Joe McElderry 'grew' on Operastar

Former 'X Factor' winner Joe McElderry took part in 'Popstar to Operastar' so he could ''grow'' as a performer after he was axed by his record label

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Joe McElderry

Joe McElderry took part in 'Popstar to Operastar' so he could "grow" as a performer.

The 20-year-old singer - who won 'The X Factor' in 2009 - says he wanted a new challenge after he was dropped by his record label Syco, which is owned by Simon Cowell, so decided to sign up for the ITV1 show.

Joe was eventually crowned the winner and the show made him realise what direction his career should take.

He told the Daily Mail newspaper: "I really enjoy pouring emotion into a song. It was what I was known for. The first album, 'Wide Awake', was a new experience for me - going down an uptempo pop route.'

"At the time I thought that was what I wanted to do. Now I want to do dramatic ballads. I went into 'Operastar' because I wanted to grow as a performer. It's a whole new area of music, and it keeps me working hard."

Despite being dropped by Simon, Joe insists he doesn't bear any ill-feeling towards the music mogul.

He said: "Everyone kept coming up to me and saying in a sad voice, 'How are you?' But what's the point of being bitter? Simon gets a lot of criticism, yet he's not responsible for you once you leave the show. He gives you the platform, then it's up to you. Simon gave me great opportunities. Why would I be upset with him?"

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