X Factor Winner to Wow Workington

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X Factor golden-boy Joe McElderry is paying Workington a visit on 26 November. The pop sensation will be performing a collection of his own tracks and some Christmas classics during his appearance at the town’s Carnegie Theatre as a part of his Northern Light tour.

The singer from South Shields rose to prominence during ITV’s hit TV show the X Factor in 2009. After storming to victory during the show he has gone from strength to strength touring the globe and releasing four albums. Joe also emerged victorious during his time on Pop star to Opera star and on Channel 4’s The Jump which saw him go from pop star to champion ski jumper. Niall Spence talked to Joe about: his new tour, why he keeps coming back to Cumbria and what’s up next.

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Joe’s Workington show will be a stripped back acoustic performance but will still follow the same format as the rest of his Northern Light tour showcasing his 24 carat voice and unique brand of audience interaction. Joe said: “The Northern Light tour is a real mix of stuff including some new stuff that I haven’t done before. There will be some of my own material as well as some covers and songs from the past as well.”

Certainly not a stranger to Cumbria, Joe has visited our region numerous times having played previously at The Carnegie as well as having performed in Whitehaven and Carlisle, Joe explained: “It’s the audience that keeps me coming back to the area, they’re great there, they are always so supportive and so loud they cheer so loud every time I’m there.

“I used to visit the Lake District all the time when I was a kid on holidays, it is somewhere I’ve spent a lot of time and I have lots of really fond memories of the area. It’s somewhere I try to get back to whenever I have any time off because it is such a beautiful area.”

Having continually diversified since his time on X Factor by trying his hand at: ski-jumping, opera singing and even long distance cycling Joe explained his taste for adventure, how he decides on his next challenge and what’s up next, Joe explained: “It has to be something I’m going to enjoy doing, I like to just see what the challenge is and whether I’d enjoy it and go from there and if I can learn something new from it as well then that’s great, I just kind of wait and see but the Northern Light tour runs until late November and I have a couple of Christmas concerts,  then after that it is straight back into Joseph again as I’ve got that on again from January next year. When I’ve finished Joseph I’ll probably take a holiday although it’s a bit early to decide where I’ll be going yet.”

Having performed all over the world it wouldn’t be unthinkable for an act like Joe to struggle to pick a favourite performance but if he could relive one gig all over again he claims he would take it back to his roots. Joe stated: If I could go back it would have to be to the first night of my first solo tour. I was so nervous and excited at the same time, I’d done the X Factor before that and a couple of other tours but I just couldn’t believe I had my own tour. I was like this is my own show so I would absolutely love to relive that.

That first solo tour came off the back of a victorious X Factor campaign which saw him wow the nation with some huge songs and hard hitting performances. The huge performances and fabulous showmanship of which Joe was famed were inspired by the music he listened to in his youth Joe said: “There are so many people that inspire me musically in terms of growing up I grew up listening to big vocal acts. Acts like Celine Dion, Luther Vandross and Michael Jackson, so I suppose it is the big acts and acts that put a lot of pizzazz into their performance that inspire me.”

Many pop artists are making the transition to a more dance based sound and collaborating with DJ’s to produce mainstream dance tracks. Both Take That and Joe’s X Factor colleague Olly Murs have recently turned their focus to EDM in order to break the Top 10 but Joe seems for now to be sticking to his roots although he admits it may be something he considers going forward. Joe said: “I did some faster dance stuff on my first album but it really depends who you are working with at the time and whether you can make it work. There are a lot of things going on in the background of making an album that most people don’t see:  there are producers and record labels so you have to consider all these factors as well, but if it was something that I thought we could make work then yeah definitely it would be something I would have a go at.”

The show begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are £22 or £20 for under 18s, senior citizens and registered disabled. Tickets are available from the Carnegie box office on: 01900 602 122 or online at: http://www.carnegietheatre.co.uk

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