5' 4" (1.63 m)
Joe is from South Shields in North East England. He is a keen runner and has participated in the Great North Run 3 times along with the Sport Relief Mile. He is highly involved in many charities including Variety UK, The Hunger Project and The Teenage Cancer Trust. Due to this, he is the youngest ever recipient of Variety's "Silver Heart" Award. Despite spending much of his time traveling the country or in London, he still often returns to South Shields and owns a house in the town. Joe is an accomplished songwriter and has worked with many highly respected artists such as Marcella Detroit and Ludovico Eunialdi.
A fan of Elton John, McElderry had been due to see John live at Hyde Park in July 2013, but John cancelled the concert due to illness.