JESUS Christ Superstar hopeful Jon Moses said his time on the hit ITV show has been “life-changing” after he left the programme last night.
Jon, 28, from Haswell became the latest would-be Jesus to be eliminated from the show watched by millions along with fellow hopeful Jeff Anderson.
But Peterlee bank worker Jon was not too disappointed and said he loved every minute of the experience.
The show, fronted by composer Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, will find someone to play Jesus Christ Superstar, the peer’s new West End musical.
Speaking after he was voted off, Jon, who went to Shotton Hall School in Peterlee, said: “I’ve had an absolute ball, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
“It’s been an epic adventure.”
He added: “I’m ecstatic I took part in it. It has been absolutely life-changing for me.
“I wouldn’t change anything for the world.”
Jon, and Jeff, from Northern Ireland, were in the bottom three after viewers’ votes.
Lord Lloyd-Webber opted to save Roger Wright after a sing-off.
Jon won praise from the celebrity judges for his performance of U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.
Jason Donovan told him: “That was a beautiful, tender interpretation of a very classy song. My only concern is to play Jesus, with a song like that you can really open up, and go for it a little bit more. Everyone needs to blow us away, and I didn’t see that tonight.”
Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber consoled Jon after he was evicted from the show and said he was going to have a “fabulous career”.
He added: “You have made incredible progress in this competition.”
Jon, who grew up in Severn Close, Peterlee, said: “I hope something happens from it but I’ve just got to take each day as it comes.”
He was supported by fans back home including staff at Celebration Cakes, in Horden.
Irene Grove and her daughter Deborah Shiel showed their support by creating their own cake at the shop in Cotsford Lane.
Manager Deborah, 27, said: “We had the Moses for Jesus posters up in the window but then we thought we would do something a little bit different, so decided to bake the cake.”