Niall Sheehy has been sent home from Superstar, becoming the fourth contestant to be voted off after a tense sing-off with Rory Taylor.
The Irish charmer, 31, failed to impress the judges as he found himself in the bottom two alongside Rory as the pair received the lowest number of votes from the public.
And as the duo went head-to-head in the sing off to Alyssa Reid’s Alone, Andrew Lloyd Webber, was left with little doubt over who he wanted to go through.
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 was criticised after he struggled with some tuning issues during his solo performance of The Calling’s Wherever You Will Go - something that caught the eye of all the judges.
Andrew had told him earlier in the night: “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.”
While Niall didn't agree with the judges comments, his plucky optimism wasn’t enough to save him and he became the latest act to be axed from Superstar.
The Irishman has been given plenty of good feedback throughout the competition, paritcularly when he delivered his version of the Hurts song Stay on Sunday night.
He followed this up with his rendition of The Script's The Man Who Can't Be Moved which he got mixed feedback for.
Jason Donovan admitted he loved him despite a less-than-perfect performance.
But despite his efforts, 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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