The search for Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's Superstar is nearing the end. Tonight's semi-final saw the remaining four contestants perform in front of the nation in the hopes of winning the part of Jesus in the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.
First to take to the stage was Rory, with his impressive rendition of Phil Collins' 'In The Air
Tonight'. “What an incredible opening song,” said judge Jason Donovan. “You delivered a brilliant performance tonight...you're the rock star of this competition”.
Fellow judge Mel C agreed: “You are fast becoming one of my favourite all time singers”. Dawn French said that she always imagines Rory fronting a rock band, and that his performance tonight was a “mighty bid” for the part of Jesus. Andrew Lloyd Webber himself said: “You are extraordinary. You're a young Phil Collins. You would be fantastic in the role [of Jesus].”
Next up was Ben (who singer Katherine Jenkins later revealed to be her favourite contestant) singing Snow Patrol's 'Run'. The performance was described as a “show-stopper” by Dawn, who said: “That was heartbreaking. You've just played your trump card at the most perfect moment”. Jason called Ben's vocal stamina “absolutely insane,” and said that watching him on stage every night is becoming an event. Andrew Lloyd Webber kept his comment simple: “The Lord is awed”.
Former Lion King, Roger, gave an energetic performance of Otis Redding's 'Hard To Handle', which Dawn described as “hip thrustingly marvellous”. “Thanks for that Roger. I may be pregnant, I don't mind... I order you to stay in [the competition] otherwise I will restrain you in an inappropriate way,” said the comedian, who has been unsuccessful in hiding her crush on Roger throughout the competition. Jason Donovan then made a comment that launched him to the top of Twitter's Trends, calling Roger's performance “totes amazeballs”. Yes, he really did say that.
Finally, David sung his rendition of Macy Gray's 'I Try'. “Rarely would we see such extraordinary gifts and qualities in one bloke,” said Dawn. Jason called the performance “another great masterclass in singing and acting,” and said that he believes David deserves a place in the final of the competition. Andrew Lloyd Webber was also pleased with David's performance, but he did note that dance “might not be quite your area”.
Following David's performance, the lines were closed and the stunning Katherine Jenkins took to the stage to wow us with her incredible voice while the votes were being counted.
When it came down to the crunch, though, David and Rory found themselves in the bottom two, where they had to take part in a sing off to impress Andrew Lloyd Webber, who would then decide their fate. After an emotional performance of 'No Matter What' from the pair, who have become great friends during their time on the show, Rory was saved, leaving a disappointed David to leave the competition for good.
That leaves Ben, Rory and Roger to battle it out tomorrow, when one contestant will be crowned the Superstar and play the part of Jesus in the upcoming arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Who do you think should win?