Joe McElderry signed up by Universal label Decca Records for a new album

Joe McElderry

It was all looking rather bleak for Joe McElderry when he was announced as part of the Popstar to Operastar line up, but the 20-year-old has fallen on his feet and secured a new record deal. The former X Factor winner, who beat Olly Murs in the final two years ago, has been picked up by Universal.

Joe was dropped by Simon Cowell's Syco record label earlier this year, just 18 months after winning the series and less than a year after releasing his debut album.

However it was revealed this week that, after winning Popstar to Operastar on Sunday, Joe has signed with Decca Records for a new album due out in August. "We nurture our artists," Decca said, seemingly in a dig against Cowell and Sony.

> Winning Popstar to Operastar was "amazing" says Joe McElderry

Check out Joe performing former mentor, Cheryl Cole's track 'Promise This' below...

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