The atmosphere in the studio was electric this evening as our three finalists faced the final almighty battle to secure the role of Jesus in this autumn’s arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar – and tonight it was all in the hands of the public to decide who would be crowned the chosen one.
The biggest night of Ben, Roger and Rory’s lives got underway with a spectacular group performance of Hosanna from Jesus Christ Superstar.
» Download ‘Hosanna’ on iTunes
After the individual performances, the Jesus Christ Superstar theme continued with the three finalists joining together for an absolutely showstopping rendition of the “most difficult” song Andrew has ever written; Gethsemane.
» Watch ‘Gethsemane’
Then lines were closed and while votes were counted the Arena Tour’s Mary Magdelene and Superstar panel member, Melanie C performed her pivotal number from the show I Don’t Know How to Love Him.
It wasn’t long to wait until the winner, and our Jesus Christ Superstar, was revealed as Ben, with Rory the runner up and Roger in third place. Andrew said “Once again, the British public have got it right. Ben is a true rock star and he just oozes arenability. The UK has a lot to look forward to when he takes on this iconic role.”
Here’s our final round up to remind you what happened, the panel’s verdicts, AND links to download the songs from the iTunes store.
BEN – Sunderland
♫ Who Wants to Live Forever – Ben Forster
Last night “the most amazing thing happened” to Ben when he found himself in tonight’s final. For Ben tonight was not just a culmination of months of hard work, but his “entire life”. Tonight he was determined to forget his tiredness and nerves and go out there and give his all. What were the panel’s final words to Ben?Jason – every night you go up a notch. You are the benchmark of this competition. You are a Superstar dot com. Melanie – I know you are brilliant. Your performances have been totally and utterly astounding. Dawn – that was electric. You always tell the story. You have completely crept up on me. You demand my attention and earn buckets of my respect. Andrew – you were mesmeric. I think you are a remarkable performer. You have set the benchmark completely.
» Download Ben’s performance of “Who Wants to Live Forever” on iTunes
ROGER – London
♫ Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Roger Wright
After two consecutive nights in the bottom two Roger couldn’t believe his ears when he heard he was safe last night. This experience, culminating in the live shows, has been a dream come true and provided so many amazing moments for Roger. He went out tonight with the aim of putting everything he has learnt into practice to show the public he has what it takes to play the role. What were the final words from the panel? Melanie – I remember how wonderful you were the first time I heard you sing. So pleased you are here tonight. I would like to bathe in that sound. Dawn – a golden talent. I see you playing so many leading roles in your future. Tonight I think you could be a King. Jason – you have that presence, that warmth, that charisma. You have certainly earned your place on that stage. Andrew – Roger you were wonderful. You did brilliantly.
» Download Roger’s performance of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me” on iTunes
RORY – The Wirral
♫ I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing – Rory Taylor
Rory felt last night was a bit “strange”, as he found himself in the bottom two and facing the sing off. Having survived the experience, he considered himself “so lucky” to be given another chance at winning the iconic role of Jesus, which has been the main focus of his life for the past six months. Tonight he resolved that he will deliver the best performance of the night. Here’s the panel’s parting comments to Rory; Dawn – I think this experience for you has been a proper boy to man voyage. The part of Jesus would be safe in your keeping. Jason – you take on all these iconic vocals and you match every one. Tonight’s performance was absolutely outstanding. Melanie – you can do no wrong in my eyes. You are up there with some of the most successful singers in the world. Andrew – Wonderful. Totally in tune. Fantastic performance. Bravo.
» Download Rory’s performance of “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing” on iTunes