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We think Jeff Anderson will go all the way in Superstar, say singer’s bandmates

By Maureen Coleman

Singer Jeff Anderson was born to be a leading man, according to his bandmates in Wanted Alive.

As our pictures show, the 21-year-old performer rose to the challenge when he starred in a previous production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Jeff played the eponymous role in the Ulster Operatic Company's version of the rock musical, which ran at the Grand Opera House last year.

His stunning performance later won him an AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) award for Best Male Singer.

Band-mate Lee Hamilton, who plays bass guitar in rock five-piece Wanted Alive, along with Jeff, Ben Simpson, Glenn Burton and Mark Donnolly, said that their front-man was perfect to play the part of Jesus in Andrew Lloyd Webber's new arena production.

“Jeff is a born performer,” he said.

“He really feeds energy to the rest of the band. And he's a nice guy too. There's nothing of a diva about him.”

Lee said the rest of the band had all been “blown away” when they watched him in the finale of the Grand Opera House stage show last year.

“We knew he could sing, but he was hitting these notes we'd never heard him sing before. He was pretty amazing and I think it really helped his confidence, too. So when the opportunity came up to audition for Superstar we were totally behind him.”

Lee, who is also 21, said a few friends had gone over to London earlier this week to cheer Jeff on.

“Jeff performed the Nickelback song the night we were there and totally nailed it. We think he could definitely go all the way, but everyone needs to keep voting for him.”

Jeff made it through to tonight's live show after performing The Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction to open last night's programme.

Wicklow actor Niall Sheehy lost his place in the show.

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