Joe McElderry speaks to the Recorder in the build up to concert

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 November 2015

Joe McElderry performs before switching on the Christmas Lights at Cheshire Oaks, Chester.

Joe McElderry performs before switching on the Christmas Lights at Cheshire Oaks, Chester.

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You can never say the life of an X Factor winner is boring – as 24-year-old Joe McElderry has discovered over the past six years.

From performing to live audiences to ski jumping down a take-off ramp at 60mph, Joe has not stopped and by the looks of things, he won’t be doing so any time soon as he continues his Evolution tour at the Millfield Theatre, Edmonton.

He said: “I am very excited to be doing the tour, we have been doing it since February so it’s been a long haul but it’s been amazing performing and spending so much time with the band on the road.

“I called it the Evolution tour because the show is made up of music that I performed on the X Factor, after I left the show, and some new material as well so it’s kind of like snapshots of different points in my career.

“I wanted to show people how much I have changed and grown up since I first started six years ago.”

Joe was crowned as the winner of the ITV talent show in 2009, beating pop star Olly Murs and television personality Stacey Solomon at the last hurdle.

But before he wowed the judges at his audition with Luther Vandross’s Dance with My Father, Joe was working as a part-time dish washer at the restaurant in his local theatre.

He said: “I would wash up the dishes then go out to the customers and sing to them while they were eating their food and afterwards they would clap and I’d just go back to washing dishes again!

“It has been manic ever since I left the show, because I have never stopped working.

“There has always been a project to work on so it’s like I’ve been on a treadmill all this time and haven’t stopped!”

But sticking to what he knows best has not been Joe’s motto.

He signed up for one-off series Popstar to Operastar and Channel’s 4 The Jump and won both.

He said: “It’s actually a funny story how I got involved with The Jump because I have been going on ski holidays with my family to Austria for 12 years and while I was there, I got a phone call from my manager.

“Apparently after Henry Conway, who was on the show, injured himself, the director saw one of my tweets saying that I was out there so they asked if I would be interested and I just said yes.

“I thought that it wouldn’t be too difficult since I have been skiing for years but jumping off somewhere at 60mph and laying down on ice while going at full speed isn’t what we usually do on our holidays!

“I don’t think us taking pictures at the top of the mountains and stopping halfway down for a coffee counts as proper skiing so it was difficult. But it was one of the best experiences I’ve had.”

Joe will be continuing his nationwide tour, performing at the Millifield Theatre on Saturday.

He said: “I know so many singers that have come and gone so I know I’ve been really lucky to have worked for six years in this industry.

“I am so grateful that I’ve been given these opportunities and I’m happy I get the chance to get up on stage and do what I love.”

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