*Just missed out on the final five in Any Dream Will Do, the 2007 search for the lead in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
*Won the Theatregoers' Choice Award for best takeover for playing Princeton in Avenue Q (left).
*Released his album So Close in 2009 and has toured worldwide.
How disappointed were you when you lost the sing-off?
A bit of both, really. I was there to win and I wanted very much to be Joseph so it wasn’t very nice being in a sing-off and facing eviction. That said, I had to turn it into a positive. I’d been watched by eight million people for seven weeks so that can only be a good thing. The next day I almost felt a sense of relief on being out because the whole process had been so intense. I was called the shock eviction at the time and although I can’t comment on whether that’s true or not, the Monday after the show the phone calls from my agent and producers went mad so that was a good thing.
Did Andrew Lloyd Webber stay in touch?
I don’t talk to him regularly — just occasionally let him know what I’m up to. About a year after the show he invited all the Josephs and all the Marias who were working in the West End out to dinner which was very nice. And I did receive a Christmas card from him, which was exciting.
What tips do you have for this year’s Superstar hopefuls?
Be yourself, be confident, but most of all fight your corner. The song choices are very important so if you think the song you’ve been given isn’t right for you, then say so. It was all very new to me and I was a bit naïve and probably didn’t do that as much as I could have. So, stand up for yourself and don’t take any s**t.
Any advice for handling a sing-off?
The sing-off is very emotional because you think this could be the last time you're going to sing. I kind of knew I was going because I was against Lewis, who I knew the panel loved and who looked like a Joseph with his long blonde hair, and it made it extra difficult because we’d become such good friends. I was sort of lucky because my sing-off was Bring Him Home, which is a song I’m very fond of and I was determined to show that the panel were probably going to make a mistake by getting rid of me. It was probably the best I’d sung in the whole competition. So be strong, be focused.
Are reality shows good for the industry?
I’d always wanted to play the part of Joseph so the only way to do that was to audition — it just happens that this audition was a television show. These days it’s all about having a profile and lots of shows want to use names to get bums on seats. What’s unique about these shows as well is that it’s getting a new, young audience, a TV audience, interested in theatre.
What’s up next for you?
I’m keeping busy, mainly doing concert work to promote my album, So Close, which is still selling well around the world even though it’s been out for two years. I’m going to the Far East to do more concerts, doing a short film, a second album and still out there auditioning for other bits.