Winner of The X Factor 2009 Joe McElderry has revealed he's still in contact with his former mentor Cheryl Cole, nearly two years after he started his X Factor journey. Geordie Joe, who was dropped by Simon Cowell's Syco record label earlier this year, revealed the pair still spoke with one another.
Joe said: "I spoke to her about a week ago."
The singer, who will be taking part in new ITV1 show Popstar to Operastar from Sunday night, added: "I'm sure if she's in the country she's going to tune in!"
The news will be a blow to last year's contestants Cher and Katie, who have both complained about not hearing from the Girls Aloud singer since the show ended. Cher had previously raged: "Cheryl hasn’t been in touch at all. She is more interested in becoming famous in the States. I’ve been left high and dry. I thought we were mates.”
While Katie said: "Call me controversial, but she's doing her thing. She's an artist herself, she had her Christmas break and I don't expect anything from her."
Meanwhile Joe McElderry has said that he and Simon Cowell parted ways "on a good note."
"No one was to blame. It was kind of expected," he said. "I was only contracted for one album and it didn't work out how I'd hoped. The second single didn't work out either, which was disappointing.
He added: "We had a nice chat. I think highly of him and I'm thankful for my chance."
Joe stars in Popstar to Operatar which starts on June 5 at 8PM on ITV1