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Homecoming gig has Joe buzzing for more

On a high ... Joe McElderry.

On a high ... Joe McElderry.

JOE McElderry is still on a high today after his homecoming gig at the weekend.

And the 20-year-old loved the Bents Park gig in South Shields so much, he says he’d love to do it all again.

Joe performed in front of a record-breaking 20,000-strong crowd at the free open-air gig on Sunday.

He told the Gazette: “I’m still buzzing from the weekend and would love to do it all again!

“The Gazette coverage and support has been amazing, and the show itself was so much fun!”

It was the first time Joe had played in the borough since being crowned the winner of The X Factor in December 2009.

He has since added a second TV talent title to his trophy cabinet, after claiming the Popstar To Operastar title earlier this month.

Joe is back in London, working on his second album, Classic.

The CD, which will include Bents Park crowd pleasers Nessun Dorma and Dance With My Father, is due out on Monday, August 22.

The album will be released on Universal label Decca Records after Joe signed with them just days before winning Popstar To Operastar.

Joe had been dropped

by Simon Cowell’s record

label, Syco, earlier in the year after his debut album Wide Awake didn’t do as well as expected.

Despite No1 and No6 singles with The Climb and Ambitions, his third release, Someone Wake Me Up, only managed to make it to No68.

But fans who gathered in the seafront park certainly loved the album – swaying and singing along to the nine tracks which Joe performed from the 11-track CD.

He belted out 20 songs altogether, charting his career from before he was famous, through his X Factor journey, his album and Popstar To Operastar.

Readers Derek Petrie, Mary Appleton, Michelle McCamley and Marion Nicholson took these snaps of Joe and sent them to the Gazette.

leah.strug@northeast-press.co.uk

n Let’s go for more Joe

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