Joe McElderry is a force to be reckoned with on the reality TV show circuit, having won The X Factor in 2009, Popstar to Operastar in 2011 and most recently being crowned champion of skiing-themed reality show The Jump. His music career shows no signs of slowing down either – alongside working on his fifth album he’s also announced a brand new 2015 tour, The Evolution Tour.
“It’s very exciting. I think it’s going to be almost twice the length of the current tour,” McElderry tells RadioTimes.com.
“I don’t want to spoil it by giving too much away, but it’ll be a totally different show, some cool things that I’ve never done before.”
The singer is certainly one for keeping his team on their toes, deciding halfway through the current tour to add new dates, and continually switching his sets around.
“I change the show every night and I mix things up. No show is the same. I think the band hates me for that,” McElderry jokes adding, “But that’s what I live and breathe.”
The star jokes that he’s a “frustrated dancer” with lots of choreographed routines in his sets. In fact, many were expecting him to continue his reality show takeover with a spot on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing series.
“Every single year I get about twenty text messages off everybody saying, ‘Oh my god, congratulations on Strictly, you must be so excited’ and I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ Every year I get put up in the rumour list and everyone just assumes I’m doing it.
“I’ve never been asked to do it. If I was asked I’d definitely, definitely consider it. That would be right up my street. I’d love it.”
He’d have to win it of course; he’s got a reputation to keep up.
“Maybe that’s why they haven’t asked me, they’re probably sick of me on reality TV,” McElderry laughs.
Indeed, a stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! doesn’t seem to be on the cards (“I’m a bit petrified of rats”) and McElderry’s not sure whether he’ll make a guest appearance on the slopes of the second series of The Jump. But what the star really wants is a new reality singing show.
“I was really upset when Popstar to Operastar didn’t come back. I absolutely love X Factor and nothing will ever be able to replace that, but I’d like to see something fun, similar to Popstar to Operastar, which takes people who are already experienced in their jobs outside of their comfort zone. That is what people enjoy watching.”
Perhaps McElderry could one day take a turn as an X Factor judge?
“I would love to. I’m a real softy. I’d be getting up 24/7 to help them. I’d be singing the words to help them when they’ve forgotten them. If I was able to mentor somebody on a show like X Factor and continue to mentor them afterwards, I’d love to be able to do that.”
This year’s show has of course seen the return of the judge who mentored McElderry to victory, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, and he’s chuffed to see her back.
“She’s a great judge and I really think X Factor has been a huge part of her career that people know and love her for. She’s a very sensitive person, which is very rare in this industry. I think that’s why we got on so well.”
But it seems presenting is McElderry’s next big dream, perhaps even on his own chat show.
“I’d love to try a bit of presenting. I can talk a lot, I enjoy chatting to people. It’d be great to have some sort of music show. I have a bit of experience now, so I know the sort of questions I’d want to be asked, so it would be fun.
“Sometimes things pull off and other times they don’t. It’s always something I’m looking into doing… hopefully that’ll be happening soon.”
There’s one woman firmly at the top of his guest list wish list, too. “I always say this person, but it would be Beyoncé.”