find out when Superstar airs on Tuesday July 17 at 9pm.

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