Mr Donovan speaks about his upcoming role in the ITV reality programme Superstar.
Are you excited about your role on Superstar?
I am really excited about my role on Superstar, it’s a fantastic new experience for me to be on the other side of a production and also because I’ve experienced what the contestants are going through. I know how they’re feeling and how to offer advice; it’s a great opportunity to share my experiences with them.
How has the standard been for talent?
We have seen a very high level of talent throughout the audition process from all different walks of life, all of which have different interpretations of the part of Jesus. The bar is very high and I feel honoured to be in the room with these individuals who are willing to put their souls out there and take risks.
What are you looking for?
The role of Jesus is a huge responsibility and a very demanding part. Jesus is on stage from the beginning to the end of the show so the part requires stamina as well as conviction and emotion – to embody this role they really need to give 100% and be prepared to take some creative risks and surrender their souls in a way. It’s a huge challenge and if that person gets it right, it could be a life changing moment.
How was it working so closely with Melanie C during the early stages?
Melanie is great. I’ve really enjoyed working with her and we’ve had a real laugh together throughout the audition stages. I’m delighted she has the part of Mary Magdalene; she is very talented and will bring something completely unique to the role.
You’re a judge with Andrew and Dawn for the live shows – how do you feel about that?
I’ve worked with and known Andrew for a very long time and feel thrilled and privileged to have been asked to join him and Dawn on the judging panel. I think it’s a really special team and I really can’t wait for the live shows to begin!
What kind of person would you like to see win Superstar?
Obviously I think the winner will need to have a great voice, huge charisma and versatility but we are not necessarily looking for your classic musical star.