Former X Factor winner Joe McElderry has revealed that he still keeps in touch with his fellow stars from the 2009 show.
But the 23-year-old Geordie, who’ll be performing at Lanark Memorial Hall next month, isn’t jealous of the current worldwide charting success of 2009 X Factor runner-up Olly Murs.
Joe, whose X Factor-winning song The Climb reached UK number one and has two gold albums under his belt, said: “I just concentrate on my own career, but Olly has done very well for himself.
“There was a core group of people on that X Factor show of 2009 and we’re all very supportive of Olly.
“We don’t contact each other all the time, but we have each other’s numbers and congratulate each other.”
Joe relishes the pressures of singing live – including in front of millions of TV viewers during those X Factor shows over five years ago.
“Going on stage is a bit like preparing for a boxing match,” he said. “You try and get ready for anything that’s coming at you, because when you start singing it’s like somebody slapping you on the face.
“But I think being nervous is fine, because it means you care about your job and career. If you don’t have nerves there is something wrong.”
The Lanark Memorial Hall audience watching Joe perform on Thursday, May 21, will be treated to hits from his four albums, all part of The Evolution tour which will see him do over 100 shows over several legs this year taking in the whole of the UK.
Joe, who is also a past winner of a Channel 4 series Jump, said: “I’ll sing a mixture of X Factor songs, classical, pop and new material.
“Doing over 100 shows is the most I’ve ever done in the one run – my previous highest was 60 last year – and I’m really looking forward to coming to Lanark.
“Although it will be my first time in the town, I’ve performed in Scotland several times and I know that the Scottish crowd are always very warm, up for a good time and singing along.
“I absolutely love performing. I would never say a bad word about my job because I realise I’m so lucky.”
The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets costing £16 are available by calling 01555 667 999 or visiting www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk.
There are also a limited number of VIP tickets at £75 which includes a meet and greet with Joe before the performance with photo opportunity, glass of bubbly and a goody bag of Joe’s merchandise.
Joe will also be returning to Lanarkshire later this year when he performs at Airdrie Town Hall on Sunday, October 18.
Tickets costing £19.50 (£18.50 concession) are available by calling 01698 403120 or online by visiting www.cluturenl.co.uk.