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Where's Joe?

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 14 September 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Joe McElderry is the South Shields born singer who won ITV's "X Factor" in 2009, and the 2011 series of "Popstar to Opera Star", as I post this his second album "Classic" is No. 2 in the UK charts and No. 1 in the classic album charts, it has already gone "Gold"!. This picture was taken in the Bents Park, South Shields where he gave a free concert to 25000 fans on a glorious sunny Sunday afternoon.

Here's a video clip of him performing "Nessun Dorma" at his concert. There are a few silent seconds at the start of the video, but don't let that worry you.

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sunstonemaria from California, United States

I can feel the energy and joy! wonderful!

14 Sep 2011 5:07am

atefeh from tehran, Iran

the life is beautifull!!!!!!!!!!

14 Sep 2011 5:42am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

They are up for a great time :)

14 Sep 2011 6:01am

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

It's great to see him having success after what must have been a huge anti-climax after Simon Cowell dropped him from his label. Good shot too!

14 Sep 2011 6:31am

@Richard: The lad has a new direction and doing well without Syco.

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Never heard of him-but I don't watch X-factor and all that sort of stuff. His groupies seem very pleased that he's there! Lovely shot, you obviously have charmed them into allowing their shot to be taken!

14 Sep 2011 6:37am

@CElliottUK: Must be my face!

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

This is a great happy shot. It makes me feel good ^^

14 Sep 2011 6:47am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Loyal fans.. I remember watching that series of X-factor.

14 Sep 2011 7:35am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

They are shortcuts his head as the Jivaro Indians :)) Superb image of these fans. Good day.

14 Sep 2011 7:53am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great shot of his fans out in force - he certainly has a soaring voice!

14 Sep 2011 7:55am

@Stephen: Terrific voice, massive range, and good variety of material.

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

These folks look like they're ready to boogie

14 Sep 2011 8:24am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

happy shot of the fan-crowd.
unfortunately I've no access to youtube here, but I must watch the video when I'm at home.

14 Sep 2011 9:37am

@Roman: You really must Roman it's a treat.

tubby from Singapore, Singapore

haha! this is really a very happy photo :) i really like this, curly... u captured all the smiles on the pples' face

14 Sep 2011 9:47am

Zorilla from H, T & E, United Kingdom

Meanwhile the ghost of Sam Peckinpah silently screams, "No. No. No. I said Alfredo Garcia"

14 Sep 2011 9:56am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb capture of happiness!!

14 Sep 2011 10:00am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

He's a nice singer ! I enjoyed the video. And of course I enjoyed your funny silly shot !!

14 Sep 2011 10:02am

@Hiro: Do you think he'd do well in Japan Hiro?

Amerlina from Tehran, Iran

everyone's happy, why should't I ?!! :)

14 Sep 2011 10:32am

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Such happy, happy picture!

14 Sep 2011 10:36am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

They are very excited :) Lots of energy in this shot.

14 Sep 2011 10:40am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

You're a great reporter! Your images now have a life and a very large emotivism. Congratulations! Adela

14 Sep 2011 10:43am

@Adela Fonts: I hope this finds new fans and markets for Joe.

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Lovely enthusiastic crowd! Great to see so much support for this rising star.

14 Sep 2011 11:33am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

nice shot, they all look happy and having lots of fun...

14 Sep 2011 12:41pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Always scary when the teeny boppers start coming out of the woodwork! A flashback to when the Beatles were just getting started. Nicely captured Curly! ;-))

14 Sep 2011 1:00pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Such a handsome and gifted young man! No wonder he's got all these fans!:-) Fantastic moment and splendid expressions you've captured!!!

14 Sep 2011 2:13pm

@hugo poon: Do you think they'd buy his music in Hong Kong Hugo?

Tiff from Oregon, United States

Looks like fun! great shot

14 Sep 2011 2:13pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

So does this mean Curly was one of these 25,000 fans? :-) Great capture of enthusiasm from the crowd!

14 Sep 2011 2:52pm

@Steven: His musical style is not amongst my favourite genres for sure, but I do applaud his pluck and get a sense of pride from seeing a fellow "Sanddancer" from South Shields being so successful.

dean musgrove from Simi Valley, United States

This town knows how to party and you captured that nicely.

14 Sep 2011 3:33pm

@dean musgrove: Damn right we know how to party Dean, you ought to make a visit here!!

PATRICK from miramas, France


14 Sep 2011 3:52pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Where,s Joe..indeed...fun shot....

14 Sep 2011 4:37pm

ursulakatariina from Greenock, United Kingdom

Great to see so many smiling people in one place. Nice shot.

14 Sep 2011 5:20pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Happy capture!!! Love smiling people!!

14 Sep 2011 5:52pm

franz from Baden, Austria

happy people having a good time and feeling good and proud about the "local hero"! and he does have an astonishing voice for sure!

14 Sep 2011 6:28pm

@franz: Would he be marketable in Austria too?

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A nice shot of this audience…

14 Sep 2011 7:14pm

TheoJ from Emden, Germany

happy people, happy picture, happy visitor :-)

14 Sep 2011 7:51pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

the ladies love him:))

14 Sep 2011 7:59pm

@john4jack: Good clean cut sort of guy.

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Curly,
The facial expression conveys the mood. An interesting video. I listened to the impressive voice of the singer and was thrilled. Have a nice time and all the best. Dear greetings from Christel

14 Sep 2011 8:22pm

@Christel: See what you think of tomorrows video too Christel.

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

The ladies are really happy!

14 Sep 2011 9:07pm

Landy from Miami, United States

agradable alegria espresan estas personas un saludo

14 Sep 2011 9:19pm

JCJ from Troyes, France


14 Sep 2011 9:27pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

are you the photographer or (looking at the crowd reaction) the warm up act?!!

14 Sep 2011 9:46pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

His voice is wonderful ... and I guess I'm old enough to appreciate it! ;D
Praise is deserved for his talent whether this is your style or not!

14 Sep 2011 11:03pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: I'm glad you liked his voice, take a listen/watch tomorrow's video too, would he go down well in the US Judy?

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Wonderful shot! Look at all those women!! A star giving a free concert? Unheard of here.

15 Sep 2011 12:06am

@Laurie: How did you rate him Laurie, wait until you have seen tomorrow's video before deciding if he's right for the USA.

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great shot! I can see why they like him - great voice and he is really CUTE!

15 Sep 2011 12:26am

@Elaine Hancock: So......does that make him a marketable commodity on that side of the pond?

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

A great scene!

15 Sep 2011 2:14am

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, New York, Canada

I don't believe I have ever heard of him, I will definitely check out
his singing. There is no shortage of stars, and I love these people
who look like they madly support him. Good for him.

15 Sep 2011 8:48am

@Phil David Morris 2011: See what you think of his voice Phil, I think Canadians would love the guy.

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

A joyous group of people!....great fun.

15 Sep 2011 9:28am

foto forte from Phoenix, United States

A free concert for his fans? I like him already..not many stars do that! Happy, festive feeling to this shot, Curly, and you caught that well...I can just feel the excitement and the happiness!:)

15 Sep 2011 3:25pm

@foto forte: Hey Jen, wait until you have seen tomorrow's video, would you buy his album if it was on sale over there?

franz from Baden, Austria

i see no reason why he wouldn't sell in austria! many people here are very keen on classical music presented in a new "coat"!

15 Sep 2011 8:13pm

foto forte from Phoenix, United States

Wow, Curly, just clicked on the link you had here and watched the video....such a beautiful voice....yes, I believe I would buy it:) Thanks for providing the link!

15 Sep 2011 9:50pm

BBM from United Kingdom

He has some fans! well captured !

16 Sep 2011 5:40am

Anne from 新加坡, Singapore

Happiness and fun in the air..great capture of the moment..
Thanks for the link..such a young talent with powerful vocal..I like his fast numbers too :)

27 Sep 2011 4:09pm

1/1500 second
ISO 200
57 mm (35mm equiv.)