Published Friday, 18 May 2012
A sneak peak of the Superstar judging panel. (© ITV)
Hundreds of singers have auditioned for Superstar - which will be shown on UTV - in front of casting director David Grindod, Melanie C and former Neighbours star Donovan ahead of the summer's live shows.
The finalists will battle it out on stage for the title role of Jesus in the first ever UK arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's legendary Jesus Christ Superstar.
"We have unearthed some cracking talent so far and I'm really pleased I've had time to get to know the finalists as we've moved through the competition stages," said Jason Donovan.
"It's an honour to sit by Andrew on the judging panel and I can't wait for the live shows to start."
Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has switched roles and will be hosting the show. She has been on hand for all the auditionees throughout the latter stages of the search getting to know each of their personalities.
"It's an absolute honour to be working with Andrew on Superstar. We've discovered some wonderful talent for the viewers, I already feel very protective of them, I'm like Mother Hen with all my boys!" said Amanda.
The winner will join comedian Tim Minchin, ex-Spice Girl Melanie C and radio host Chris Moyles in the rock production's autumn tour.
Comedy legend Dawn French said she's "gagging to find Jesus".
"I have actually been searching for him my whole life, and I can't believe that inside a few weeks we are going to find him. The fact that he is going to be a Rock God is a massive bonus," she added.
The live show judges will offer their opinions to each of the finalists on stage as they battle it out to win the votes of the public and special guest artists will also be invited to offer their opinions on the contenders.
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