What a show the Superstar semi-final was. With four Jesus hopefuls left in the competition, the good Lord, Andrew Lloyd Webber, had the unenviable task of making four become three, but who would he choose to say so long, farewell to (wrong show, we know)?
Rory Taylor was the first to perform as he took on In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins. Were the judges impressed?
They sure were, as Andrew commented: “You are extraordinary and that was a fantastic performance, you’re a young Phil Collins. You’d be fantastic in this role - you’re voice is clear as a bell.”
Next up was Ben Forster who sang Run by Snow Patrol.
Dawn French gushed: “That was a showstopper. That was a heart-breaking sublime version, you have just played your trump card at the right moment.”
Just when Dawn thought things couldn’t get more exciting, Roger Wright took to the stage to deliver a rousing rendition of Too Hard To Handle by Otis Reading. Yes, we were dancing along in the STV office.
Jason Donovan said: “Totes amazeballs (he’s so down with the kids), you just put a big smile on my face. You come back stronger every time and you are the spirit of this competition.”
Looking slightly flustered, Dawn gushed: “We just had James Brown meets Elvis meets Otis Reading. You totally got on board with the band, you are the balance of this show and I order you stay in.”
Finally, it was David Hunter’s turn to try and prove he is the rock god Andrew is looking for. He sang I Try by Macy Gray, which saw Mel C say: “I absolutely loved your interpretation of that song and beautifully acted.”
Sadly, the viewers at home weren’t quite so keen on the performance and David and BFF Rory found themselves in the sing-off.
As Jason would say, it was a totes emosh moment as the lads have bonded backstage and competing against each other was extremely tough. But, only one man can play Jesus, and after performing No Matter What from Whistle Down the Wind, Andrew decided it was David’s time to go. But he reassured the talented 27-year-old that it wouldn’t be the last we hear of him. We’ll hold you to that Lord.
As a special treat on the semi-final, Welsh wonder warbler Katherine Jenkins performed a sizzling version of Habanera, before admitting if she had to take one of the lads home (what a tough job that would be), she would pick Ben… or Roger. Watch your back Jenkins, Dawn will be after you!
Now, Roger Wright, Ben Forster and Rory Taylor will battle it out in the Superstar grand finale in a bid to win the coveted role of Jesus in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Who do you think has the voice of an angel and deserves the part and who would you like to see sent packing on the Highway to Hell? Use our comment system to tell us.
Don’t miss the Superstar final at 9pm on Wednesday July 25. It’s going to be divine!
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