X Factor Joe McElderry looks totally different 13 years on in jaw-dropping snaps

X Factor champ Joe McElderry looks totally different from his days on the hit ITV show back in 2009.

The Geordie singer is best known for his rise to fame as Dannii Minogue's contestant for the fourth series of the show, pipping Stacey Solomon and Olly Murs to the X Factor crown.

Joe is now 30 and has totally revamped his image, although is still rocking the same leather jacket look of his ITV heyday.

One of the star's latest Instagram snaps shows him looking very dapper in a pink patterned jacket, paired with a black top and matching black sparkling jeans.

Striking a series of poses, Joe looked a far cry from his time on X Factor 13 years ago as fans rushed to shower him in compliments.

Joe sparked a frenzy with his appearance earlier this year as he appeared on Steph's Packed Lunch on Channel 4 to chat with Steph McGovern.

Joe opted for a grey shirt worn open at the collar under his trademark leather jacket, baring a triangle of hunky flesh for the camera.

He wore his brunette hair slicked back with gel for his chat show appearance, and was full of smiles as he splurged some X Factor secrets for eager fans.

And there might be a reason behind his incredible transformation – as his 2022 tour is based on the music of one of his idols, George Michael.

The star definitely had the look of the Wham! singer with a hint of designer stubble and his hair eased into gentle waves.

His Freedom tour sees Joe head off around the country with a string of George Michael’s hits – after duetting with him during his X Factor stint back in the day.

The pair belted out Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me together, blowing the crowd away and catapulting Joe to the win.

Fans of Steph’s Packed Lunch were loving Joe’s appearance, as one tweeted: "Wow Joe McElderry still has an amazing voice!"

"Joe McElderry amazing voice and great to honour #GeorgeMichael!" someone else said.

As another couldn’t help telling Steph: "I am enjoying watching your show and watching Joe McElderry!"

The star has been praised for his body transformations in the past – after being fat shamed after an appearance on Lorraine back in 2015, where he reportedly showed off a "fuller frame".

He was left furious at the impact cruel comments could have on younger generations, telling the Mirror at the time: "It comes with the job and I reacted to it when it happened in a funny way.

"It was a bad angled photo and I would go as far to say it was an edited photo as well, but that's a whole other story.

"I reacted to it in a funny way by posting a topless picture from the gym and made a joke out of it, but I also wanted to send out a message to kids and teenagers that of course your body changes when you get older, of course you change shape, of course your shoulders get broader, of course your arms are bigger."

And Joe is obviously loving his body – especially after donning nothing but a loincloth to appear in a UK musical tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in 2017.

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