'I wasn't expecting this to happen in my life' says Ben Forster as he is crowned the winner of Superstar
23:28 GMT, 25 July 2012
Ben Forster has been crowned the winner of this year's Superstar.
After a close competition with Rory Taylor and Roger Wright it was the public vote that named Ben as the face of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's musical Jesus Christ Superstar.
Roger moon walked off the stage as he finished third and Rory placed second.
Emotional: Ben Forster was crowned the winner of Superstar tonight
Quick to embrace Rory, Ben was reduced to tears when host Amanda Holden announced him as the winner.
Saying a few words, the 31-year-old singer said: 'I cannot believe it, I wasn't expecting this to happen in my life.'
Promising to do his best, Ben told the audience, 'I promise if you come and see me I will absolutely do you proud'.
He thanked all members of the production team before he ended the she show with an emotional performance of Hosanna as the former contestants embraced him.
And taking to Twitter, he wrote: 'Thank you ! Thank you! Thank you!! You have made my dreams come true tonight!! Ur support has been amazing!!! Love u all!'
'I wasn't expecting this': The 31-year-old was reduced to tears after he found out he had won
Victorious: Ben promised to make his fans proud when the tour begins
At the very beginning of the show, judge Mel C said that the winner would be determined by only their performances and nothing more.
She said: 'I think whoever wins tonight it will purely be on the strength of their performance.'
Hosanna was the song the finalists opened the show with as they each dressed in black suits accompanied by group of dancers.
Proud: The other contestants gave Ben a warm embrace as he took to the stage on last time
In the beginning: Ben took to the stage with finalists Rory Taylor and Roger Wright to sing Hosanna
Ben was first to give a solo performance with his rendition of Who Wants To Live Forever by Queen.
Despite a problem with timing at the start of his performance, Jason Donovon was still waving the flag for the singer.
He said: 'There was a slight little hitch at the beginning but you are a true pro and you recovered absolutely brilliantly, each night you go up a notch and you’re the benchmark in this competition.'.
When asked what he thought he could bring to the role of Jesus, Ben said: 'I think I'll do it honestly and I wear my heart on my sleeve'.
Up first: Ben suffered a technical glitch when he performed Who Wants To Live Forever by Queen
Rory was second up and he performed Aerosmith's tear jerking song I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing wearing a purple suit.
Following his breathtaking offering Dawn French only had praises for him.
She said: 'There is a complete certainty about your talent.'
Prior to the live show, Rory told of how Sir Paul McCartney had wished him luck earlier in the day.
Rock star Rory: Taylor performed I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing and prior to the show Sir Paul McCartney had wished him luck
Roger sang Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me by Elton John in the final solo performance as he stood centre stage backed by a choir.
Described as a 'fighter' by Jason, Mel C was in awe of Roger and quipped that she wanted to 'bathe' in his voice.
She said: 'Whenever you open your mouth such a wonderful sound comes out of it and I would still like to bathe in it'.
Trying not to sound cliche, when Amanda asked what his experience had been like, Roger said: 'It's almost like a dream come true', and he simply ended by saying, 'it's been amazing'.
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me: Roger received praise from all judges for his rendition of an Elton John classic
The boys then teamed up again to perform the legendary song, Gethsemane, which they put all their vocal training into.
Having faith in the contestants, Lord Lloyd-Webber said, 'they'll do it' when Amanda asked what was vital to make the performance a success.
The epic performance brought all the judges to their feet, as the crowd burst into a massive cheer and Amanda said: 'It was a privilege to share this stage with you'.
Epic performance: The finalists sang Gethsemane before lines closed
With a world exclusive performance, Mel C took to the stage alongside Andrew Lloyd-Webber who assisted her on the candy red piano.
Singing a song from the show called, I Don't Know How To Love Him, the brunette stunned with her vocal range.
Wearing a mid length black lace dress, the 38-year-old was flawless as she wore her hair back in one and kept her makeup simple.
Before her performance, the Spice Girl admitted she was 'petrified'.
She told Holden: 'It's so easy to tell them how it's done and now I have to prove I know what I'm talking about.'
Spice up your life: Mel C also took to the stage during the final alongside Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber who assisted her on the piano as she sang I don't Know How To Love Him