The Millennium Stadium will host the search for the new Jesus Christ Superstar when ITV bring their new talent show auditions to Cardiff next week.

The hunt to fill the leading role in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit rock show will be held over two days (Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 February) at the venue which has already played host to rock music legends Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Rod Stewart.

Hundreds of singing hopefuls are expected at the home of Welsh sport, as Lloyd Webber scours the nation for a potential ‘Superstar’ for the brand new show that will give the British public the chance to choose the country’s next major rock star.

“It is the public who lead the casting process and they’ve got it absolutely right four times already. It’s been wonderful to see the careers of so many of the contestants blossom, so it will be especially fascinating to see who the public chooses as their Superstar,” says Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The tough casting process, which launched the careers of Wales' own leading ladies Sophie Evans and Connie Fisher in The Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music respectively, is already well underway following auditions in London, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester and Glasgow.

“We’re delighted to host such an important day for the singing hopefuls in Wales and the South West region,” said Millennium Stadium General Manager Gerry Toms. “Wales has a great record of producing musical talent and it would be fantastic if the winner of Jesus Christ Superstar was to be found here in Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium.”

When the Millennium Stadium is not hosting major entertainment events, the venue is regularly used as a filming location for exciting broadcast projects.

The stadium recently held auditions for Channel 5’s Big Brother reality television series and has also proved the venue of choice for BBC Wales’ popular drama series Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures.