Anyone who flicked through the terrestrial channels on Sunday night (8 July) may have noticed that weekend family TV has reached a whole new level of greatness by coming to one of Miloco’s luxury studios. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for the next Jesus Christ Superstar, as documented on the ITV show, ‘Superstar’, has landed on Osea Island, Miloco’s exclusive retreat off the coast of Essex.
This is great stuff. ‘Jesus Bootcamp’ is being broadcasted from the beautiful shores of Osea, re-dubbed ‘Superstar Island’ for the purposes of the programme, even if Lord Lloyd Webber himself momentarily forgot the pseudonym at 3:35 in, one of many highlights which also include:
a) One contestant’s remark on Osea’s isolated position in the Blackwater Estuary; “Ironically, the only way we seem to be able to get off this island is to actually walk across water”
b) The look on Lloyd Webber’s face at 25:36 when a participant desecrates one of his famous melodies with an inexplicable attempt at beatbox.
Taking part at ‘Jesus Bootcamp’ is clearly not for the fainthearted. Several Christ hopefuls found this out in merciless fashion, amongst them: an extremely vain Aberdonian guy called Ross, a man who once acted the role of Simba in the West End production ‘The Lion King’, and Jonathan Ansell from G4 who is accused of making the lyrics ‘orange trees’, “smell like farts” by one especially cordial acting coach named Donna.
Also starring: Melanie “I’m not sure Andrew will see the funny side to this” Chisholm, Jason “I like the idea of having fun” Donovan, and Amanda “his eyes are bloodshot and he has red wine stains on his lips” Holden.
If this interests you at all you can catch up with the latest episode of ‘Superstar’, filmed on Osea Island on ITV Player for a limited time only: http://www.itv.com/itvplayer/video/?Filter=320795.