Joe McElderry: Popstar to Operastar win too close to home

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 July 2011
Joe McElderry

Joe McElderry

Joe McElderry admits his 'Popstar to Operastar' triumph last night (10.07.11) felt ''far too close to home'' because it reminded him of his 'X Factor' win

Joe McElderry admits his 'Popstar to Operastar' win was "far too close to home".

The 20-year-old singer explained his triumph - which saw him beat off competition from Cheryl Baker to be crowned the winner of the singing competition last night (10.07.11) - reminded him of his 'X Factor' success in 2009.

He said: "It was far too close to home. It was the whole same format, so I was like, 'Oh my God, I'm here again'.

"Cheryl was going, 'Why are you so nervous?' And I was like, 'It's not just about the show, it's just bringing back so much about 'X Factor'.' It was amazing though."

Joe - who was axed from Simon Cowell's record label in April, just 18 months after winning 'The X Factor' - admitted he thought the ITV1 show, which saw celebrity contestants turning their talents to opera singing, was going to be "easy".

In an interview on 'Daybreak', he added: "I thought it was going to be easy. And then I got there and I was like, 'Oh my god, this is hard.'

"It's exhausting, it's like doing an exercise class everyday, it's not just standing up there singing, you're doing all the breathing exercises. I realised I had thrown myself in at the deep end."

Joe's time on the competition has even inspired him to consider putting some opera songs on his new album.

He explained: "I'm going to the studio next week to start a new album so it's a really exciting time, and yeah, maybe I'll put a few opera songs on there. I think I've got to reference it and I enjoy singing in different languages, so that's something I really want to do as well on the new material."

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