'Jesus Christ Superstar' hopefuls living in lap of luxury

'Jesus Christ Superstar' hopefuls living in lap of luxury

The ten finalists in Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest talent search are already getting a slice of the superstar lifestyle in a luxury mansion.

The performers, who will battle it out in the coming weeks for the chance to take the title role in a new production of Jesus Christ Superstar, have spent two months shacked up together in a house on the outskirts of London.

Nathan James, 23, said the house, which includes a sauna and a cinema room, was "pretty pimped".

The Reading-based singer, who usually performs in holiday camps and on cruise ships, said: "We are living the life of luxury at the minute which is incredible. Our house is out of this world, you feel like a star."

But it's not all harmony in the house with one of the contenders, 24-year-old Dirk Johnston, admitting some of his singing has got on people's nerves.

He said: "I sing a lot, that was one of the things that came up, that people asked if I could stop because I just forget and sing all the time."

The finalists, who have to keep to a curfew of 11pm, have spent the last months learning songs and dance routines for the ITV1 show.

Musical maestro Lord Lloyd-Webber has already signed up DJ Chris Moyles to play King Herod alongside former Spice Girl Mel C as Mary Magdalene and Tim Minchin as Judas.

Dawn French and Jason Donovan have signed up as judges to help in the search for a new star and Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden will host the live heats.

The winner will take the lead role in a national tour, opening at London's O2 arena on September 21.

Photo: ITV

Monday July 16, 2012

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