Former X Factor finalist Jonathan Ansell has been eliminated from the Andrew Lloyd Webber talent show Superstar following the second programme in the series.

Jonathan – who was a member of 2004’s runners-up G4 – had made the final 40 of the show, which sees the impresario looking for a new leading man to appear in his revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, despite telling the judges at auditions that he had another job in the pipeline.

However, he fell foul of the coaches at his acting masterclass on the ‘Superstar island’ where the contenders were put through their paces – particularly when he told coach Donna Solo-Morettini that he was ‘a singer who acts’ – and not the other way round.

Mel C later told him, “I think you need to be careful challenging people, you have to be aware of how that can affect people.”

And afterwards he was one of 10 unlucky candidates who failed to make it through to the next stage, saying he was “absolutely devastated” not to have made the cut.

Others however who did make it through included The Voice auditionee Nathan James, who originally auditioned as part of the band The Rock Tenors.

The finalists will be revealed next weekend ahead of a week of live heats to determine who will win the coveted role.

Meanwhile early viewing figures have suggested that the opening episode of the show, which featured the audition stages, were disappointing, with an average of just 3.2m tuning in.

The show was beaten in the Saturday night ratings by BBC1’s repeat showing of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, which managed to pull in 4.5m viewers.

The audience was also low compared to Lloyd Webber’s previous BBC talent shows.

His 2008 search for Nancy, I’d Do Anything, had audiences of around 5.5 – 6m,who eventually saw Jodie Prenger win the West End role.

And 2010’s Over The Rainbow, which saw Danielle Hope cast as The Wizard Of Oz heroine Dorothy, had audiences ranging from 4.3m to 6.9m.