I really feel I need salvation after sitting through a week’s worth of Superstar however I have enjoyed unintentional hilarity via Amanda Holden’s disastrous turn as host especially last night when she messed up the voting line numbers and had to repeat them. Tonight Holden was a given a helping hand as all of the Jesuses stood awkwardly on stage as she recited their numbers before breaking into a very shouty rendition of The Who’s Pinball Wizard.
After meeting their families last night, tonight’s opening VT’s gave us a better idea of the contestants’ home life with Jon up first tucking into a lovely meal of ham and milk. Jon’s performance tonight was of U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ as he was accompanied on stage by lots of dancers in suits doing a weird interpretive routine. Kicking off tonight’s judgments was Jason who told Jon he delivered a beautiful, tender interpretation of a very classy song however he still doesn’t think Jon has blown him away. Mel praised Jon for being in good voice adding that he handled everything in the song however she did note it was a fairly easy song to sing. Andrew wasn’t sure yet telling Jon he was a bit sharp in places before adding that he didn’t get Jesus of Nazareth but rather Jesus of Las Vegas obviously adding to his many comments about Jon being too much of a cabaret singer.
We saw Jeff having his hair and make-up done in his opening VT while Jason also offered him some words of wisdom before tackling Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ accompanied by acrobats and a wind machine. The first of the panel to comment on Jeff was Dawn who described his performance as fantastic saying that he’d come on so much over the six shows and she can’t imagine where he’ll go next she finished by telling him he was a mammoth talent. Jason said it was good to see Jeff come out of his shell, noting that he was in the zone but he did warn him to watch his vocal stamina when he was constantly hitting the high notes however he did say that this didn’t detract from what was a wonderful performance. Andrew said that Jeff displayed plenty of energy and released his inner rock God.
Roger’s opening VT saw him sleeping, which was a bit creepy, although he then went out and did an incredibly sexy performance of Nina Simone’s ‘Feelin’ Good’ with plenty of good-looking female dancers to keep him company. Mel told us that Roger had been feeling unwell today and saying that the fact he could still deliver a performance like that was remarkable. Inevitably Dawn bought up the fact that Roger had been singing about a ‘New Dawn’, she said that he was shining so brightly and finished by saying that she thought he was a prince. Andrew finished off by complementing Roger on an incredible vocal performance admiring his handling of the words before saying for the first time that he could understand why people would follow Roger’s Jesus as he radiates an inner-glow.
There was more sleeping in Ben’s opening vignette as we saw him chill-out on his sofa with his headphones on however there was no relaxing during his performance of Foreigner’s ‘Cold as Ice’ in which he had a lot of choreography going on behind him. Jason started the praise by telling Ben he continued to grow by giving each performance 100% finishing off by telling him that he could win it. Dawn said that he was on a role and gave him credit for hitting some of the high notes while Mel wondered if he could get any better as he already has all the qualities to play the role of Jesus. Andrew finished off by saying that he’s grown the most in the contest adding that he totally convinced him with the story of the song before telling him to remain being himself and he’ll win the show.
Last night’s bottom two survivor Rory was up next with a rather simple performance of Keane’s ‘Silenced by the Night’. Dawn boosted Rory’s confidence by telling him that he was rising to the top describing his performance as lovely and focused saying that she finally thinks he’s found himself. Mel praised Rory’s expressive, sublime vocals before saying that he was doing funny, physical things to her whatever that means. Jason said he loved Rory’s unique vocal approach which reaches out and touches you saying that’s a very special attribute. Andrew also had positive things to stay in particular complementing Rory’s transition from the big notes to the small.
David also went on about stamina before going out and hitting plenty of high notes in his performance of Timbaland’s ‘Apologise’. Jason commented that the narrative of the song played to his strength noting that he came out fighting and he concluded by telling David he hopes he goes all the way. Mel described David as one of the strongest vocalists in the competition adidng that whenever he performs he moves her. Dawn praised David for always being in control, describing him as completely authentic and telling him that he’d make a unique, modern Jesus. Andrew thought David had the ability to make anybody in a crowd feel special but also thought his vocals were remarkable throughout the performance.
Nathan ended the night-long theme of complaining about the hours of the show before sitting right in his comfort zone on a performance of Guns N Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ Dawn described Nathan as phenomenal adding that he had no problem whatsoever with the song and she couldn’t take her eyes off him. Jason said that the song absolutely suited him and that the show just got better he then let Nathan have his own say in which he voiced his praise for the judges as well as his feelings of nervousness. After Amanda had let ‘the talent’ speak there was no room for an Andrew Lloyd-Webber commentary but I’m guessing he’d say something about connecting with the lyrics.
So it was time for the double elimination and for the first time, that I can remember, Amanda told them to sit on the Stairway to Heaven which I thought was a nice touch. All three of the lads who ended up in the bottom three had never been in danger before with Jon Moses, Jeff Anderson and Roger Wright who had little help in Andrew’s notes for their performance ‘Could We Start Again Please?’ Andrew saved Roger almost straight away but he did tell Jon he would have a wonderful career before telling Jeff that one day he would be playing Jesus however he’s a little too young at the moment. Both Jeff and Jon thanked the panel before they did the whole group hug thing and disappeared into the light.
Now we’re down to our Final Five there are only three shows left and thankfully I get the weekend off from writing about the programme but as always I want to know your thoughts. Who are You Favourites? Did the right pair leave tonight? Leave Your Comments Below.