Superstar final roundup: tears as Ben Forster crowned Jesus

Heavens above, what a final! Roger Wright and Rory Taylor both bid goodbye to their dreams of becoming Jesus in a show of tears, tunes and totty, as Ben Forster claimed the victory crown on Superstar.

The Sunderland singer had been one of the favourites throughout the competition and the public’s divine intervention ensured our Ben was blessed as the new musical messiah, after pipping Rory and Roger to the top spot.

Amanda revealed to the visibly tense trio that Roger was the first finalist to leave the competition, after a hair-raising group version of Gethsemane from Jesus Christ Superstar.

But let’s rewind first to the start of the heavenly night, which kicked off with the final three men taking to the stage together for a jubilant version of Hosanna, the first of three tracks from Jesus Christ Superstar to be sung that evening.

Then, first up on stage for the solo performances was Ben with a less than perfect version of Who Wants to Live Forever by Queen.

Although his nerves got the better of him – with the sharp-eared panel clocking Ben’s shaky start - Jason Donovan described the 31-year-old as a “true pro” for his quick recovery, before adding: “Each night you go up a notch and you’re the benchmark in this competition.”

Meanwhile, Dawn admitted the dark-haired hunk had been slow to grab her interest but noted: “You demand my attention now and have earned bucket loads of my respect.”

Hot on his heels was rock God Rory Taylor, who called upon the heavens for his song, I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing Aerosmith.

The Superstar-in-waiting was branded as the rock star of the competition by Jason while Melanie said the Wirral warbler blew her away.

Lord Andrew added: “Your voice is the clearest of clearest rock bells, you inhabit the song yourself, and once again bravo.”

Flirty Dawn French’s favourite, Roger Wight, was the final of the flock to face the panel for a powerful version of Elton John’s Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me which the judges said proved he had earned his place in the final three.

Dawn, as usual, lavished the former Lion King star with praise, as she gushed: “What a splendid man you are, you’re such a golden talent, I thought you were a prince a few nights ago, now I think you’re a king”

Melanie said: “I’m so pleased you’re here tonight, and I’d still like to bathe in your voice.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber added: “You were wonderful, you were fabulous, you took that song and really did brilliantly tonight.”

The fabulous trio then earned a welcome break as they were serenaded by panellist Melanie C, accompanied by the good Lord himself on piano, with a heartfelt world exclusive performance of I Don’t Know How To Love Him from the musical.

It was clear that the nerves were running high amongst the finalists as presenter Amanda Holden announced who had come third in the public vote: sadly for Roger, the saints were no longer on his side and the silky-voiced singer moonwalked his way out of the competition…and out of Dawn’s heart.

With Rory and Ben remaining, Ben was crowned the Superstar champion.The cute-as-a-button rock god burst into tears of joy as he gave his thanks to his fans, before launching into a rousing finale of Hosanna with the 11 other disciples in tow. Aw bless!

GOOD HEAVENS

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