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‘American Idol’ Alum Chris Daughtry Talks Fox Live Musical ‘The Passion’

By James Knight J.knight@classicalite.com on Mar 17, 2016 08:36 AM EDT

This Sunday, Fox is airing their next live musical event, The Passion from New Orleans. The production, hosted by Tyler Perry is based on the annual event held in the Netherlands which re-tells the story of the Christ death and resurrection in a different city with different pop songs each year: This year’s cast includes Jencarlos Canela as Jesus Christ and American Idol alum Chris Daughtry as Judas Iscariot.

Recently, Chris Daughtry spoke to USA Today about branching out into the world of acting:

"I've always had a desire to act, but musicals (weren't) one of the things I wanted to be in."

Daughtry went on to add that he was attracted to the show’s more modern look:

"I thought it was really cool that it wasn't going to have that aesthetic at all, which makes it more relevant and compelling."

The show will also feature modern pop songs. One of many songs featured in the show is the Imagine Dragons song “Demons,” performed as a duet after (spoiler alert) Judas betrays Jesus. Executive producer Mark Bracco spoke up about the song, saying:

"The lyrics are so eerily perfect that it almost feels as if that song was written for that moment. Whenever any of the characters have dialogue, it's all taken directly from Scripture and they speak it that way."

The cast list for The Passion includes:

Jencarlos Canela as Jesus Christ.
Chris Daughtry as Judas Iscariot.
Prince Royce as Peter.
Trisha Yearwood as Mother Mary
Seal as Pontius Pilate
With Tyler Perry serving as host and narrator.
The Passion airs semi-live Palm Sunday on Fox.

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