After collaborating with the BBC on four talent search shows, stage impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber is teaming with ITV for Superstar. The reality musical show’s winner will be crowned with the title role in an arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar later this year. Auditions are to take place in February and March in London, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. A judging panel will select candidates who will then be mentored before the final live shows. The entire series is to air on ITV1 this summer, although the number of episodes has yet to be determined. The public will vote on the outcome. Lloyd Webber will act as a judge with 3 other names to be announced soon. A show host announcement is also pending. The casting of Mary and Judas for the rock opera’s tour will not be part of the ITV Studios-produced TV show.
I would totally watch that show. Hopefully, they'll stick something controversial in there—Gay Jesus vs. Muslim Jesus! The mind boggles!—to get the evangelicals all up in a tizzy.