Superstar: Roger Wright comes third after Ben steals victory

Superstar soul man Roger Wright narrowly lost out on glory during tonight’s tense grand final, after Ben Forster was named the winner and Rory Taylor the runner-up.

The 41-year-old was gracious however as he accepted third place, thanking the “amazing” team who worked on the show.

When asked about his show highlight, he said: “Well highlights woo, it’s been amazing – I had an amazing vocal coach, Yvie (Burnett) was brilliant, a fantastic panel, working with Andrew Lloyd Webber – wow.”

Andrew added: “It’s been fantastic to work with you.” The legendary composer later added: “Roger I can’t speak highly enough of, he’s the most wonderful contestant, the most wonderful man, and his voice is quite extraordinary.”

Throughout the Superstar live shows, the public have been voting for their favourite acts each night, but Jesus Christ Superstar writer and head of the panel Andrew has had the final say about who stayed and who was booted off the show.

But on Wednesday’s grand final it was purely down to the public who won the role of Jesus – and tonight they voted en masse to secure Ben Forster in the role in the touring production of rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar.

Roger had been one of the favourites throughout Superstar, impressing through every stage, from the auditions, to Superstar Island, to performances at Andrew’s villa in Majorca, before landing his well-earned spot in the live shows.

Completely at home on stage following a stint as Simba in The Lion King, the 41-year-old knew how to inject the vocal talent and personality into his performances that ensured he got to the grand final.

Roger made sure to demonstrate why he deserved to be performing on stage night after night, impressing with performances of songs including Procul Harum’s Whiter Shade of Pale and Here I Go Again by Whitesnake.  

A rendition of Otis Reading’s Too Hard To Handle on Tuesday night’s semi-final was one Rog’s biggest highlights though, with Dawn commenting:  “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.”

And earlier tonight during the tenses final Roger impressed once again with his rendition of Elton John’s classic Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, getting a standing ovation from the judges before waiting for his feedback.

Mel C told him: “Roger I remember how wonderful you were the first time I heard you all those months ago, and now look, we’re here at the final. I’m so, so pleased you’re here tonight. Whenever you open your moth such a wonderful sound comes out - and I’d still like to bathe in it!”

Dawn added: “What a splendid man you are Roger, you are such a golden talent. I see you playing so many leading roles in your future…

“I said a few nights ago I thought you were a Prince, but tonight I think you could be a King.”

Jason continued: “I could tell up there you were in the zone, you had the warmth, the presence, the charisma.”
 
And Andrew concluded: “Roger you were wonderful. You did take that song which I was frankly worried about, but you were right to take that song, you did it brilliantly.”

Roger, like the other guys, couldn’t win over the judges every night though and his performance of hits including Katy Perry’s Part of Me sometimes split opinion.

He didn’t let that put him off though, and simply returned stronger the next time – something that got him to the final three, no doubt.

Back in February this year, before Superstar kicked off, Andrew told STV in an exclusive interview that he was fascinated to see who the public chose as their ideal Jesus.

“The public will take the final decision and it’s going to be fascinating, we’re going through a very interesting time at the moment where the whole question of religion is being debated an awful lot,” the legendary composer explained.

Tonight the public chose Ben Forster as their Jesus – and we can’t wait to see him take on the iconic role as Jesus Christ Superstar hits arenas round the country.

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