Former X Factor winner gives Little Mix advice

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (4 votes, average: 4.75 out of 5)
joe mc

Former X Factor winner Joe McElderry has written an open letter to Little Mix with regards to how they approach the rest of their career.

McElderry’s career hasn’t quite gone as planned since winning the show in 2009 and he wants to make sure that 2011 winners Little Mix make the most of their success.

In an open letter to the first ever group to win the show, McElderry said: “Remember this: You’re not megastars yet. You’ve got a long way to go and a lot to prove before you can consider yourself a success.”

“The coming year is crucial – work hard, avoid becoming complacent and be professional.”

“Everyone wants to know about your personal life, your relationships, your Facebook status.”

“It is quite weird. I couldn’t get my head around the questions about my family.”

“Why did they want to know? Now I’m used to it, but back then being asked if I had a girlfriend or who was my first girlfriend seemed strange.”

“If people write horrible things about you on online forums and Twitter – as has happened to me – try to ignore their negative comments.”

“I got upset, but then I realised it’s pointless dwelling on them.When you get negative press just brush it off.”

Referring specifically to how to deal with Simon Cowell, Joe continued: “You are in control of your own destiny. I know people think Simon Cowell is in control, and yes, sometimes you have to follow what the record company says, but Simon likes people who can stand up to him, who say, ‘I don’t want this’, or, ‘I like that song’.”

“Like any job, there are going to be disagreements.”

“You’ve got to be comfortable with everything you do because you’re the one who has to sell the product.”

“If you are not comfortable and it means having a bit of a row so long as it’s constructive and not a tantrum I think it’s fair enough.”

“It’s important to remember you are the artist, you have to keep creative control. Trust your own decisions.”

Alice Langley
Alice is the editor of If you have any questions, queries or suggestions she can be contacted on

Got something to say? Go for it!