Can you believe we have reached the penultimate show in the competition? In less than 24 hours we will know who will be our Jesus, and tonight Dawn is probably not the only one who is feeling “sick with excitement”.
Dawn composed herself enough to spend some time backstage giving our semi-finalists some coaching today. She was able to draw on her experience in the limelight to answer their individual concerns and assist them to get the best from their performance this evening. She also had a special gift for each of her favourites.
The show kicked off with the group number, which tonight was What’s the Buzz from Jesus Christ Superstar which enabled the four remaining contestants to give Andrew a brief but enlightening glimpse of how each of them will make the role their own if they win the prize in tomorrow’s final.
» Download the group performance of “What’s The Buzz?” on iTunes
After Katherine Jenkin’s beautiful rendition of Habanera from Carmen, the lines were closed, the votes were counted and David and Rory found themselves in the sing off. Andrew chose to save Rory.
Make sure you tune in tomorrow night at 9pm to watch Ben, Roger and Rory compete for the role of Jesus in the final. Lines are now open for you to cast your vote for your favourite. And here’s a reminder of this evening’s semi-final, and the panel’s comments AND you can download their songs on iTunes..….
BEN – Sunderland
♫ Run – Ben Forster
Ben had another unbelievable performance last night, he loved the song and was ecstatic at the comments he received. Although he still can’t believe he has made it to the semi final he would be distraught not to make tomorrow’s final, so is going out tonight determined to give it everything he has. Do the panellists think Ben has his opponents on the run? Dawn – that was a show stopper. That was heartbreaking, sublime. You have just played your trump card at the most perfect moment. Jason – that vocal stamina you have is insane. You are the real triple threat. You are a unique talent. Watching you every night is becoming an event. Melanie – another extraordinary vocal, ethereal, powerful, emotional. Andrew – you made it your own. A wonderful performance. The Lord is awed.
» Download Ben’s performance of “Run” on iTunes
DAVID – Warrington
♫ I Try – David Hunter
Although last night’s performance went really well, David is well aware at this stage of the competition that everyone is “brilliant”. He knows that the nearer they get to the final, the more important it is to go out and give the performance of his life. He doesn’t want it to end and will be gutted to go out now. Did he try hard enough to please the panel tonight? Dawn – you always sound like you. You personalise every song. On one hand you are the boy next door, on the other someone with rare, extraordinary gifts. Melanie – loved your interpretation of that song, beautifully acted. Jason – another great master class in singing and acting. You did brilliantly. I really believe you deserve a place in the final. Andrew – I now know we have four people who can absolutely play the role of Jesus. You are the great actor singer that the West End needs.
» Download David’s performance of “I Try” on iTunes
ROGER – London
♫ Hard to Handle – Roger Wright
Having found himself in the sing off for two shows running, Roger is keen not to put himself through that again tonight. He appreciates that all the remaining finalists are fighting hard for survival. Although being the in the semi-final is “amazing, Roger has one task remaining; to go out there and win! How did the panel think Roger handled his performance tonight? Melanie – you have the moves. Brilliant, I loved it, lovely to see this side of you. Dawn – exhilarating, impressive. You are the ballast of this show. I order you to stay in the competition. Jason – totes amazeballs, you put a big smile on my face. You come back stronger very time. You are a fighter. You are the spirit of this competition. Andrew – a wonderful showcase for what you do best. You are a song and dance man. A fantastic performer.
» Download Roger’s performance of “Hard to Handle” on iTunes
RORY – The Wirral
♫ In the Air Tonight – Rory Taylor
After performing his favourite song of the competition so far, and receiving his “Land of Hope and Rory” comments from the panel last night, Rory felt “brilliant”. He appreciates that tonight’s performance is huge, will be devastated if he leaves now and “really, really” wants to be in the final tomorrow evening. Did the panel think Rory deserves a place in the final? Jason – what an incredible opening song. Your voice has a great tone. You delivered a brilliant performance tonight. You are the rock star in this competition. Melanie – I knew that was going to be special. You are fast becoming one of my favourite all time singers. Dawn – assured, in control, evocative, effective. That performance was a mighty bid for the part. Andrew – the Fire and the Rory. You are extraordinary. You would be fantastic in the role.
» Download Rory’s performance of “In the Air Tonight” on iTunes