Joe McElderry Comes Home For Christmas
The 2009 X-Factor winner Joe McElderry, originally from South Shields, is back to give the North East two presents this Christmas.
Joe is not only appearing and staring in ‘Joseph and the Technicolour dream coat’ at the Newcastle Arena but he’s also to turn on the Christmas lights in Newcastle City tonight (Tuesday 14th November).
‘Joseph’ and Joe will be on at the Metro Radio Arena from the 19th till 31st of December and he’s been chatting to Spark all about starring in the panto, turning on the festive lights and being back in the North East!
“I’m done it once before a couple of years back but the audience is always great. I’m excited to do it again, as it’s a celebration and its Christmas.” says Joe, with a twinkle in his eye – he also gave hints to a performance of a few songs from Joseph, including ‘Any dream will do’ and ‘close every door’ tonight which he assures audiences will participate in singing along.
“I’m sure there will also be a Christmas sing-a-long, there’s always one” he said. The lights will be switched on at 6.30 but the event starts at 5.30pm.
“I was asked about it around 2 years ago now, to go into a meeting to see if I would be interested. I was really nervous taking on the role, as it was my first step into a musical on a long term run as a tour. But I thought “why not?” and here I am.”
After the anxiousness of performing in a musical the first time, Joe got asked back to do a second year of being on the tour and is loving the audiences that come along and the music. While doing the musical his thoughts go back to when his school did Joseph. “I was too shy to take part and I hide in the choir in the back, moving my mouth to look like I was singing but nothing was coming out, I just wouldn’t sing, which is ironic now”, he adds laughing back at the memory, “I used to love doing drama and acting and stuff at school but never sing in front of anyone.”
But as Joe got older he was not so nervous, however at his secondary school when they did it- he still didn’t do it due to shyness, which he fully regrets as now he realises what he has missed out on, since this was the first time he actually played a role in the musical. Since the x-Factor, Joe has been busy with tours especially this year that he hasn’t even had the chance to watch this years X-Factor. “I still love it but we have shows on Saturday so I always miss it but I do try to catch up on Youtube, but this year I haven’t seen any of it, which is very unlike me! But I wish all the contestants good luck!”