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‘I’m a bit of a daredevil’ - Jump star Joe

GO JOE, GO ... Joe on the slopes in Austria.

GO JOE, GO ... Joe on the slopes in Austria.

JOE McElderry could Jump to a hat-trick of reality show wins.

The South Shields singing sensation has become a contestant on Channel 4’s The Jump.

The X Factor and Popstar to Operastar champ secured his spot on the winter sports competition on Tuesday night.

Joe, 22, faced off against investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre in a live jump-off.

Both stars took on the medium jump and Joe landed at a distance of 15m – recording the biggest leap in the show up to that point.

Donal came in at just 11.5m. The pair jumped to compete for a place after fashion journalist Henry Conway bowed out due to an injury.

Joe, who had been training in Austria as a stand-by for the show, took time out from filming the speed skiing event, which will be shown tonight, to chat to the Gazette.

He said: “I was really feeling the pressure when I was up there on the jump. I really wanted to be a contestant on the show but I was terrified.

“I didn’t want to be the first person to fall on live national TV and because I was the first person to do the middle jump, I was really nervous.

“Obviously, I haven’t been on the show properly yet but I’ve had so much fun in the training and they’re a great bunch of people so I really wanted to be part of it.

“I was just on holiday skiing with my family and the next thing I know I’m hurtling down a ski jump.”

Joe claimed victory on the X Factor in 2009 and Popstar to Operastar in 2011, so The Jump could see him secure his third reality show title.

He said: “I do want to do well but I’m just going to have fun. I am competitive though so we’ll see.

“You have to concentrate so hard on each event, so I’m just going to take it one day at a time.

“I’ve been going skiing with my family for years but the sports we’re doing on this show are very different to just skiing for fun. I’d never been on a jump before and taking part in the skeleton and things like that have been brilliant but terrifying.

“The thing I really like about this show is that is lets everyone see us in a different light.

“We’re a bunch of singers, athletes, TV presenters and hairdressers, and we’re doing something people would never normally see us do.

“I don’t think it’s the kind of thing people would expect me to do but I think it’s turned me into a bit of a daredevil.

“I’m usually a bit wimpy with stuff like this but I’m really enjoying the challenge.

“It’s getting me really fit for my tour as well.

“I’m just going to enjoy it and do my best.”

The show involves other celebrities, including the likes of comedian Marcus Brigstocke and former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, taking on events like bobsleigh, skiing and speed skating.

The Jump is on Channel 4 at 8pm every night this week.

The final will take place on Monday

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