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10 Things You Need to Know About Joe McElderry

10 Things You Need to Know About Joe McElderry

Joe McElderry - The X Factor 2009 Last weekend, the world watched as The X Factor judges picked their final 12 acts to go through to the live stages of the ITV talent show.

Cheryl Cole was seen agonising over her decision, but in the end, she put her faith and beliefs into Rikki LoneyLloyd Daniels and Joe McElderry.

Here we find out a little more about Joe McElderry. Joseph McElderry is an 18-year-old from South Shields, Newcastle.

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10 Things You Need to Know About Joe McElderry

  • Joe McElderry, 18, comes from South Shields and is a performing arts student at Newcastle College
  • Joe started singing four years ago when he shocked his family by finally taking turn at Karaoke in his aunt’s garage
  • He went on to play Danny in Grease at Harton Technology College two years later.
  • Joe reached boot camp stage two years ago, but felt too young compared to the other contestants and opted to walk away.
  • Gigs this summer before The X Factor Finals included a local football teams pub night awards do and a charity fashion show.
  • One punter in his home town, believed to be a family member, staked £500 on Joe winning The X Factor, a bet which could land them £7,000.
  • He used to work at South Shields Arts venue The Customs House.
  • Joe was the Pride of South Tyneside’s Young Performer of the Year in 2008.
  • South Shields MP and Foreign Secretary David Miliband has written to Joe to wish him luck.
  • He earned a standing ovation from the audience in Manchester with his first audition, when he sand Luther Vandross’s Dance With My Father.

Joe McElderry – Dance With My Father on The X Factor

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