Superstar (UK TV series)

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Not to be confused with Superstar (TV series).
Superstar
SuperstarITV.jpg
Genre Reality
Created by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Presented by Amanda Holden
Judges Andrew Lloyd Webber
Melanie Chisholm
Jason Donovan
Dawn French
David Grindrod
Composer(s) Andrew Lloyd Webber
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 12
Production
Executive producer(s) Peter Davey
Location(s) Various cities (auditions)
Osea Island (Superstar Island)
The Fountain Studios (live shows)
Running time 60–90 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 16:9 (HDTV)
Original run 7 July 2012 (2012-07-07)  – 25 July 2012 (2012-07-25)
Chronology
Related shows How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria? (2006)
Any Dream Will Do (2007)
I'd Do Anything (2008)
Over the Rainbow (2010)
External links
Website

Superstar was a UK talent search, looking for the lead role in the production Jesus Christ Superstar. The series started on 7 July 2012 on ITV and was presented by Amanda Holden.

In the final, on 25 July 2012, 31-year-old Ben Forster was chosen as Jesus to perform the role in the UK arena tour starting in September 2012.[1]

The Team[edit]

Role Team
Presenter Amanda Holden
The Panel Andrew Lloyd Webber
Jason Donovan
Dawn French
Melanie Chisholm
Casting Team David Grindrod
Vocal Coach Yvie Burnett

Format[edit]

Nationwide auditions[edit]

The Nationwide auditions began in March 2012 visiting London, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. The judges are Andrew Lloyd Webber, Melanie Chisholm, Jason Donovan and David Grindrod. Host Amanda Holden was on hand for the auditionees.[2]

Grindrod judged the nationwide auditions and was joined by Donovan and Chilsholm at the 'Callback' round held at the O2 Academy in Brixton, London. Over 100 contestants were invited to the 'Callback' round in London. Lloyd Webber watched all the performances from a balcony at the side of the stage.

Cities that auditions were held in.

Superstar Island[edit]

The final 41 contestants are invited to 'Superstar Island' (Osea Island in Essex) for a week of training. Jonathan Ansell is a notable contestant who failed to pass this stage of the show.[3]

Final rounds[edit]

The final 30 contestants were invited to Lloyd Webber's villa in Majorca. After 10 were eliminated on arrival, the remaining contestants performed again in front of Lloyd Webber.

The next day, the contestants travelled back to Great Britain via coach (with the journey taking 25 hours) and performed a final time in front of the panel, with an accompanying band onstage, for a place in the live shows.

Live shows[edit]

The Live show stages of the search were judged by Melanie Chisholm, Jason Donovan, Dawn French and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The live shows were broadcast live from Fountain Studios in Wembley and took place over nine nights (excluding Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 July). The final was held on 25 July 2012.

The contestants perform on the first live show with the results of the public vote announced during the following night's show. The two contestants with the lowest votes competed in the Sing-Off to stay in the competition. After the performance, Lloyd Webber then decided which potential Jesus to keep in the contest. The saved Jesuses could be seen on the "Stairway to Heaven". The eliminated Jesus(es) then "walks into the light" and leaves the stage.

Finalists[edit]

Key      Winner      Second place      Third place
Name Age* From Position reached
Ben Forster 31 Sunderland Winner
Rory Taylor 24 Wirral Second place
Roger Wright[4] 41 East London Third place
David Hunter 27 Warrington 4th – Eliminated 8th on Night 8 (24 July)
Nathan James 23 Reading 5th – Eliminated 7th on Night 7 (23 July)
Jeff Anderson 21 Belfast Joint 7th/6th – Eliminated 5th/6th on Night 6 (20 July)
Jon Moses 28 Newcastle upon Tyne
Niall Sheehy 31 County Wicklow 8th – Eliminated 4th on Night 5 (19 July)
Tim Prottey-Jones 32 Birmingham 9th – Eliminated 3rd on Night 4 (18 July)
Dirk Johnson 24 Scotland 10th – Eliminated 2nd on Night 3 (17 July)
Afnan Iftikhar 23 North Shields 11th – Eliminated 1st on Night 2 (16 July)

* at time of competition

Results summary[edit]

Stage Finals
Place Contestant Night 1 Night 2 Night 3 Night 5 Night 6 Night 7 Night 8 Night 9
Night 3 Night 4
1 Ben Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
2 Rory Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 2 Safe Safe Bottom 2 Second place
3 Roger Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Safe Third place
4 David Safe Safe Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated 8th
5 Nathan Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated 7th
6 Jeff Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated 5th/6th
7 Jon Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe
8 Niall Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated 4th
9 Tim Safe Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Eliminated Eliminated 3rd
10 Dirk Bottom 2 Eliminated Eliminated 2nd (Night 3)
11 Afnan Eliminated Eliminated 1st (Night 2)

Live show details[edit]

Night 1 (15 July 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the first live show
Contestant Order Song (artist) Result (Night 2)
David 1 "Forget You" (Cee Lo Green) Safe
Dirk 2 "Make You Feel My Love" (Adele) Bottom two
Nathan 3 "Sign Your Name" (Terence Trent D'Arby) Safe
Ben 4 "Somebody That I Used to Know" (Gotye) Safe
Niall 5 "Stay" (Hurts) Safe
Tim 6 "Stone Cold Sober" (Paloma Faith) Safe
Roger 7 "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (Procol Harum) Safe
Jon 8 "Since U Been Gone" (Kelly Clarkson) Safe
Afnan 9 "Next to Me" (Emeli Sandé) Eliminated
Jeff 10 "Red" (Daniel Merriweather) Safe
Rory 11 "Are You Gonna Go My Way" (Lenny Kravitz) Safe
  • Sing-Off (Night 2): Afnan and Dirk were in the bottom two; they performed the song "Memory" from the musical Cats. After the performance, Lloyd Webber chose to save Dirk.

Night 2 (16 July 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Contestant Order Song (artist) Result (Night 3)
Ben 1 "She Said" (Plan B) Safe
Tim 2 "The First Cut Is the Deepest" (Cat Stevens) Bottom two
Rory 3 "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" (Kelly Clarkson) Safe
Nathan 4 "Dedication to My Ex" (Lloyd ft. André 3000 & Lil Wayne) Safe
Roger 5 "Part of Me" (Katy Perry) Safe
Dirk 6 "Titanium" (David Guetta ft. Sia) Eliminated
Jeff 7 "Mr Brightside" (The Killers) Safe
Niall 8 "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" (The Script) Safe
Jon 9 "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Bonnie Raitt) Safe
David 10 "Nothing's Real But Love" (Rebecca Ferguson) Safe
  • Sing-Off (Night 3): Tim and Dirk were in the bottom two; they performed the song "Hurt" by Christina Aguilera. After the performance, Lloyd Webber chose to save Tim.

Night 3 (17 July 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the third live show
Contestant Order Song (artist) Result (Night 4)
Roger 1 "More Than Words" (Extreme) Safe
Nathan 2 "To Be With You" (Mr. Big) Safe
Rory 3 "Dakota" (Stereophonics) Safe
Jon 4 "I Want To Know What Love Is" (Foreigner) Safe
David 5 "You've Got The Love" (The Source and Candi Staton) Bottom two
Ben 6 "Everybody Hurts" (R.E.M.) Safe
Tim 7 "Time Is Running Out" (Muse) Eliminated
Jeff 8 "How You Remind Me" (Nickelback) Safe
Niall 9 "Dirty Diana" (Michael Jackson) Safe
  • Sing-Off (Night 4): David and Tim were in the bottom two; they performed "The Long and Winding Road" by The Beatles. Before the performance, Lloyd Webber decided not to eliminate either of them until he had seen the solo performances they had prepared for the night. They both performed on Night 4 with the elimination at the end of the show.[5] Lloyd Webber chose to save David.

Night 4 (18 July 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
Contestant Order Song (artist) Result (Night 5)
Niall 1 "One" (U2) Safe
Rory 2 "Roxanne" (The Police) Safe
David 3 "One Day Like This" (Elbow) Bottom two
Ben 4 "This Love" (Maroon 5) Safe
Jon 5 "I Won't Let You Go" (James Morrison) Safe
Nathan 6 "How to Save a Life" (The Fray) Safe
Roger 7 "Here I Go Again" (Whitesnake) Safe
Tim 8 "Dream On" (Aerosmith) Eliminated (Night 4)
Jeff 9 "Kiss from a Rose" (Seal) Safe

Night 5 (19 July 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
Contestant Order Song (artist) Result
Jeff 1 "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (The Rolling Stones) Safe
David 2 "Nothing Compares 2 U" (Sinéad O'Connor) Safe
Rory 3 "Fix You" (Coldplay) Bottom two
Nathan 4 "Ain't No Sunshine" (Bill Withers) Safe
Ben 5 "Fast Car" (Tracy Chapman) Safe
Niall 6 "Wherever You Will Go" (The Calling) Eliminated
Jon 7 "Feel" (Robbie Williams) Safe
Roger 8 "Rolling in the Deep" (Adele) Safe
  • Sing-Off: Rory and Niall were in the bottom two; they performed "Alone" by Heart. After the performance, Lloyd Webber chose to save Rory.

Night 6 (20 July 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
Contestant Order Song (artist) Result
Jon 1 "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" (U2) Eliminated
Jeff 2 "Whole Lotta Love" (Led Zeppelin)
Roger 3 "Feeling Good" (Nina Simone) Bottom three
Ben 4 "Cold As Ice" (Foreigner) Safe
Rory 5 "Silenced by the Night" (Keane) Safe
David 6 "Apologize" (OneRepublic) Safe
Nathan 7 "Sweet Child o' Mine" (Guns N' Roses) Safe
  • Sing-Off: Jon, Jeff and Roger were in the bottom three; they performed the song "Could We Start Again Please?" from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. After the performance, Lloyd Webber chose to save Roger.

Night 7 (23 July 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
Contestant Order Song (artist) Result
Nathan 1 "Born This Way" (Lady Gaga) Eliminated
Roger 2 "Handbags and Gladrags" (Chris Farlowe) Bottom two
David 3 "Too Close" (Alex Clare) Safe
Rory 4 "Under Pressure" (Queen and David Bowie) Safe
Ben 5 "It Must Have Been Love" (Roxette) Safe
  • Sing-Off: Nathan and Roger were in the bottom two; they performed the song "Love Changes Everything" from the musical Aspects of Love. After the performance, Lloyd Webber chose to save Roger.

Night 8: Semi-final (24 July 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the eighth live show
Contestant Order Song (artist) Result
Rory 1 "In the Air Tonight" (Phil Collins) Bottom two
Ben 2 "Run" (Snow Patrol) Safe
Roger 3 "Hard to Handle" (Otis Redding) Safe
David 4 "I Try" (Macy Gray) Eliminated

Night 9: Final (25 July 2012)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the ninth live show
Contestant Order Song (artist) Result
Ben 1 "Who Wants to Live Forever" (Queen) Winner
Rory 2 "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith) Runner Up
Roger 3 "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (Elton John) Third place

The Arena Tour[edit]

The tour traveled across the country from 21 September until 21 October 2012 and toured in the following venues: London O2 Arena, Glasgow SECC, Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, Manchester Arena, Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, National Indoor Arena Birmingham, Belfast Odyssey, The O2 Dublin, Echo Arena Liverpool, Nottingham Capital FM and Motorpoint Arena Sheffield.[6] Joining Forster was comedian Tim Minchin as Judas Iscariot, Melanie Chisholm as Mary Magdalene, BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles as King Herod, Alexander Hanson as Pontius Pilate, Pete Gallagher as Caiaphas, Gerard Bentall as Annas, Michael Pickering as Peter, and Giovanni Spano as Simon Zealotes.

The tour resumed in March 2013 in Australia with Forster, Minchin, and Chisholm reprising their respective roles. Australian TV personality Andrew O'Keefe played the role of King Herod for the Australian leg of the tour, with New Zealand born Jon Stevens (who played Judas in the 1992 Australian arena tour and the 1994 theatre production) playing Pilate.[7] Superstar runner-up Rory Taylor appeared as Simon Zealotes.

The North American tour was to commence on June 9 starting in New Orleans, with stops including Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and more before ending in Philadelphia on Aug. 17. This leg of the tour was to feature Forster reprising his role as Jesus, Brandon Boyd of rock band Incubus as Judas, Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams as Mary Magdalene, former 'N Sync singer JC Chasez as Pilate, and former Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd lead singer John Lydon as King Herod.[8] On May 30, 2014, the tour was canceled, mostly due to poor ticket sales.[9]

Reception[edit]

Official ratings are supplied by the UK Programme Ratings website, BARB.[10]

Ratings[edit]

Episode Air date Timeslot Overnight ratings
(millions)
Official ratings
(millions)
Weekly rank
Auditions 7 July 19:25 3.04[11] 3.03 #18
Superstar Island 8 July 20:00 3.11[12] 3.16 #16
Show 3 14 July 20:00 2.89[13] 2.95 #29
Live show 1 15 July 20:00 3.08[14] 2.99 #27
Live show 2 16 July 21:00 2.83[15] 2.81 #26
Live show 3 17 July 21:00 2.37[16] Under 2.66 Outside Top 30
Live show 4 18 July 21:00 2.69[17] 2.67 #29
Live show 5 19 July 21:00 2.90[18] 2.83 #25
Live show 6 20 July 21:00 2.64[19] 2.66 #30
Live show 7 23 July 21:00 2.59[20] 2.49 #22
Semi-final 24 July 21:00 2.54[21] 2.54 #21
Final 25 July 21:00 3.17[22] 3.11 #13
Series average 2012 N/A 2.82 2.82 N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ben Forster crowned as Jesus in ITV's 'Superstar'". Digital Spy. 25 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "The panel and host announced". itv.com. May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  3. ^ X Factor G4 singer auditions for Lord Lloyd Webber's 'Superstar' - Superstar News - Reality TV - Digital Spy
  4. ^ Superstar Finalists: Meet Roger Wright Unreality TV
  5. ^ "Andrew decreed that Tim should leave the competition". Superstar. Archived from the original on July 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ Jesus Christ Superstar Tickets
  7. ^ DEBORAH JONES (1 June 2013). "Jesus Christ Superstar songs shine with Tim Minchin, Melanie C". The Australian. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.jesuschristsuperstar.com/north-america-arena-spectacular/
  9. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/arts/music/anger-for-jesus-christ-superstar-cast-and-a-black-eye-for-its-promoter.html
  10. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. 
  11. ^ "Andrew Lloyd Webber's Superstar launches with 3.2m on ITV1". Digital Spy. 9 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Andy Murray's tearful Wimbledon final defeat serves up 16.9m peak". Digital Spy. 9 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Big Brother slumps to 870,000 on Saturday night". Digital Spy. 15 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "'Family Guy' rockets to 1.2m on BBC Three after 'Shrek' boost". Digital Spy. 16 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "'Superstar' first live show stumbles along with 2.9m". Digital Spy. 17 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "BBC Two's 'Line of Duty' beats ITV's struggling 'Superstar'". Digital Spy. 18 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "'24 Hours in A and E' tops 9pm slot for Channel 4". Digital Spy. 22 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Dynamo continues to perform strongly for Watch". Digital Spy. 22 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "Olympics fever boosts BBC Three ratings". Digital Spy. 22 July 2012. 
  20. ^ "'Absolutely Fabulous' Olympics special grabs 5.6 million". Digital Spy. 24 July 2012. 
  21. ^ "'Superstar' latest episode attracts more than 2.5 million". Digital Spy. 25 July 2012. 
  22. ^ "'Superstar' soars to series high for Ben Forster's finale win". Digital Spy. 26 July 2012. 

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