Joe McElderry chats about The Muni, The X Factor and his fans

Wednesday, 7th October 2015

He’s the X Factor golden boy recognised for his voice and personality in equal measure. Since 2008, Joe McElderry’s career has blossomed and this Saturday, he will perform at The Muni. We caught up with him ahead of his performance.

What are you looking forward to the most about performing at The Muni?

I always get a buzz from performing at new venues. I love travelling around and meeting new fans, it’s always exciting. I'm looking forward to coming to Colne and putting on a fun show, hopefully we’ll all have a good old dance and a sing-along!

Will you be sampling Colne before your performance this weekend?

I rarely get the chance to take in towns because everything is so hectic but I always try and give myself an hour before or after a show. Sometimes I’ll go out to a restaurant or just have a walk around. I’ll try and take in some of Colne on Saturday!

Having recently performed in Tommy The Musical and currently rehearsing for Joseph, how do you find the balance between theatre and your tour?

Being in character involves more attention whereas when I'm performing I can really be myself. I love being busy and although its long hours and tiring, I love it. I'm having fun doing something I've always wanted to do.

You enjoy a large cult following online, known as the McElderry Massive, how did that come about?

The McElderry Massive are great. I'm so lucky to have such a loyal and supportive fan base, they’re fantastic. Without them there are no shows, no singles, no albums and I always try to put on a fabulous performance show for them. They've stuck by me since day one and I'm really grateful and appreciative for all of their support.

Can we expect a new album in the near future?

I've got a lot of new material which I'm performing at all of the shows and I'm recording a new album which should be out next year.

Having been in the public eye since a young age, how do you deal with the fame and sometimes the scrutiny that it brings?

It’s a roller-coaster ride with fame and being in the public eye but I kind of try to not bring attention to the fame. It sits in the background but I try not to become too integrated with it. I'm doing what I love and I know that all of the media stuff plays a massive part of that.

As a previous X Factor winner do you have any favourites for this year’s competition?

I haven’t really had the chance to watch it this year. I watch the X Factor now and again but I still love it. I'm not a fan of the auditions or boot-camp but as soon as it gets to Judge’s houses I always tune in.

Obviously The X Factor has formed an integral part of your career, do you feel as though you could have reached the same heights without it?

I have to be realistic about The X Factor, I'm forever thankful and grateful for the experience and I realise that without the publicity it brings I wouldn't be able to do what I do.

You can join Joe and the McElderry Massive this Saturday by getting your tickets here.

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