Joe'd certainly worked hard for this victory--he'd auditioned for The X Factor before, but gotten no farther than the Boot Camp stage (the equivalent of American Idol's Hollywood Week)--so good for him. Here is Joe's hard-earned winning moment:
But now, here's his "prize": Joe McElderry's debut single will be "The Climb." Yes, the Miley Cyrus song.
I've never been much of a fan of "coronation songs"--all that dreck a la "I Believe A Moment Like This Is My Now And Is The Time Of My Life Because I'm Flying Without Wings"--but at least last year's X Factor champ, Alexandra Burke, got to debut with a real classic, a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." And this season, Joe McElderry gets to sing....Miley Cyrus?
While I would have preferred a cover of "Party In The USA" (reimagined as "Party In The UK," of course) if Joe had to do a Miley tune, he did do his best with the triumph-of-the-spirit power ballad, despite his nervous giggles after winning. The song admittedly does adhere well to the coronation-song format. So here's Joe's performance, the studio recording of which is now available for download at www.joe-music.com if you actually dig it:
And here is the version by runner-up Olly Murs, who will not have to release "The Climb" as his first single. In a way, then, Olly sort of won, huh?:
- Prince Harry
- Joe McElderry
- Leona Lewis
- Olly Murs