Monday, 14 December 2009

Joe McElderry has won the 2009 series of ITV1 talent show the X Factor.

The 18-year-old, from South Shields, beat Olly Murs in the public vote in the final of the show.

McElderry beat 200,000 applicants to The X Factor and more than 10 million public votes were cast.

He hugged his mentor, fellow Geordie Cheryl Cole, and said: "I can't even speak, thank you so much everyone."

He added: "I can't actually speak and I just want to say thank you to Cheryl, she's been an amazing mentor."

He also thanked the other judges and everyone who voted for him.

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