Joe McElderry Talks Life After X Factor
He tells MTV about his new single, video & the pressures of fame...
What with all the excitement of Cher Lloyd, one person who knows exactly how they feel is 19-year old Joe, who since winning the show, has been catapulted into superstardom.
This week, the Geordie teenager has now released his third solo single, Somebody Wake Me Up, and we just had to find out how Joe came to record the track, which features on the soundtrack for the new Chronicles of Narnia film, Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Speaking of how the single came about, Joe explained: "Fox Entertainment rang the label and said "we would really like Joe to be a part of it" and I straight away jumped at the chance."
"I thought it would be one of those things that got discussed and wouldn’t pull off. So for a couple of weeks, I didn’t hear anything and just assumed it wasn’t going to happen but nice that I got offered."
He continued: "Then we got a phone call and they were like “OK, we have booked Joe into the studio to go and record the soundtrack” and I was like “wow, this is actually happening. I am honoured that they have asked us to be a part of it. I love the films and to be on the soundtrack is just incredible."
When asked about the video, where the Ambitions hitmaker spends most of the time soaked with water, Joe told us exclusively: "We had two outfits and I had to wear them 16 times, so the stylist was with a mini hairdryer drying the outfits, but it was great fun."
"We shot it with the slow motion camera where you have to do everything in double the speed, so it was really fun. It was nice to do something like that, as Ambitions is really fun and kind of carefree with dancing, where as this quite edgy and serious. It was a very epic video shoot."
Joe, who famously missed out on the Christmas No.1 last year after falling victim to an internet campaign against The X Factor, also told us that he does feel pressure to succeed this time around, especially after winning the show.
McElderry admitted: "I think there is pressure on anyone that comes out of The X Factor because its such a high platform."
He added: "You have to keep going and kind of create the longevity which is a very difficult thing to say. If it's going to happen or not, you can't predict the future. I live in the moment, I can only work hard and try my best."
By Joanne Dorken