The second coming: Jesus Christ Superstar features over ten acts that have already auditioned on X Factor and The Voice
12:18 GMT, 7 July 2012
It is billed as a chance to find a brand new West End star.
But viewers of ITV1's latest talent show, 'Superstar,' will be forgiven for getting that strange feeling of deja vu.
More than ten of the acts through have already attempted to find fame on other reality shows or in the West End.
The re-run: From left, David Grindrod, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mel C and Jason Donovan, will be appearing on Jesus Christ Superstar, which has familiar faces
The most familiar name on the show, which has been launched to find a star for Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of Jesus Christ Superstar, is Jonathan Ansell, who made his name on The X Factor as part of of ''operatic'' boyband G4.
The group sold 1.5 million records and had five sell-out tours before splitting in 2007.
The 30-year-old went on to sign a 1million pound five-album solo deal with Universal.
Tonight, viewers will see him sing Queen's 'Somebody To Love'.
He tells the cameras: 'I'm delighted to have got through and be here today. I hope all the panel can see I could be Jesus.'
Him again: Jonathan Ansell, centre, has already enjoyed success on X Factor and as a classical music solo artist
Back in the day: The group G4, pictured back in 2004, when they were competing on The X Factor as a classical music group
Lord Lloyd Webber hails it a ''Stunning audition'' – but producers discover he is signed to take part in another West End show with clashing dates, and Ansell's future on Superstar is called into question.
Audiences will also recognise hopefuls Niall Sheehy and Seamus Cullen, who both auditioned in BBC1 show Any Dream Will Do for a chance to play the coveted role of Joseph in the west end, which eventually went to Lee Mead.
There are also string of others appearing on the show who failed to make it on The X Factor.
Rory Taylor, 24, appeared in the 2006 show, getting through to boot camp the year Leona Lewis won.
And another one: Nathan James previously auditioned for The Voice, but failed to be selected for the BBC One show
Back again: Niall Sheehy auditioned for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Any Dream Will Do, in 2007, but failed to win the lead role of Joseph
Afnan Iftikhar, 23, and Jon Moses, 28 also featured on the show, while Ben Forster, 31, almost made it to the live finals in 2009.
Nikk Mager, 28, was a contestant on 'Popstars: The Rivals' in 2002, where he became friends with Cheryl Cole, who went on to become a member of Girls Aloud through the show.
He then auditioned for 'The X Factor' in 2008 in front of Miss Cole, but was rejected.
Audiences will also recognise Nathan James, 23, who auditioned for 'The Voice' this year.
But none of the judges selected him to be on their team.
Star power: Spice girl Mel C will appear in the arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, alongside the winner of the show
He too has previously auditioned for The X Factor.
Industry insiders said it was a reflection of the times, with talent shows simply viewed as another audition route.
Established stars are also opting to try this way of getting a role.
Roger Wright, 41, who played the original Simba in the hit West End production of The Lion King, and Jeff Anderson, 21, who has already won awards for playing Jesus in the production in Northern Ireland, have also auditioned.
Lord Lloyd Webber is bringing his hit show Jesus Christ Superstar back to stage this autumn, with a UK arena tour.
It will have an all-star cast including comedian Tim Minchin, former Spice Girls singer Mel C and radio DJ Chris Moyles who will be joined by the winner of the ITV series.
The production, which he penned with Sir Tim Rice, was a huge success when it first premiered 40 years ago.
The ITV show will find the new 'Jesus' and Lord Lloyd Webber has already admitted he has seen six or seven men he believes could deliver.
It will be hosted by Amanda Holden and the judging panel includes Lord Lloyd Webber, Dawn French, and Jason Donovan.
The opening episode of Superstar airs tonight (sat) on ITV1 at 19.25pm.