Hunky Nathan James was booted off TV talent contest Superstar in a shock result on Monday night, after a tense sing-off with fellow hopeful Roger Wright.
The two men found themselves battling to remain in the competition after the public failed to show them mercy, with the men receiving the lowest number of votes.
Nathan and Roger presented Andrew Lloyd Webber with a heavenly rendition of Love Changes Everything, but the Good Lord decided it was time for rock god Nathan to leave.
He told host Amanda Holden: “This is not easy. Despite a fantastic performance [from Nathan] I’ve got to save Roger.”
After hearing the news, a clearly disappointed Nathan spoke of one of his biggest highlights in the competition, saying: “When we found out we were going to be singing with Gary Barlow in rehearsals that was really that was really scary it was kind of a milestone for me; to say I’ve sung with Gary Barlow is incredible. I really enjoyed it.”
He then added: “I would like to say thank you for all your comments, I really tried to take them on board and I really tried to do my best. I’m sorry if it wasn’t enough. And thank you to everybody at home for voting. That’s the first time I’ve been in the bottom two and that is a real achievement, it means people out there really care about me.”
After hearing that he had been saved by the Andrew, Roger said: “This is emotional, any one of us five could play Jesus. Nathan is phenomenal.”
Nathan was one of the most talked-about contestants in the series, with a natural rock talent that impressed the judges night after night.
Despite being voted off, he rocked out big time on Monday night with Lady GaGa’s Born This Way, prompting Dawn to exclaim: “You’re riding high Nathan, you’re mind-blowing talented.”
Nathan has been a true star throughout the run of Superstar. Last Monday he delivered a sexy rendition of Dedication to My Ex by Lloyd, which on him praise from the judges, although they warned him not to be overly confident.
The following night he reigned in his cocky attitude with a performance of Mr Big’s To Be With You – however it wasn’t quite enough to win the seal of approval from Andrew, who said: “There is no doubt you’ve got a God-given voice and I can see you performing as one side of Jesus in the theatre, but I’ve yet to see a side of self doubt in you as Jesus had, and that’s what I need to see.”
On Wednesday Nathan returned with a heavenly performance of The Fray’s How to Save a Life which delighted Andrew, who gushed over how he “believed in the material and believed in the words.”
Then the next night the rock god turned smooth soul star as he sang Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers, a performance that won over the judging panel.
Jason Donovan told him: “When you engage in the words and you keep them simple, absolute magic happens. I do worry about the vocal gymnastics, but that was another outstanding performance from you.”
And Andrew added: “I thought you did extremely well, when you believe in words you are truly extraordinary.”
Nathan was also in his element on Friday, rounding off last week’s live performances with a rock-tastic rendition of the Guns n Roses classic Sweet Child of Mine.
Dawn French told the 23-year-old: “That was phenomenal, yet again the song is no problem, you conquered it, plus when you perform you cannot take my eyes off you, you’re an eye magnet.”
However despite his positive feedback and outstanding performances, Nathan failed to keep his cockiness in check and his dream of landing the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar slipped from his grasp.
Now just Ben Forster, David Hunter, Roger Wright and Rory Taylor remain in the competition. The boys will return to battle it out again on Tuesday (July 24) at 9pm on STV and ITV – don’t miss it!
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