As we reported yesterday, the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber is to be celebrated in a special evening of songs from his hit musicals which is entitled, Andrew Lloyd Webber 40 Musical Years. It airs on ITV at 6.30pm…
However, ahead of it, Webber has made the rather astonishing claim that he was responsible for the death of ‘The King’, Elvis Presley!
The Daily Star reports, “The composer, nicknamed ‘The Lord’, wrote It’s Easy For You in 1977 for Elvis.
“And it turned out to be the last track that the rock ’n roll legend ever recorded for his album Moody Blue, as he died in August that year aged 42.” Read more & comment »
We reported yesterday that Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell were involved in some sort of secret project with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and this mornign we have finally gotten some details on what turned out to be a new show.
The X Factor stars are to join Myleene Klass and Mel C for a one off TV special which will celebrate the 40 year career of the acclaimed composer and TV star.
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Nicole Scherzinger won’t reveal whether or not she’s coming back to the X Factor this year but we can reveal that the brunette beauty will be working in the UK again very soon.
The former Pussycat Doll singer won favour with the British public after she put on a ‘schamazing’ show on the 2012 series of the ITV singing competition and she revealed on Twitter yesterday that she has a new and exciting project up her sleeve for her UK fans.
Nic was taking part in a Q&A session on the micro blogging site when a fan asked:
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Fans of Strictly Come Dancing will of course know that contestant Denise Van Outen has had to fend off criticism from people who think her former appearances in musicals gave her an advantage on the show.
That criticism began before she even debuted on SCD, with DJ Chris Evans kicking off the moans and claiming she’d probably win due to her dance training.
And of course, Denise has answered those claims repeatedly, and has done so again in light of new ‘fix’ allegations.
And while speaking to the Daily Star, Denise also hit out at Andrew Lloyd Webber for ditching her from his talent quest show, Over The Rainbow, and at her former radio presenting colleague, Johnny Vaughan… Read more & comment »
Andrew Lloyd Webber has reportedly decided not to venture down the reality TV route again, after his latest series ‘Superstar’ attracted such poor ratings.
The composer agreed to conduct a search for an actor and singer who could take on the lead role in his hit musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ on ITV this summer, having previously aired all his other series’ on BBC One.
However, while former runs have attracted in excess of six millions viewers per week, ‘Superstar’ struggled to top the three million mark on many nights.
The show ended on Wednesday, and Ben Forster won the role of a lifetime but insiders say Lloyd Webber is now done with the TV route. One told The Daily Mail:
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Yesterday, we reported that Superstar boss Andrew Lloyd Webber had ordered some of the chubby finalists to slim down if they hope to be in with a chance of landing the lead role in his remake of hit seventies musical, Jesus Christ Superstar.
And it seems he’s also ordered all the finalists to cut out the booze and nookie – banning the wannabes from having lady friends at the luxury house the finalists are sharing – in order to make them “focus” on their singing and performances on the live shows.
A show insider told the Sun, “For a show about finding the new Jesus Christ Superstar, some of the behaviour has been distinctly un-godly.”
The paper adds, “With the exception of teetotaller David Hunter, contestants had been indulging in boozy sessions after the live ITV1 shows and while watching the pre-recorded episodes…” Read more & comment »
Superstar creator Andrew Lloyd Webber has reportedly told a few of the remaining hopefuls that if they want the role of Jesus in his remake of hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar, they need to shed a few pounds!
Citing his reason for the direction, he said, “McDonalds didn’t exist in AD33.”
But according to the Daily Mirror, the finalists have had no qualms in taking the slim down order on board, and Nathan James has lost an incredible two and a half stones since auditions began. Tim Prottey-Jones, who was eliminated on Wednesday night, lost 18lbs.
It’s understood that finalist Jeff Anderson has also been told to watch his weight… Read more & comment »
Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed to TV Biz that if he could, he’d give all of Superstar’s eleven finalists a place in one of his musicals if he could, and he reckons he has the very thing…
He explained to the paper that he penned a rock opera entitled ‘Cricket’ for the Queen’s 60th birthday in 1986, and he hasn’t given up on the idea of one day seeing it come to fruition.
He said, “Eleven great singers, it’s enough for a cricket team… that’s a good idea!”
However, Superstar is of course all about the search for a singer to play Jesus in a remake of Lloyd Webber’s hit musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, and as fans of the show will know, last night saw the first stage of the live rounds.
And while speaking to the paper, Andrew gave his opinions on each of the eleven finalists… Read more & comment »
As fans of DJ Chris Moyles will know, he’s left his job at Radio 1 having worked there for about 230 years, and it seems that Superstar boss Andrew Lloyd-Webber blames himself for Chris’s rapid evac, and gotta tell ya Andrew, I blame you too.
But for why I hear you cry. Well, it’s because Moyles will be playing the role of King Herod in Lloyd-Webber’s new adaptation of his musical Jesus Christ Superstar, and therefore, Chris wouldn’t have been able to do both his radio show and tour with the musical.
And as far as Chris is evidently concerned, the role of baby murderer is one that’s just too darn good to give up.
However, when asked by The Sun about Chris’s radio departure, genteel Lloyd-Webber said, “I hope it’s not due to me. He made the point that if he was in the regions he’d quite like to do the radio show…” Read more & comment »
Andrew Lloyd Webber launched his latest reality TV series on ITV last night, but it seems that a huge proportion of the nation were not staying in to watch the first episode of ‘Superstar.’
The composing genius is on the hunt for a talented male singer to take on the role of Jesus in his new production of hit musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and last night’s installment saw the hopeful contestants that had made it as far as the callbacks and had to sing again for Andrew and his assistants Mel C, Jason Donovan and David Grindod.
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