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He won the sixth series of the ITV show The X Factor in 2009. His first single "The Climb" reached number one on the UK Singles Chart. He won the second series of Popstar to Operastar in 2011.
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8411103.stm "Joe McElderry wins X Factor crown" BBC News 13 December 2009
- http://www.digitalspy.com/showbiz/news/a253387/joe-mcelderry-comes-out-as-gay.html Jennifer Still, "Joe McElderry comes out as gay", Digital Spy 30 July 2010)
- http://entertainment.stv.tv/showbiz/192963-x-factor-winner-joe-mcelderry-to-launch-album-at-g-a-y/ "STV: X Factor winner Joe McElderry to launch album at G-A-Y"