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Tim Prottey-Jones out of Superstar in close run-off

Tim Prottey-Jones Credit: Michael Clement/ITV/PA Wire

Tim Prottey-Jones was eliminated from Superstar tonight, even though he had delivered what Andrew Lloyd Webber described as one of the best performances of the night.

Lord Lloyd-Webber broke with the programme's format when he decided not to pick whether Prottey-Jones or his rival David Hunter should leave until the end of the show, after he had seen them perform again.

Prottey-Jones' stirring rendition of Aerosmith's Dream Onwas unanimously praised by the judges but was not enough to keep him in the competition.

Justifying his decision, Lloyd-Webber said: "I now have to think really what would I be doing as the producer of this show and thinking frankly, professionally, where would I feel most secure. "

He continued: "And it is for that reason that I am going to save David."

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Dirk Johnston eliminated from Superstar

Dirk Johnston was in the bottom two for the second night in a row Credit: Michael Clement/PA Wire

Dirk Johnston has been booted off singing show Superstar after ending up in the bottom two for the second night in a row.

Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber chose to save Tim Prottey-Jones after the pair sang Christina Aguilera's ballad Hurt.

The new production of the rock opera goes on tour in September.