Niall Sheehy became the fourth contestant to be voted off Superstar tonight after a tense sing-off with Rory Taylor.
The 31-year-old hopeful had put up a stellar effort throughout his time on the show, but found himself in the bottom two after he and Rory received the lowest number of votes from the public.
The boys fought it out in a performance of Alyssa Reid’s Alone, before facing Andrew Lloyd Webber, who had the tough decision of picking who stayed and who left.
And for the legendary composer there was one clear winner – Rory. He told host Amanda Holden: "Amanda I’m not going to do some corny reality show moment where we wait for a tense pause, because obviously I’m going to save Rory.
“But I want to say something to Niall. This is very, very true. A very well known West End producer called me this morning in my hotel and said he’d seen a completely new Niall.
“I know there are roles for you in the West End. I think you could be a wonderful Marius in Les Miserables or a wonderful Raoul in Phantom of the Opera. I think you are going to have a long West End career – good luck!”
Niall had faced some tuning issues tonight during his solo performance of The Calling’s Wherever You Will Go earlier in the night, something which all the judges had picked up and commented on.
Andrew had told him after that performance: “I think acting-wise you’ve come up a huge amount. But I think what happens is when you go for the notes you’re pushing yourself and you go a big out of tune. But I really do congratulate you on the way you’ve come through with the acting.”
Mel C told the hopeful: “Now Niall I know you weren’t happy with your comments last night, but I think something nobody said is that your performances have been improving night after night. But I’m not sure about tonight. I really enjoyed the acting side but personally for me vocally I think you might be falling behind the rest of the pack.”
And Jason Donovan added: “You’ve got a lovely smile, Irish charm, you’re a charmer, but I just go back to this point that you need to be more consistent. There were some great moments there but at this point it needs to be outstanding. Night after night you have to come in and give 110 per cent.”
Niall wasn’t very pleased with the feedback, insisting he was putting his all into each and every performance and pointing out that he had been sick for four days. But it wasn’t enough to save him and he became the latest act to be axed from Superstar.
Niall has been given good feedback throughout the competition, but has also faced some less positive comments too.
On Monday he sang The Script’s The Man Who Can’t Be Moved and Jason Donovan admitted he loved him despite a less-than-perfect performance.
The next night he upped his game with powerful performance of Michael Jackson’s Dirty Diana, and on Wednesday he gave a brilliant rendition of U2’s anthemic hit One.
But despite his efforst, tonight Niall’s Superstar journey finally came to an end.
Following Niall’s departure the remaining seven finalists battling it out for the ultimate lead role are: Ben Forster, Jeff Anderson, Nathan James, David Hunter, Roger Wright, Rory Taylor, and Jon Moses.
Superstar continues tomorrow night (July 20) at 9pm on STV and ITV – don’t miss it!
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