Joe McElderry rocked Newcastle City Hall recently. Vicki Newman was there to witness it.

Joe Mcelderry. Winner of the X Factor. X Factor Live Tour. Metro Radio Arena.
Joe Mcelderry. Winner of the X Factor. X Factor Live Tour. Metro Radio Arena.
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THE 20-year-old singing sensation proved that he’s back for good after playing to a sell-out crowd in his first solo tour.

The South Shields-born singer took screaming fans on a musical journey through his time on X Factor and debut album Wide Awake, through Popstar to Operastar and second album, Classic.

Joe told the crowd: “I don’t really like to use the word journey, but that’s exactly what it has been.”

From tots to grandmas, Joe’s fans of all ages belted out deafening screams as they were treated to early favourites like Ambitions and Wide Awake, classical tunes Canto Della Terra and Nessun Dorma, and cover versions from his days on X Factor and beyond, including his first audition song, Luther Vandross’ Dance With My Father.

The staging of the show was fantastic and screamed professionalism and growth, displaying images and footage of Joe as a child, performing on the ITV1 talent shows, and of course, his huge homecoming gig in Bents Park.

The show was cleverly split into two halves, tracking Joe’s development as an artist from the teenager who auditioned for X Factor to the Gold-selling artist he is today.

As to be expected, the first half of the show tracked the early days of Joe’s career from his first appearance on X Factor in 2009, with catchy pop numbers Real Late Starter and Superman (It’s Not Easy) getting the audience up on their feet and dancing in the aisles.

Then a quick outfit change from his jeans and T-shirt into a suit moved us to the classic half of the gig.

Joe belted out huge notes and wowed audiences who stood in adulation of his powerful voice.

There’s no doubt that Joe has a beautiful recording voice, but to fully appreciate his talent, you just have to see him live.

The star, known as well for his dimples as his voice, couldn’t help but smile when the crowd begged him for more, and still seems shocked and humbled by the reaction he gets from his audience.

He’s a true delight to watch – and I couldn’t think of a better time to see him than right now.

After a 17-song set, Joe left the stage to rapturous applause and a standing ovation, but couldn’t resist coming back and performing four more songs for his devoted fans.

The star surprised audiences by rounding-up the night on a festive note with a cover of Wham’s Last Christmas, which features on his new album, Classic Christmas, which goes on sale on November 28.

Before he left, he belted out a passionate performance of his first single, Miley Cyrus’ The Climb, pulling one lucky fan up on stage to join him for the encore.