Superstar (UK TV series)
|Created by||Andrew Lloyd Webber|
|Presented by||Amanda Holden|
|Judges||Andrew Lloyd Webber
|Composer(s)||Andrew Lloyd Webber|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||12|
|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|
|Picture format||16:9 (HDTV)|
|Original run||7 July 2012– 25 July 2012|
|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)
- 1 The Team
- 2 Format
- 3 Finalists
- 4 Live show details
- 5 The Arena Tour
- 6 Reception
- 7 References
- 8 External links
|The Panel||Andrew Lloyd Webber|
|Casting Team||David Grindrod|
|Vocal Coach||Yvie Burnett|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Key||Winner||Second place||Third place|
|Rory Taylor||24||Wirral||Second place|
|Roger Wright||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
|Place||Contestant||Night 1||Night 2||Night 3||Night 5||Night 6||Night 7||Night 8||Night 9|
|Night 3||Night 4|
|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|
|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
Night 1 (15 July 2012)
|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|
|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)
|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)
|Contestant||Order||Song (artist)||Result (Night 4)|
|Roger||1||"More Than Words" (Extreme)||Safe|
|Nathan||2||"To Be With You" (Mr. Big)||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. Lloyd Webber chose to save David.
Night 4 (18 July 2012)
|Contestant||Order||Song (artist)||Result (Night 5)|
|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)
- Group performance: "Livin' on a Prayer" (Bon Jovi)
- Guest performance: "Baby Come Home" (Scissor Sisters)
|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)
- Group performance: "Pinball Wizard" (The Who)
- Guest performance: "30 Minute Love Affair" (Paloma Faith)
|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|
|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)
- Group performance: "We Are Young" (fun.)
- Guest performance: "Greatest Day" (Gary Barlow, featuring Final 5)
|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)
- Group performance: "What's the Buzz" (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice)
- Guest performance: "Habanera" (Katherine Jenkins)
|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|
- Sing-Off: Rory and David were in the bottom two; they performed "No Matter What" from the musical Whistle Down the Wind by Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman, famously covered by Boyzone. After the performance, Lloyd Webber chose to save Rory.
Night 9: Final (25 July 2012)
- Group performances: "Hosanna" and "Gethsemane" (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice)
- Guest performance: "I Don't Know How to Love Him" (Melanie Chisholm, featuring Andrew Lloyd Webber)
|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
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. 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. 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. On May 30, 2014, the tour was canceled, mostly due to poor ticket sales.
|Episode||Air date||Timeslot||Overnight ratings
|Superstar Island||8 July||20:00||3.11||3.16||#16|
|Show 3||14 July||20:00||2.89||2.95||#29|
|Live show 1||15 July||20:00||3.08||2.99||#27|
|Live show 2||16 July||21:00||2.83||2.81||#26|
|Live show 3||17 July||21:00||2.37||Under 2.66||Outside Top 30|
|Live show 4||18 July||21:00||2.69||2.67||#29|
|Live show 5||19 July||21:00||2.90||2.83||#25|
|Live show 6||20 July||21:00||2.64||2.66||#30|
|Live show 7||23 July||21:00||2.59||2.49||#22|
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