Getting into the Christmas spirit with Joe McElderry
I have had a lovely week, which began with Joe McElderry coming in to sing a couple of tracks from his new Classic Christmas album. It really got us in the Christmas mood!
Joe Mac has become a firm favourite with us at QVC because he is just such a nice person. He does have a problem with drink, though, as he was knocking it back as early as 8am. Diet Coke, that is!! I suppose he’s too young for a cappuccino! He is genuinely delighted and a little amazed at the amount his ‘private performance’ prize for Breast Cancer Care raised in the auction. I hope we can get a film crew out for that when it happens.
I would highly recommend the album, too, with its great classics like White Christmas, O Holy Night with Rolando Villazon, Last Christmas, and Driving Home for Christmas, which gets the Big Band treatment. He’s got a lovely voice and the album will be our background music as we put up the tree at Greenwood Towers this year.
Over the decades I have interviewed a fair few stars – from Elton John to Margaret Thatcher, to Tom Hanks to Fanny Craddock!! Too many to remember, in fact, and whilst they all manage a wonderful on-air persona, not all of them are the same sweet people off screen.
However, with Joe McElderry, what you see is what you get. I know he’s only young, but with the support around him from his lovely down-to-earth family I am confident that he’s not going to change.
What a year he’s had, too, with his triumph on Operastar and with his Classic album going double gold and possibly platinum by Christmas. Not bad for a twenty-year-old, eh?
No matter how much you beg me I’m not going to say anything about my experience with Fanny Craddock on Breakfast Time. I definitely didn’t cry! In any case, Frank Bough delivered the definitive line many years ago on Nationwide. Following a cookery item on baking, he ad-libbed, straight-faced,
“And may all your doughnuts turn out like Fanny’s.”
Thank Heavens for the apostrophe.