Joe McElderry thinks X Factor prepared him for new show
- Bang Showbiz
- 27 May 2011
Joe McElderry thinks winning 'The X Factor' in 2009 will make appearing on new reality series 'Popstar to Operastar'
Joe McElderry thinks winning 'The X Factor' will make appearing on a new reality series easier.
The 19-year-old singer - who won the ITV1 show in 2009, only to be dropped by Simon Cowell's record label 18 months later - explained he isn't scared about appearing in front of judges Katherine Jenkins and Rolando Villazon on 'Popstar to Operastar' because he is an old hand at TV talent shows.
He said: "I'm alright with performing in front of Katherine and Rolando now. I'm used to being in front of high-profile people after 'The X Factor', so that makes it a bit easier.
"I've also been in the environment of having to learn a song quickly and performing it."
However, Cheryl Baker - a singer in 70s pop group Bucks Fizz - admitted if she disagrees with the judges' comments, she isn't afraid to hit back at them.
She told The Sun newspaper: "If I think their criticism is correct I will agree - but if not, I'll probably ask them what they're talking about."
Meanwhile former Steps singer Claire Richards is hoping her operatic debut will prove to her four-year-old son Charlie that she can actually sing.
She added: "When you ask Charlie what Mummy does for a job he says she changes nappies! I don't want him to think that's all I do. This show is perfect."