Joe McElderry – The Story So Far

Joe McElderry - August 6

This Sunday, we’re off to the pictures with a ski-jumping, opera-singing X-Factor winner.

Joe McElderry will be here performing Saturday Night At The Movies. But who is Joe? Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s star visitor.


2007 Joe showed us that he was a face to watch out for when he entered X Factor for the first time, making it as far as bootcamp. Looking around at his competition, Joe felt that he was just too young, and headed home.

2009 Two years later, Joe returns to the X Factor audition room. Wowing the judges with his performance of Luther Vandross’ Dance With My Father, Joe stormed the show and went on to win.

His winner’s song (a cover of the Miley Cyrus ballad The Climb) would sell 100,000 copies in its first week. Unfortunately for him, that was the year Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name was pushed to the top spot by a public eager to annoy Simon Cowell, and Joe missed out on the customary X Factor Christmas number one.

2010 Following a Twitter hack in which pranksters outed him online as a joke, Joe was inspired to open up about his sexuality in a statement on his website. With album Wide Awake hitting number 3 in the charts, it certainly didn’t hurt his career!

2011 Joe returns to our TV screens, competing in Popstar To Operastar – and again, goes on to win the show.

The same year, his second album, Classic, was released; taking advantage of his new-found love of opera, it was a mixture of tracks like Nessun Dorma and Canto della Terra, as well as more familiar songs including Over The Rainbow and I Dreamed A Dream (from Les Miserables).

2012 Joe takes to the musical theatre stage for the first time, making cameo appearances in Dirty Dancing in Sunderland, then The Who’s Tommy in the West End – and it’s just the start of his career as a leading man…

2014 It’s back to TV! Sloane socialite Henry Conway injures his hand while competing in Channel 4’s famously accident-prone skiing contest The Jump, and Joe subs in as a last minute replacement. Once again, he takes first place.

2016 An amazing technicolour year for Joe, taking the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Joseph. When the show visited the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, the Lynn News called him “a shining star.”

2017 Joe teams up with three fellow former Josephs, as he embarks on the Saturday Night At The Movies tour, in support of his Top Ten album of the same name.

He’ll be joined onstage by special guests Keith Jack and Ben James-Ellis, both of them runners-up in Any Dream Will Do, as well as X Factor star Sam Callahan.

The tour will feature songs from the new album, including No Matter What and Love Is All Around, as well as a few old favourites.

It’s here in Norwich this Sunday. Buy tickets at Norwich Theatre Royal.