Andrew Lloyd Webber has defected to ITV for his latest talent search series, Superstar.
The show, due to air this summer, will see him seeking a young man worthy of playing the son of God in a resurrection of hit 70s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.
The musical lord has fronted BBC1 shows How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do, I’d Do Anything and Over the Rainbow in search of new theatre stars. But the winner of the new ITV1 series will play the lead in a stadium tour, starting at London’s O2 arena.
Lloyd Webber said: “Presenting a new, 2012 version of Jesus Christ Superstar for arenas is truly exciting. Some of the best performances of this show have been in rock venues and I’m thrilled to see the show return to its roots. ITV is providing the perfect platform for us to find a new, British Superstar.”
Viewers will vote to choose the show’s winner, said Lord Lloyd Webber: “It is the public who lead the casting process and they’ve got it absolutely right four times already. It’s been wonderful to see the careers of so many of the contestants blossom, so it will be especially fascinating to see who the public chooses as their Superstar!”
Auditions will take place across the country during February and March in London, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff in front of an as yet unnamed celebrity judging panel.
Got a God complex? Then apply to be on Superstar at itv.com/superstar