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Tim Rice: Andrew Lloyd Webber Jesus Christ Superstar show sounds tacky

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Jesus Christ Superstar co-creator Sir Tim Rice has publicly opposed Andrew Lloyd Webber's upcoming ITV talent show.

Lloyd Webber and ITV announced plans last Wednesday to launch a series searching for the lead for a remake of the 1970 rock opera.

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Rice told The Sunday Telegraph: "I've had several meetings with Andrew and said that I don't want this done, but now it appears it's been signed and sealed.

"Andrew wants to rehash things all the time, but I really don't think Superstar needs that tasteless reality television treatment. Those shows are relentlessly downmarket, which is fine if the show is a lightweight bit of fluff.

"I am fully behind an arena show, but I just don't think you need another television series to do that - it opens up a lot of opportunities for spoofs and I think it would be ill-advised to have people voting for who should be Jesus.

"It's just possible that it might be the most sophisticated, tasteful show hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, but I doubt it. It sounds tacky and I really don't think Andrew should do it."

Threatening to overrule the programme's winner, the 67-year-old added: "They can't cast the show without my approval. I have the right to veto casting so if Andrew casts it on TV and I didn't like the person, I could say so."

Finally, Rice revealed that he has contacted ITV as he "does not feel comfortable with the concept of the show".

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