Andy Bell exits Popstar to Operastar

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 June 2011
Andy Bell

Andy Bell

Erasure frontman Andy Bell became the latest contestant to be voted off 'Popstar to Operastar' last night (26.06.11) after fluffing his words in a sing-off against Toploader star Joe Washbourn

Andy Bell became the latest contestant to be voted off 'Popstar to Operastar' last night (26.06.11).

The Erasure singer - who landed in the bottom two alongside Toploader frontman Joe Washbourn - stumbled over his words in the sing-off to 'Largo Al Factotum' from 'The Barber of Seville', causing judges Vanessa Mae, Katherine Jenkins, Simon Callow and Rolando Villazon to unanimously decide to send him home.

However, the 47-year-old musician admitted he had suffered a "complete blank" due to the pressure of being in the sing-off.

Speaking to host Myleene Klass, he said: "It's not like doing a gig and I had a complete blank when the song started. I would have liked to have had more time. There was a huge amount of pressure but I've loved it and it's been fantastic."

Meanwhile, former 'X Factor' singer Joe McElderry impressed the judging panel earlier in the show with his rendition of opera classic 'Nessun Dorma'.

Rolando said: "Well I must say, I know I am listening to you as an opera star, not a pop star, so I need to criticise you as an opera singer. That was fantastic, the Italian was very good. That was extremely enjoyable, that was another chakka chakka performance."

Simon added: "Fantastic, absolutely thrilling. I saw you this afternoon, I know you were daunted by it but you were fantastic."

With Joe joining Steps singer Claire Richards, Bucks Fizz star Cheryl Baker and Joe Washnourn in the semi-finals of the ITV1 show next weekend, the four will now have to battle it out for two places in the 'Popstar to Operastar' final the following week.

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