Joe McElderry: "It Was About Time Wagner Went"
The 2009 XF champ talks to us exclusively about this year's series...
Speaking to us about all things X Factor, the 19-year old, who won the talent show last year under Chezza's guidance, told us that he thought the Katie Waissel andWagner Carrilholast Sunday, ahead of this week's semi-finals.
The One Direction in the semi-finals.
He explained: "I have got to support Cheryl's girls and I think One Direction are great, they relate well to young people and are very family friendly. They tick all the right boxes and I think they could be huge."
Focusing on this weekend's semi-finals, Joe recalled how he felt this time last year, claiming: "It’s a very frustrating and bitter sweet feeling being in the semi-finals because you are like ‘wow I'm in the semi final’ but you know that the finals are in the next week."
"It's just two weeks, but seems so far away so its an amazing feeling, but also the scariest feeling ever. It's like the last hurdle, if you make it to the final then its great but if you don't, it's upsetting. It’s a very intense and emotional time."
Joe also took the time to stick up for his former mentor, Cheryl, after the Girls Aloudstar should be taken with "a pinch of salt."
Speaking of The Flood singer's rocky time on the XF panel, Joe stated: "I think its mostly press backlash you have to take it with a pinch of salt really."
"She's a great woman, a great judge and extremely talented. I think that’s what people have to remember."
He added: "She's the only one with two acts left, so she's not doing that bad. I still speak with Cheryl a lot and we chat about different things we have a good relationship."
The Climb hitmaker is also supporting Cheryl when it comes to the Justin Bieber is not the right choice to join the American panel.
Keep checking mtv.co.uk for more from our Joe McElderry interview, where he tells us all about his new single, Someone Wake Me Up…
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By Joanne Dorken