Melanie C talks about her role in the hit TV series Superstar on ITV
Are you excited about Superstar?
I am so excited about the show and I feel very lucky to be a part of it. The
standard of talent is incredibly high and the arena tour of Jesus Christ
Superstar, I believe, is the most awesome prize any show like this has had to
How has the standard been for talent?
The standard is very high. From great, raw talent with very little or no
experience to West End leading men – an extraordinary amount of people
are drawn to this role, which has made the competition so high.
What are you looking for?
The show is incredibly powerful and requires a strong vocal and acting ability.
Although the show has more of a rock sound, I feel soul is very important for
the role of Jesus also. I feel he has to have charisma and vulnerability.
What has been your highlight from filming so far?
Being on Superstar Island with the last 40 was fantastic, we spent 5 days with
the whole team really putting the guys through their paces and setting all
kinds of challenges. Working with Andrew has been a personal highlight as
I’ve always been a huge admirer of his work.
How’s it been working so closely with Jason Donovan during the early stages?
I adore Jason. I’d never met him until working on this show together. He is so
talented, hard working and generous, he is a perfect mentor for anyone
aspiring to work in theatre or any aspect of the entertainment industry.
Although I do enjoy making fun of him, and he takes it very well!
You’re going to be Mary Magdalene in the Tour – how excited are you?
Beyond excited. It is a huge challenge for me, I can’t wait to find out who our
Jesus will be and working with an incredibly strong cast including Tim Minchin
and Chris Moyles is an honour and the tour is going to be out of this world.
Andrew has got together an absolute dream team including Laurence
Connor directing, who is highly respected for his direction on the 25th
Anniversary performances of Les Miserables (O2 in London) and The Phantom
of the Opera (Royal Albert Hall) amongst other things and Patrick Woodroffe 20
as lighting designer, who has worked on many big shows for bands such as
Depeche Mode and the Rolling Stones. This will be ground breaking, taking a
show, which is traditionally seen as musical theatre, and combining it with the
production of a rock show the biggest bands in the world would be proud of!
What kind of person would you like to see win Superstar?
Obviously someone who is a great singer but also somebody who works hard
and respects their talent and other cast members. This is a chance of a
lifetime and I am so pleased that the British public will have the opportunity to
choose their Jesus.
Have you given the finalists tips on performing on stage?
Both Jason and myself have tried to give all of them tips and advice from
singing technique to working as a team. I can’t wait for the live shows and
spending time with the finalists to see them grow and reach their full potential.
Can you tell us a secret from filming so far?
There are some real hotties in the running and all the girls in the production
team (including myself!) had a lovely time working with them! Make sure you
don’t miss a minute!
Superstar continues tonight on ITV1 at 9.00PM