Review: Jesus got me hooked
Now, I must confess I’m not usually a big fan of ‘reality’ TV shows, especially the ‘talent contest’ type. However, given that Jesus Christ Superstar is one of my two all time fave musicals (the other being Fiddler on the Roof, since you ask) I couldn’t resist a sneaky peek at the first show. I think we all know what’s coming next, don’t we readers (no, that doesn’t mean you should stop reading…) yes, you’ve guessed it, I was hooked.
Incredibly high standard right from the start – Jonathan Ansell (the lovely blonde one from G4, ex of The X Factor) didn’t even get into the final 11. Any of these chaps would be more than capable of playing the part and I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s spotted the numerical resemblance between the finalists and the apostles – well one short after you subtract Jesus and add Judas, who’s already been cast – so I do hope that they all end up with parts in the show.
In fact my fear is that it’s the casting of Judas which could possibly prevent the rightful Jesus from taking his crown. I mean of course the sublime Nathan James who has the real rock voice, range and charisma to carry the role. The judges haven’t been as enthusiastic about him as they ought, imo and I wonder if it’s because Tim Minchin has been cast as Judas. I wouldn’t say that they’re similar but there’s not such a contrast as between Tim and the boys with short dark hair such as David, Rory, Ben or Niall who are all strong contenders. Apparently Nathan’s been given a ballad to sing this evening so hopefully he’ll be able to show the vulnerability that Lloyd Webber’s after. We shall see…
Watch the trailer for Superstar below.