X-Factor winner Joe McElderry set to perform

Former X-Factor winner Joe McElderry is to perform at The Plowright Theatre in Scunthorpe on Friday November 6 for a very special acoustic performance.

By Stephanie Bateman
Thursday, 22nd October 2015, 3:52 pm

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 country. But Joe’s popularity has seen him croon effortlessly from one sell out tour to the next and cut four albums in between. To date, Joe has sold more than 2 million records.

The Evolution Tour hits the road in 2015 after the sell-out success of 2014’s Set Your Soul Alive 60-date spectacular.

Since storming to victory in the 2009 X Factor final, Joe has been the sweet-singing hero and heartthrob of hundreds of thousands of fans aged from 5 to 95 years. Joe cemented his place in the nation’s hearts after Cheryl Cole nurtured the shy, good natured lad from South Shields and turned him into an overnight sensation.

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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 also impressed Whitney Houston who appeared as a guest mentor and 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 2009 by a clear majority. After wowing the audience with his dazzling vocals, modesty and charm, he soared straight to number one both the UK and Irish Singles Charts with a beautiful rendition of Miley Cyrus ‘The Climb’.

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, was under the record label giant Universal Music and went Gold within two weeks of release, hitting number two in the UK Album Charts and selling over 250,000 copies. In 2011, another album, Classic Christmas, went gold in just one week. That year alone, Joe sold over 550,000 albums, a stunning achievement for any artist to accomplish.

In between all this, Joe managed to fit in a performance for Her Majesty the Queen at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall and a live regional tour at 16 major venues, culminating in a rapturous reception at the Royal Festival Hall.

Joe hit our TV screens again in 2011 in the live TV show Popstar To Operastar, mentored by the tenor Rolando Villazon, he performed classical arias such as Nessun Dorma, and went on to win the show with a landslide victory, amassing 80% of the votes. Again in 2014 Joe hit our TV screens yet again and won Channel Four’s dangerous skiing programme ‘The Jump’ ….is there no stopping him!

The Joe McElderry success story went from strength to strength and in 2012 he released ‘Here’s What I Believe’, becoming the first ever X Factor winner to release four albums.

In 2014 Joe toured the UK with his “Set Your Soul Alive” tour, including a number of acoustic sets at 60 venues across the UK. Finishing off 2014 Joe played the Man in the Mirror alongside Billy Pearce in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford.

Although Joe has just turned 24 he is currently writing and recording for his fifth album which should be released soon.

Tickets for Joe McElderry’s show cost £18 each. Concessions £16 each and a special VIP ticket costs £75. Booking fee may apply, see website for details. Tickets are available from The Box Office, call 0844 8542776 or visit Plowright Theatre