X FACTOR Joe McElderry has announced that he will be returning to Cumbria this winter.

Following his UK tour playing the lead in Bill Kenwright’s production of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and releasing his fifth studio album, the North East singer is heading back to the Carnegie Theatre, in Workington, in November.

McElderry featured at the venue in late 2016, performing an acoustic selection of Christmas songs and seasonal favourites.

He recently performed at a special tribute concert to musical director Andrew Lloyd Webber, alongside the likes of Alfie Boe, Imelda May and Beverley Knight.

Last year's album release was entitled Saturday Night at the Movies, and featured a collection of songs from films and musicals, including The Monkees' Daydream Believer, Aerosmith's I Don't Want to Miss a Thing, (Everything I Do) I Do It for You by Bryan Adams, and the title track, Saturday Night at the Movies, originally by The Drifters. The record also featured a new song, Gloria.

After wowing the X Factor audience in 2009, beating Olly Murs to become the winner of the series, he soared straight to number one both the UK and Irish Singles Charts with a rendition of Miley Cyrus’ The Climb.

McElderry also placed first in the ITV show Popstar to Operastar back in 2011, and won Channel 4 winter sports show The Jump in 2014.

Other major achievements in his career so far, include collaborations with soprano Marcella Detroit, from Shakespeares Sister, international pianist Ludovico Einaudi, and Nashville NAMMY Songwriter of the Year, Beth Nielsen Chapman, as well as opening for Adam Lambert at Pittsburgh Pride, in Pennsylvania, in 2013.

Tickets for the show at the Carnegie Theatre on Friday November 23 are available from the venue's box office.