July 11th, 2011
Joe McElderry performs Nessun Dorma in last night's Popstar to Operastar final.
Joe McElderry’s win in the Final of Popstar to Operastar last night show was his second TV triumph in less than two years. In 2009 he won The X Factor. The 20-year-old beat ex-Bucks Fizz singer Cheryl Baker in last night’s final. His and Cheryl’s performances throughout the series had outclassed the sometimes embarrassing efforts of other popstars like Midge Ure and Andy Bell.
Joe, dropped by Simon Cowell’s record company Syco in April, has revealed that he has another recording contract up his sleeve. He commented: “It’s not going to be pop, it’s going to be a lot of big, lush ballads. I wanted to do a few more ballads on my first album. It’s going to appeal to all my fans. I’m going to sing a few Italian songs. I’m not going to change my voice – I don’t want to scare people too much.
Runner-up Cheryl revealed she thought it was unlikely she would win, telling host Myleene Klass: “He’s fantastic. I had my money on Joe from the beginning.”
For his first performance of the evening,Joe teamed with mentor Rolando for Gastaldon’s Musica Proibita. Next came the solos, as Joe kicked things off with a rousing performance of Nessun Dorma. A tearful grandma Hilda could be spotted in the audience.
After his performance of Nessun Dorma, which earned him a standing ovation, judge Rolando Villazon said: “If anybody had a doubt whether you can sing with passion, that is it. If you are impressed with what you have done in six weeks, wait to see what you can do within two years.”
Well done Joe. Lustralboy loved you in X Factor. We’ll love you all over again as your voice soars to new heights and sends lovely shivers down our spines.
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