I think that you can’t regret things – everything happens for a reason. to always know your roots, be humble and be kind to people – to try to always be a good person and do your best.
"Being recognised means you have to be really careful. At the minute, the last thing on my mind is a girlfriend. If people try and tempt me into getting drunk I'll get a Diet Coke and pretend it's got vodka in it." He added about his mentor: "Cheryl is a stunning-looking woman but, as I got closer to her, she became a friend." If the student, who has been dubbed the new Cliff Richard, does make the top of the charts, it will be the fifth X Factor Christmas Number One.
"I need to concentrate on things and maybe think about that when the album's out and I've got a bit of chill time. Cowell has called the Facebook campaign to get Rage Against the Machine to the top of the chart "cynical".
Everyone's obviously battling for the top spot, so I'd just say good luck to them.
"That's like a dream come true, if I could get a Christmas number one.
"I would just like to be a well-known artist, that's what I would like to hope for, and have a successful singing career." His debut single, The Climb, is favourite for the Christmas number one but is threatened by an internet campaign urging people to spoil Simon Cowell' Christmas by sending Killing In The Name by Rage Against The Machine to the top of the chart.
A diplomatic Mc Elderry said: "I haven't heard the song yet, but I just think it's healthy competition.
"I've got a new album out and I don't need that advert to tell me whether I'm doing well or not," Joe said.
"If people want to follow my career they can see what I'm doing without that advert." He added: "I didn't expect to be in it - I'm signed to Universal and everyone in it is signed to Sony.
Asked about his relationship with Simon, Joe said: "I wouldn't say he was a friend, he never was my friend. If I met him at a party, we'd have a nice chat." Aww! Joe - who is now signed to Universal after impressing bosses with his performance on , which featured many of the show's former stars.
"We were in a business together and that's the way it worked," he added. But the 21-year-old insisted he was not bothered about being cut out of the show's history.
He was helped by George Michael, who duetted with him on Saturday night.