Well the good Lord certainly likes to keep viewers on their toes when it comes to Superstar, as tonight he revealed an extra twist during the sing-off.
Amanda Holden announced that Tim Prottey-Jones and David Hunter had received the fewest votes in the competition and that they would have to sing for survival.
Then, in an unexpected move, Andrew Lloyd Webber announced that they would perform their sing-off track AND have to take part in the show, before he would decide at the end who was going home. It was certainly dramatic.
After Tim and David sang The Beatles’ The Long and Winding Road, it was time for the first full performance of the night, and that came courtesy of Niall Sheehy, who sang One by U2.
Dawn French said: “You have to be more robust, you have to come out fighting.”
Andrew added: “You’re looking more like a star, I did worry about your pitch tonight, if you do get to play Jesus, you have to be 100% fit but you’re learning all the time and I hope you go further.”
Next, it was Rory from The Wirral, who delivered a rousing rendition of Roxanne by The Police, complete with sexy dancers.
Melanie C said: “You keep getting better and better and better, I’ve been looking forward to this song and you did not disappoint, you’re my daughters favourite.”
Clearly a favourite with the female judges, Dawn agreed: “Every single time you step up and deliver you’re utterly bankable, cute and powerful at the same time.”
Poor David was next to perform, after recovering from the shock of being in the bottom two.
He put his heart and soul into a performance of One Day Like This by Elbow and his efforts clearly paid off as Jason Donovan said: “That was a performance of survival, you are what I love about this competition, you give 100% to the acting side of it, you’re consistent and you’re believable.”
Ben Forster sang popular hit This Love by Maroon 5 and for Dawn, it was quite an eye opener.
She said: “I know you’re a pop singer but I think you need to open your eyes more, I need to see them.”
Andrew told him: “Your performance was truly truly outstanding, I think it was the performance of the night so far and you’ve set the bar very high.” Praise indeed.
Comeback kid Jon Moses from Newcastle was next and he performed I Won’t Let You Go by James Morrison.
Melanie told him: “What a big improvement on last night, you’re back in the game, you do need to work on your high voice though.”
Jason agreed, saying: “You look like your really enjoying yourself, I don’t think you’re in control with your falsetto, but the performance was great.”
Next, it was rock god Nathan James from Reading’s time to shine. Could he showcase his softer side with a rendition of How To Save A Life by The Fray? Yes, he certainly could.
Dawn said: “That was effortless, now is the start for you of a dignified humility, that’s the first time I thought you could play the role of Jesus.”
Andrew gushed: “What I find exciting is that you have taken everything on board that we’ve said, you believed in the material and believed in the words and it really showed.”
Former Lion King Roger Wright was determined to prove he could rock with a performance of Here I Go Again by Whitesnake.
Dawn, who has made no secret of the fact she has a soft spot (to say the least) for Roger, said: “Wow Roger, you can really rock out, thank you so much for expressing yourself to me, you’re so classy.”
Jason added: “I have got a big smile on my face, that was so much fun, right balance between soul and rock, one of the best performances of the evening.”
Fresh from the shock of once again being in the sing-off, Tim Prottey-Jones sang Dream On by Aerosmith and the judges believed it was a dream performance.
Melanie told timid Tim: “That was absolutely your best performance, you and David should not be in the bottom two.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber agreed: “You are first rate and I would like to say that I would like to be spirited away right now ahead of my decision.”
Last, but by no means least, it was baby Jesus Jeff Anderson’s chance to wow with Kiss From A Rose by Seal.
Jason told him: “You were a little tentative to begin with, there was a lot of passion in there, you really delivered tonight though and I think you should feel good about that performance.”
With that, the spotlight once again turned on David and Tim as their fate lay in the good Lord’s hands.
Faced with an agonising decision, Andrew decided Tim’s time in the competition was up, but insisted he has a bright future ahead of him in musical theatre.
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
- Check out all the performances from tonight's show here
- Dirk Johnston's exit interview
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