Joe McElderry: X Factor Winner
Joe McElderry is the X Factor golden boy with the 24-carat voice and the diamond personality which has made him one of the most loved young singers in the U.K.
Most artists only dream of mass appeal; however, Joe has been the sweet-singing hero and heartthrob of hundreds of thousands of fans aged from 5 to 95 since storming to victory in the 2009 X Factor final. At just 18 years old, he auditioned for the ITV show X Factor, and bowled the judges over with his rendition of Luther Vandross’ Dance with My Father.
Joe McElderry also impressed Whitney Houston who appeared as a guest mentor. In one of TV’s most memorable moments of the year, he performed a brilliant duet with George Michael on the live semi-final and went on to be crowned the winner of X Factor by a clear majority. After wowing the audience with his dazzling vocals, modesty and charm, he soared straight to number one on both the UK and Irish Singles Charts. He then went on to win the live TV Show, Popstar to Operastar.
Soon after came his first studio album Wide Awake under the Syco/Sony Entertainment record label, an exciting mix of up-tempo songs and the powerful ballads which Joe has become famous for.
His second album, Classic, went Gold within two weeks of release, hitting number two in the UK Album Charts. Then, Classic Christmas, went gold in just one week. In that year alone, Joe sold over 550,000 albums, a stunning achievement for any artist to accomplish.
“Greatest Ever Act on X Factor” — Digital Spy
Joe McElderry also works hard to raise money for charity, ever mindful of the fortunate gifts which have propelled him from his humble, working class origins to international stardom. He has recorded the charity single One World One Song with the legendary Dionne Warwick in aid of The Hunger Project UK, and a moving version of Abide With Me with the Royal Mail Choir, in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.
While releasing his 5th album, Joe is completing a European 60 date tour.
While fulfilling all of these commitments, Joe managed to fit in a performance for Her Majesty the Queen at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.