Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TV Judges Did Me a Big Favour

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TV Judges Did Me a Big Favour

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Byline: By Gordon Barr

Andrew Derbyshire made it to the last 50 in Pop Idol - and is glad he didn't get any further. The new star of Joseph explains why to Showbusiness Reporter Gordon Barr

For thousands of wannabes, it was their one chance to become a pop star.

Like all the others, Andrew Derbyshire prayed he would get through all the rounds of the first series of Pop Idol.

And he almost did. He got to the final 50, and that was the end of his Pop Idol dream.

"Thank the Lord," he now laughs, as he prepares to take the latest production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on a national tour.

The show is at Newcastle's Theatre Royal from July 28 to August 9, with Andrew in the title role.

"Pop Idol seems so far off now, and maybe I was a little upset at the time when I didn't get through to the final 10, but in hindsight it was a blessing in disguise.

"It was all so stage-managed. There was so much going on that the viewers didn't see. And when I look at what the winners have produced since, well, it's not me, to be frank about it."

Being in Pop Idol did introduce him to the team behind the hit musical We Will Rock You, which he later starred in.

And We Will Rock You introduced him to Queen guitarist Brian May, who is now his manager. A record deal looks increasingly likely. And soon Andrew looks set to be doing what he has always wanted to do - perform as an individual.

He explains: "I want to do the individual route.

"I look at the likes of Mick Jagger, Sting, Freddie Mercury.

"With them it's not just about the music, it's the whole individuality thing. Look at Queen, their music is so camp, yet theatrical and clever.

"And people like Jagger and Bowie are still selling out concerts even now. They're just being themselves, and they have that something different.

"And that's me to a tee. I don't want someone telling me what to be like. I want to be myself on stage.

"In that respect, not getting into the last 10 in Pop Idol has probably done me a favour. …

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