Joe McElderry says he's "out of his comfort zone" on Popstar to Operastar

Joe McElderry

Just days before Popstar to Operastar kicks off for a second series on ITV1, contestant Joe McElderry has revealed his nerves about the show. The programme, which challenges 'popstars' to sing and perform classical Opera, starts on Sunday night at 8PM on ITV1.

Speaking about the show, former X Factor winner Joe told What's On TV: "It's good fun, but all very strange and different from what I'm used to. I'm completely out of my comfort zone as I'm learning a different way of singing and performing. I've definitely thrown myself in at the deep end!

"Trying to speak another language is one thing - but trying to sing it is really another. I'm given English translations of the songs so I know what I'm singing about, but I only pretend to read them as I don't want to complicate the process any more than necessary!"

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Joe will compete in the show alongside ex-Steps singer Steps’ Claire Richards, former Pussycat Dolls member Melody Thornton and Toploader star Joe Washbourne.

Others in the line up for the second series include eighties singers Midge Ure from Ultravox, Erasure’s Andy Bell and Bucks Fizz star Cheryl Baker, along with American soul singer Jocelyn Brown.

Joe continued: "I know I can deal with pressure, but whether I'm going to enjoy singing opera on a live show is another thing! As for criticism from judges - I'm used to that too, so hopefully it should be okay.

He added: "Our mentors Katherine Jenkins and Rolando Villazon are really understanding of the pressures we're under."

Myleene Klass returns to host the show, which starts on Sunday night on ITV1 at 8PM.

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