Joe McElderry "parted on a good note" with Simon Cowell

Joe McElderryJoe McElderry, the 2009 winner of the X Factor, has said he “parted on a good note” with Simon Cowell and “kind of expected” to be dropped by the media mogul’s record label.

McElderry beat Olly Murs and Stacey Solomon to win the X Factor in 2009 but despite initial success with The Climb subsequent releases failed to perform well in the charts. Earlier this year it was revealed, due to his poor chart performance, that the openly gay singer had been dropped by Cowell’s record label. However, speaking for the first time about the axe McElderry has stated he has no hard feelings.

“We parted on a good note. No one was to blame. It was kind of expected.  I was only contracted for one album and it didn’t work out how I’d hoped. The second single didn’t work out either, which was disappointing.  But I could just feel it wasn’t right. I kind of knew it. I’ve had time to digest this and I’m OK with it now.” – Joe McElderry quoted in Star magazine

The singer is one of the contestants in the second series of ITV’s Popstar to Operastar. The show was originally axed by ITV following its first run due to disappointing ratings but when subsequent programmes also flopped in the same slot ITV took the decision to revive the singing competition. The new series kicks off this Saturday on ITV1.