Joe McElderry plays the Millennium Forum

  • X Factor winner coming to Derry
  • McElderry will also play Belfast
  • Singer set to showcase new material
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X-Factor star Joe McElderry will bring his Evolution Tour to Derry next week.

The singer, best known for hits such as The Climb and Someone Wake Me Up, will play the Millennium Forum on Monday March 16.

Five years ago Joe stole the hearts of the nation when he, nurtured by Cheryl Cole, after he turned into an overnight sensation on the show.

Eventually winning the show Joe shot to the top of the charts with a cover of Miley Cyrus’ song The Climb.

As he prepares to head for Northern Ireland Joe says this show is set to bring the audience a taste of his new material as well as the X-Factor and solo career classics.

He said: “For this show I have tried to switch in and out new material because I don’t want to do the whole show with new material because I realise that people want to hear certain songs.

“There are a few that are going in and out of the show but we have a new one at the moment called Hollywood and it’s a song I co-wrote which is a bit of a party anthem it has a rocky vibe to it so you can get your air guitar and that seems to get a good reaction off the audience - that’s probably my favourite at the moment.

“I hope to show people how my voice and style have evolved since I won X Factor and demonstrate more versatility. I love experimenting and I hope people will be surprised.

“But the thing I love most of all is the feeling of warmth I get from the audience when I’m on stage. I don’t feel like it’s an audience at all – it’s like singing before my family.”

Joe McElderry will play Belfast’s Grand Opera House on Sunday March 15 and Derry’s Millennium Forum on Monday March 16.

Joe McElderry.

Joe McElderry.

But the thing I love most of all is the feeling of warmth I get from the audience when I’m on stage.

Joe McElderry