JOE McElderry kicked off his Set Your Soul Alive Tour with a bang last night in his native North East.
The 22-year-old X Factor and Popstar to Operastar champ opened his biggest-ever tour at Billingham’s Forum Theatre.
Joe looked confident as he strode out onto the stage to open with first album favourite Feel The Fire.
Backed by a talented four-piece band, he worked his way through album tracks Someone Wake Me Up, Rescue Us, and What Have I Done.
Joe, who hails from Westoe, South Shields, tugged on the heartstrings of his devoted followers when he dedicated the emotional World Through Your Eyes to a young fan who recently died from cancer.
The singer performed new self-penned song Memory of You before leaving the stage to rapturous applause.
He came back for the classic section of his show looking dapper in a suit and bow tie.
Joe performed big Italian numbers like E Penso A Te and Nessun Dorma, which as usual, brought the crowd to their feet.
The star also surprised the audience with a stunning part-Italian-part-English version of Unbreak My Heart.
You could have heard a pin drop as Joe mesmerised his fans with his powerful vocals.
He has a real knack for capturing the raw emotion of songs and he left many fans in tears with his performance.
He came back for the second act with another of his own new tracks Set Your Soul Alive - which the tour is named after - and the audience rushed to the front of the theatre to dance along.
Joe, who recently won his third reality TV title on winter sports show The Jump, delighted fans by bringing his trophy out onto the stage.
A medley of covers, including Sex On Fire, Happy, Moves Like Jagger and Valerie had everyone singing along, as did the likes of Wide Awake, Ambitions and Until The Stars Run Out.
The singer then played his signature game, Jukebox Joe, where he takes requests from the crowd and sings excerpts of songs, proving he can do it all, from big ballads to upbeat numbers.
He ended with crowd favourites Don’t Stop Believing and The Climb.
Joe told his fans that singing sets his soul alive, and that he hoped it did the same for them.
There was no doubt that it did. The atmosphere was electric at the sellout show.
It’s clear that the Set Your Soul Alive Tour will not only be Joe’s longest string of performances, but his best too.
For a full list of tour dates, go to Joe’s website.
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