TONIGHT’S the night Superstar finalist Ben Forster will find out if he will be crowned Jesus.
The Millfield lad said: “It’s the most incredible feeling just to be in the final of a competition like this.”
Ben is in the final three in ITV’s search for the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Jesus Christ Superstar.
Last night, the 31-year-old wowed the judges with his rendition of Snow Patrol’s Run, securing himself a spot in tonight’s final.
Ben said: “It’s been the strangest thing that’s happened to me.
“I keep thinking, wouldn’t it be nice if this was all real, then remembering that it is.”
The possibility of being crowned Superstar is something Ben is still trying to take in.
“It’s something so far out of my imagination, I would be completely amazed if I won. I think I would just laugh.
“My adrenaline is pumping every day I get through this crazy competition.”
The ex-Thornhill pupil said he is overwhelmed by the support from his home city and former school.
“I can’t believe everybody is behind me. It makes me feel completely amazed and I’m so thankful for it all.”
Ben’s sister, Abbey Lancaster, 37, of Penshaw, said the family is so proud of what Ben has achieved.
Abbey said: “We are proud as punch of him and that he has got this far. He has done us all proud and we are just ecstatic at the moment.
“He has brought people together in Sunderland and it has been a great experience for him.”
Abbey added that Ben’s friendly personality has shone through and people can see what a genuine person he is.
“I think he’s got what it takes to play this role. People can see they type of person that Ben is and I think that helps,” she said.
Ben’s family has been a pillar of strength to the aspiring Jesus, and a crowd of friends and family showed their backing by gathering to watch his performances.
Ben’s cousin, Vicky Talbot, headed-up the excited crowd of Ben supporters at her home in Grangetown.
The 35-year-old said: “I think he has been outstanding. The comments that the judges keep giving reflect that.
“I went down to watch him from the audience and it was overwhelming. We were screaming and felt like our heads were going to explode.”
Sunderland City Council Mayor Iain Kay is also backing the talented performer.
He said: “This is great news and congratulations to Ben.
“There have been, not just his family and friends following him and urging him on, but people across the city and across the region.
“This is probably one of the greatest ever stage roles that anybody could ever aspire to have.
“The very best of luck with the final round.”
The final show is on ITV tonight at 9pm, with voting lines opening after each contestant has sung.
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