Wannabe Jesus Nathan James became the latest Superstar casualty last night after Andrew Lloyd Webber opted to have mercy on Roger Wright instead.
The Good Lord opted to send home long-haired rock god Nathan, after the boys went head-to-head in a heavenly performance of Love Changes Everything.
Nathan fans were no doubt devastated to see the 23-year-old axed from the contest; but not to worry, we’ve rounded up some of his main show performances and highlights to help lessen the blow. Enjoy!
At the start of the performance shows last Sunday (July 15) Jesus look-alike Nathan stormed on stage in style, giving an assured performance of Terence Trent D’arby’s hit Sign You Name, which won him praise from the judges, with Jason Dubbing him “confident, sensual and sexy”. Melanie C also dubbed Nathan “one of the most incredible vocalists I’ve ever heard”.
But cracks appeared the next night when Nathan returned with a rendition of Lloyd ‘s poppy hit Dedication To My Ex.
Jason warned the hopeful not to be too cocky in his performances, but Andrew Lloyd Webber was more positive, telling him: “I have to say that one thing we've seen so far is your rock voice and if it’s one thing you do, you do it superbly.”
On Tuesday Nathan picked himself up and tried again, as he channelled his softer side for a heaven-sent performance of Mr Big’s To Be With You.
Melanie C was full of praise, telling him: “You had some personal comments last night which is difficult for any person and it made you quite vulnerable and now we’ve seen your softer side… perfect."
However the issue of Nathan’s over-confidence was raised again, as Andrew asked him to show more self doubt like his mentor, Jesus, did.
The next night Nathan took the criticism on board as he performed How To Save A Life by The Fray and the judges rewarded him with top praise. Hallelujah!
Andrew seemed particularly pleased his criticism from the previous night had been listened to, commenting: “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.”
Dawn added: “Now is the start for you of a dignified humility.” However she added: “That’s the first time I thought you could play the role of Jesus.”
Rock god Nathan turned soul sensation on Thursday of last week when he tackled the Bill Withers classic Ain’t No Sunshine, giving a stunning performance that won praise. Unfortunately though, once again the judges showed doubt over Nathan’s super confident attitude.
Dawn commented that she was worried Nathan’s ego could take over his singing, while Andrew stressed the importance of knowing the difference between being a performer and a rock singer.
Despite the slight criticism, Nathan pulled himself together to deliver an outstanding performance of the Guns ‘n’ Roses hit Sweet Child of Mine, prompting Dawn to say: “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.”
The 23-year-old singer returned on Monday this week (July 23), when he performed Lady GaGa’s Born This Way, which Mel said was the “perfect” song for him.
And while the Good Lord Andrew was impressed with his singing, he was less taken with Nathan’s attitude.
He told Nathan: “Your voice is amazing but I think you love the song more than you love yourself. I want to know what you’re going to be like when you go into the rehearsal room where everyone is equal and big stars.”
Andrew then made reference to a message Nathan had posted on Twitter, which he didn’t seem to approve of. He said: “I worry about you. Why did you tweet a picture of yourself with a crown of thorns?”
The photo in question then appeared to have been removed from the hopeful’s Twitter account.
And after taking that grilling, Nathan had to face the dreaded sing-off with Roger, before receiving the devastating news that he had been given the boot.
Now just four hopefuls remain as the battle for their dream role of playing Jesus in a new touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar - Rory Taylor, Roger Wright, David Hunter and Ben Forster.
Superstar is back on STV and ITV tonight (July 24) from 9pm – make sure not to miss it!
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