Joe McElderry
Contestant Profile
Birth Date 16 June 1991
'Age 27
Hometown South Shields, Tyne & Wear, England


Category Boys
Mentor Cheryl Cole
Placement Winner (1/12)
Joe McElderry (born June 16, 1991) is an English singer. He auditioned for Series 6) of The X Factor UK and made it all the way to the final as part of the Boys category mentored by Cheryl Cole. Due to the eliminations of Rikki Loney and Lloyd Daniels, McElderry is the only act left in his category. He became winner of Series 6 of The X Factor defeating Olly Murs from the Over 25s category mentored by Simon Cowell.


Episode Theme Song Result
Audition Free choice "Dance with My Father" Advanced
Bootcamp 1 Group performance Advanced
Bootcamp 2 Solo performance "Praying for Time" Advanced
Judges' houses Free choice "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Advanced
Week 1 Musical heroes "No Regrets" Safe
Week 2 Divas "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" Safe
Week 3 Big band "Sway" Safe
Week 4 Rock "Don't Stop Believin'" Safe
Week 5 Songs from films "Circle of Life" Safe
Week 6 Songs by Queen "Somebody to Love" Safe
Week 7 Songs by Wham! or George Michael "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" Safe
Week 8 Songs by Take That "Could It Be Magic" Safe
Songs by Elton John "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
Week 9: Semi-final Songs by Michael Jackson "She's Out of My Life" Safe
Mentor's choice "Open Arms"
Week 10: Final Audition songs "Dance with My Father" Winner
Celebrity duets "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (with George Michael)
Song of the series (chosen by mentor) "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
Final results Song of the series (chosen by contestant) "Don't Stop Believin'"
Winner's single "The Climb"


  • He first auditioned for the show in Series 4 but withdrew as he felt he was too young.
UK Series 6 Finalists
Danyl JohnsonJamie ArcherJedwardJoe McElderryKandy RainLloyd DanielsLucie JonesMiss FrankOlly MursRachel AdedejiRikki LoneyStacey Solomon
The X Factor UK Winners
Steve BrooksteinShayne WardLeona LewisLeon JacksonAlexandra BurkeJoe McElderryMatt CardleLittle MixJames ArthurSam BaileyBen HaenowLouisa JohnsonMatt TerryRak-Su