JESUS contender David Hunter’s family today revealed his path from schoolboy Scrooge to would-be Superstar as he survived his first sing-off.
The 27-year-old is vying to be the last man standing when the public decides who will play the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Lipa graduate David got through to the next round of ITV’s Superstar show – but only after ending up in the bottom two at the start of last night’s show.
David and Tim Prottey-Jones performed The Beatles’ The Long And Winding Road – but in a shock twist, Lord Lloyd Webber delayed a decision until the end of the programme and saved David because he was a “solid actor”.
Today his dad Pete Francis and sister Becci Francis – a dance teacher who David said inspired him to start performing – revealed why he seized his shot at fame.
Pete, 56, said: “He was an understudy in One Man, Two Guvnors for one of the governors, Oliver Chris, and he was on stage in a small role every night.
“He had experience of being in the West End and of touring but he wanted to, as he put it, be in the front row. The time was right and he jumped at it.”
Millions tuned in to see David, from Warrington – and another eight hopefuls including Rory Taylor, from Heswall – live to sing another day last night.
Pete said: “It is fantastic to see him up there. There is so much pressure involved because the standard is so high, so it is really tense.
“Dave’s always had something of the showman about him, but in a calm way. He is so thoughtful about his performances – both acting and singing.
“He was in senior school when he started getting into performances. He was a fantastic Ebenezer Scrooge.”
David, who supported McFly with his band Reemer, trod the boards at Warrington’s Parr Hall before training at Lipa.
Becci, 29, who teaches at Lipa’s 4:19 young people’s group, said: “When we were kids I dragged David along to our dance shows because we didn’t have enough boys in our dance class. All the mums and dads loved him.
“He really enjoyed being on stage and was really good at what he was asked to do.”