Earlier this week BroadwayWorld announced that ITV1 and Andrew Lloyd Webber will launch 'Superstar,' described as "a brand new show that will give the British public the chance to choose the country’s next major rock star." The show seeks the new lead in an arena tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, to kick of at the O2 Arena in London.
According to STV, Lloyd Webber has already asked Nicole Scherzinger to sign on as a judge for the new show. A source told STV: 'Andrew is obsessed with Nicole - he thinks the world of her. As soon as he got the nod his new show was going to happen, Nicole was his number one target. He's got a great working relationship with her and Nicole hugely respects his work.'
Scherzinger recently starred in a special anniversary perfromance of Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera at the 2011 Royal Variety Performance.
Though Lloyd Webber's previous reality searches (How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, I'd Do Anything, Any Dream Will Do and Over The Rainbow) aired on the BBC, ITV is not a stranger to musical reality shows as it aired 'Grease is the Word' in 2007 to accompany NBC's 'Grease: You're the One that I Want.'
Auditions are slated in February and March across the country in London, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. The Stratford Shakespeare Festival's production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR begins performances on Broadway this March.
For more information, visit www.itv.com/superstar.