MIRROR, mirror, on the wall, is Joe McElderry the fairest panto star of them all?
The X Factor and Popstar to Operastar champ is spending the festive period in Bradford starring in pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The 23-year-old, of Westoe, South Shields, is playing the Spirit of the Mirror in the Yuletide family show at the Alhambra Theatre.
Speaking to the Gazette backstage in his dressing room, he said: “I’m having a lot of fun. The show’s great, there’s lots of different things in it, and Billy Pearce, who I’m working alongside, is hilarious. He keeps changing everything so it keeps the show really fresh.
“I’m having a great time and the audiences have been fab as well.”
Joe made his panto debut last year as Prince Charming in Cinderella at the Beck Theatre in Hayes, Middlesex.
He said: “I think it’s a different role this year, there’s a lot more involvement with the audience for me this year, in terms of singing, acting, some of the little skits we’re doing in between. It’s more of a comical role as well and taking the mick out of myself a little bit, which is fun.
“It’s great fun, we’re on a roll with it now and we’re just enjoying it. It’s great knowing that the audiences are coming along and the kids are all really excited for Christmas – it’s just a great time of year to be working.”
He added: “I’ve seen lots of friends and family here and there’s been some really supportive fans come from all over the country, which has been nice to see. It’s nice to look down and see some familiar faces.
“It’s been really fun and this is only the first week so I’m really excited.
“It’s hard work but it’s very different to what I do on a daily basis when I’m touring on my own or promoting an album because I’m supported by an amazing cast, incredible dancers, incredible actors, a great comedian, I’m really well supported.
“Last week I was really unwell and I had a bit of a chest infection and everyone just kind of rallies round and holds you up and keeps you going.”
Joe also promises that if any fans are thinking of making the journey from South Tyneside, it would be worth their while.
He said: “It’s fun, it’s got music, it’s got dancing, it’s got comedy, it’s got stunts – there’s all sorts of different things in it. It’s more like a musical experience of everything, I think it’s a bit of an extravaganza and it’s pretty full on so I think people would enjoy it.”
The show runs until January 25, next year.
Click here to read a review of the show.
Click here to see a selection of pictures from the show.