|Birth name||Joseph McElderry|
|Born||16 June 1991
Tyne and Wear,
|Labels||Sony Music, Syco Music (2009–present)|
|Associated acts||The X Factor 2009 finalists|
Joseph "Joe" McElderry (born 16 June 1991) is an English singer and model. He won the sixth series of the ITV show The X Factor in 2009. His first single "The Climb" reached number one on the UK and Irish Singles Charts.
Born in South Shields, England, McElderry is the only child of Jim McElderry and Eileen Joyce. The couple separated when McElderry was a child. McElderry was raised with help from his grandmother Hilda Joyce and his aunts. Hilda sang in a band called The Dolly Mixtures, who performed in the pubs and clubs of North-East England.
McElderry attended Harton Technology College in Lisle Road, South Shields, before joining South Tyneside College to study AS level school qualifications, and Newcastle College to study performing arts. He was the Pride of South Tyneside's Young Performer of the Year in 2008. McElderry studies for BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts at Newcastle College Performance Academy. He took the role of Danny Zuko in Grease performed at Harton Technology College.
McElderry auditioned for The X Factor in 2007, but it wasn't shown because he felt he was too young compared to the other contestants and opted to walk away. He auditioned again in 2009 in Manchester and sang Luther Vandross's "Dance with My Father". He made it through to the live finals and was announced the winner on 13 December 2009,, beating runner up Olly Murs with his version of Miley Cyrus's "The Climb".
McElderry's prize, as winner, was a recording contract with Simon Cowell's Syco record label, whose parent company is Sony Music Entertainment. The contract has a stated value of £1 million, of which £150,000 is a cash advance and the remainder allocated to recording and marketing costs. The single "The Climb" was released as McElderry's debut single.
Along with The X Factor finalists, McElderry recorded a charity single, a cover of Michael Jackson's hit "You Are Not Alone". It was released in aid of London's Great Ormond Street Hospital. The finalists premiered the song live on the 15 November edition of the programme; the single was available for digital download that day and a physical release followed the day after. The single reached number one in the UK Singles Chart.
McElderry performed the following songs during the contest:
|Week||Song choice||Original artist||Theme||Result|
|Audition||"Dance with My Father"||Luther Vandross||Free Choice||To bootcamp|
|Bootcamp||"Praying for Time"||George Michael||Free Choice||Final 24 / To Judges' House|
|Judges' House||"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"||Elton John||Free Choice||Final 12|
|"Imagine"||John Lennon||Free Choice|
|Week 1||"No Regrets"||Robbie Williams||Musical heroes||Safe|
|Week 2||"Where Do Broken Hearts Go"||Whitney Houston||Divas||Safe|
|Week 3||"Sway"||Dean Martin||Big band||Safe|
|Week 4||"Don't Stop Believin'"||Journey||Rock||Safe|
|Week 5||"Circle of Life"||Elton John||Songs from films||Safe|
|Week 6||"Somebody to Love"||Queen||Queen songs||Safe|
|Week 7||"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"||Elton John||Wham!/George Michael songs||Safe|
|Week 8 (Quarter Final)||"Could It Be Magic"||Take That||Take That songs||Safe|
|"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"||Elton John||Elton John songs|
|Week 9 (Semi-final)||"She's Out of My Life"||Tom Bahler / Michael Jackson||Michael Jackson songs||Safe|
|"Open Arms"||Journey||Mentor's choice|
|Week 10 (Final)||"Dance with My Father"||Luther Vandross||Audition song||Safe|
|"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (Performed with George Michael)||Elton John/George Michael||Celebrity duet|
|"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"||Elton John||Favourite performance|
|"Don't Stop Believin'"||Journey||Contestant's favourite||Winner|
|"The Climb"||Miley Cyrus||Winner's song|
McElderry's debut single, "The Climb", was available to download at midnight on 14 December 2009 and was released physically on 16 December 2009. According to industry sources, approximately 100,000 copies of the single were sold on the day of its release. On 18 December 2009, it was announced that McElderry secured the top spot in the Irish Singles Chart for 11–17 December 2009.
"The Climb" was a contender for 2009's UK Christmas number one, competing against, and losing to, Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name". McElderry's single sold 450,000 compared to Rage Against the Machine's 502,000 after a Facebook-based campaign was started in protest of The X Factor's dominance of the Christmas number one title. This was the first time since 2004 that the X Factor winning single was denied the top spot for Christmas in the UK Singles Charts. Following the defeat, McElderry congratulated Rage Against the Machine on his official Twitter page for an "interesting chart battle". Simon Cowell stated that he was "gutted for Joe because a number one single meant a lot to him. But I have to congratulate Jon and Tracy [Morter, who started the Facebook campaign]." McElderry's single stayed at number one on the Irish charts for a second week securing him the Irish Christmas number one (18–25 December 2009), and the song moved up to the top spot in the UK Singles Chart on 27 December.
The single had the fifth highest sales of all UK singles released in 2009 staying one week at #1. It was also the top selling Irish single of 2009 where it remained at the top spot for four consecutive weeks. "The Climb" was nominated in the British Single category at the 2010 BRIT Awards but lost out to fellow X Factor contestants JLS.
In January 2010, he participated in the Helping Haiti charity single, a cover of "Everybody Hurts" arranged by Simon Cowell in order to raise money for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. McElderry is currently appearing in the X Factor Live Tour, from 15 February to 4 April 2010.
On 15 March 2010, it was reported that McElderry had signed a modelling deal with Next Models .
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|As featured artist|
|2009||"You Are Not Alone" (with The X Factor finalists)||1||1||10||Charity Single|
|2010||"Everybody Hurts" (with Helping Haiti)||1||1||4|
|Winner of The X Factor
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