Two potential Josephs left the hit BBC1 show Any Dream Will Do last night, bringing the total number of potential leading men down to eight.

In a surprise alteration announced last week, two contestants left the show last night with two separate live shows judged by the voting public.

First to leave was Anthony, who found himself in the dreaded sing-off along with Craig and had to sing the Bryan Adams song Everything I Do (I Do It For You) for Andrew Lloyd Webber's casting vote.

Lloyd Webber made the surprise decision to send Anthony home, who had been regarded as a strong contender during the early shows.

After the second live show, sing-off regular Ben was pitted against former-favourite Seamus and Lloyd Webber decided to send home the latter in a surprise decision.

Seamus joked that a "conspiracy theory" came to his mind, but the West End king said that Ben's performance had tipped it for him.

The pair had to sing It Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother and Lloyd Webber asked for a large amount of emotion, which the contestants duly delivered.

"I asked for emotion and I got it," the composer said, before choosing to save 18-year-old Ben, who seems to be getting stronger as the shows go by.

29/04/2007 18:05:59