Joe McElderry, 18, of Tyneside last night won the UK television musical talent search series, X Factor.
McElderry had the support of the staunchly loyal North East of England – “Vote Joe” was even displayed on the electronic signs on the A19 Tyne Tunnel dual carriageway – as well as his mentor on the show, Cheryl Cole who comes from a similar part of the country.
Joe McElderry’s single “The Climb”, released today, is expected to be the biggest selling single in the UK this Christmas, with bookmakers making the star just 1/8 to be the official Christmas Number One in 2009.
X Factor is expected to have pulled in a record beaking TV audience of up to 20 million viewers for the finale which took place yesterday evening with a 2 hour spectacular.
X Factor, another brainchild of Simon Cowell, has reputedly earned ITV, the television network carrying the show, in the region of £75 million in revenue, news which will be welcome to investors who had a torrid time in 2008.
X Factor follows hot on the heels of Britain’s Got Talent and I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! successes for ITV.