Joe McElderry for Radio 1’s Live Lounge

When Joe McElderry did an acoustic version of Lady Gaga’s Telephone for YouTube last month, it gave a new dimension to a singer we’d all written off following his X Factor win.

Well, the video (below) has certainly rejuvinated interest in the Geordie singer, because the video itself has had over 100,000 views on YouTube and it’s led to his being booked for a special Live Lounge with Radio 1. McElderry has been confirmed for an acoustic session when Radio 1 do their annual Big Weekend later this month.

Joe’s scheduled to perform on Saturday 22nd May and the Big Weekend is being held in Bangor, Wales this year. It’s not certain if Joe will do his version of Telephone, but it certainly added a new feather to the singer’s cap. He starts rehearsals for the gig next week and is said to be “very excited”.

I think the eyes of the world will be on Joe – the X Factor doesn’t have a great track record of producing long-lived male pop acts. The jury’s out on whether Joe McElderry will be more Leon Jackson than JLS. What do you think?

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