Lloyd Webber Joins ITV1 to Search For A Musical Jesus

Andrew Lloyd Webber has quit the BBC and is on the hunt for a new Jesus.

This morning The Sun reported that a remake of the 1972 musical hit, Jesus Christ Superstar, is in the offing and Webber will be using a new ITV show to find the star.

Lloyd Webber will be crowned head judge once again while only Welsh singer Steve Balsamo, who played Jesus in a 1996 version, is also confirmed as a judge.
Four BBC musical reality shows including I’d Do Anything, Any Dream Will Do, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Over The Rainbow have yielded warbling success stories for the music mogul.

His plans to swap station are said to be a result of the BBC’s reluctance to schedule a show with potentially controversial religious undertones.

A source said: “He has been wanting to get this off the ground for some time but the BBC just didn’t want it.

“They had issues about auditioning for Jesus. They feared Christians would get hot under the collar.â€?

Following the success of the previous musicals featured, the Beeb have also faced criticism for effectively providing a weekly promotional spot for Lloyd Webber.

The source added: “The Beeb also kept getting flak for effectively promoting Andrew’s commercial interests.

“ITV chief Peter Fincham is close to Andrew’s people and has been desperate to do something with him for ages. Now it’s finally happening.”

Expect the usual speculation over who else will be judging but we are secretly hoping that Jason Donovan might be tempted back into ALW’s grasp…

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