Joe McElderry
Contestant Profile
Birth Date 16 June 1991
'Age 26
Hometown South Shields, Tyne & Wear, England


Category Boys
Mentor Cheryl Cole
Placement Winner (1/12)

Joe McElderry is an English singer who was the winner of Series 6 of The X Factor UK. He was part of the Boys category mentored by Cheryl Cole.

The X Factor

He first auditioned for the show in Series 4 but withdrew as he felt he was too young. He returned two years later and impressed the judges with his audition song "Dance with My Father" by Luther Vandross.

He made it all the way to Judges' Houses mentored by Cheryl Cole in the Boys category and was selected as her Top 3 for the live shows. Throughout the live shows, he continued to poll inside the Top 4 each week and on December 13, 2009 he was announced as the winner with 61.3% of the public vote to runner-up Olly Murs' 38.7%. As of 2016, he holds the record for the most votes gained by a winner of the show, with 6.1 million people voting to crown him the winner.

>His debut single, a cover of Miley Cyrus' "The Climb", was released following his win but in a move to prevent the winner taking the UK #1 spot for Christmas, a Facebook campaign was launched to see Rage Against the Machine's 1992 single "Killing in the Name" fight it out for the top spot. Their single ended up taking the coveted top spot for Christmas but he secured the top spot a week later. It was the top selling single of the year in Ireland.


Post The X Factor

His first proper single, a cover of the song "Ambitions" by Norwegian band Donkeyboy, was released in October 2010 and peaked at #6 on the UK charts. His debut album "Wide Awake" was released soon after and entered the UK album charts at #3. However, follow up singles charted poorly and in early summer 2011, it was announced that Syco Music had terminated his contract.

In June 2011, he appeared as a competitor on ITV's singing competition "Popstar to Operastar" and after six weeks he was crowned the winner. Soon after his win, he signed a deal with Decca Records and crossed over into the classical music genre while still maintaining his pop roots. The move has proved a great success.

He has made several appearances on UK reality TV shows and also branched out into musical theater, appearing in The Who's Tommy and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat".

In July 2017, he became the first X Factor winner to score four Top 10 albums on the UK charts.


Studio albums

  • Wide Awake (2010)
  • Classic (2011)
  • Classic Christmas (2011)
  • Here's What I Believe (2012)
  • Saturday Night at the Movies (2017)

The X Factor UK Winners
Steve BrooksteinShayne WardLeona LewisLeon JacksonAlexandra BurkeJoe McElderryMatt CardleLittle MixJames ArthurSam BaileyBen HaenowLouisa JohnsonMatt TerryRak-Su
Series 6 Finalists
Danyl JohnsonJamie ArcherJedwardJoe McElderryKandy RainLloyd DanielsLucie JonesMiss FrankOlly MursRachel AdedejiRikki LoneyStacey Solomon