Jon Moses and Jeff Anderson have both exited Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Superstar after losing out in a double elimination on Friday night.

The pair were sent packing after finding themselves in the bottom three with fellow hopeful Roger Wright – and after all had performed a song from the musical itself in a bid to remain in the comptition, Lloyd Webber chose to save West End actor Roger.

However he offered plenty of encouragement to holiday camp entertainer Jon, and to 21-year-old Jeff, who was the youngest finalist in the competition.

“You’re going to have a fabulous career,” he told Jon, “you’ve shown us in this competition just what a good singer you are.”

And he said to Jeff, “I have no doubt one day you will play Jesus Christ Superstar, maybe you’re just a few years too young for it.”

The Irishman, meanwhile, paid tribute to the judges and his fellow contestants, saying, “To be with the talent that is on this stage and also the time spent with these iconic people…thank you so much.”

Jeff had been one of the ten finalists chosen by Lloyd Webber, but Jon was originally selected as a reserve finalist who would be brought in if another contender was forced to drop out.

However Lloyd Webber eventually gave the 27-year-old a reprieve and allowed him to compete in the final with the others.

Five contestants – Roger Wright, Nathan James, Ben Forster, Rory Taylor and David Hunter – now remain to compete for the lead role in Lloyd Webber’s arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.

The show will take a weekend break before resuming on Monday night at 9pm.