POPSTAR Shayne Ward shot to fame 10 years ago after being crowned the second winner of The X Factor.
Since stepping off that famous stage in 2005, the singer has gone on to sell over three million albums, achieve 14 platinum discs and clock up number one albums in nine countries – and yesterday he came to Leeds to meet his loyal fans.
The Manchester-born star was welcomed by a queue of fans at HMV Leeds yesterday as he came to town to promote his latest album – Closer.
Speaking to the YEP, he said: “The fans have been very loyal and patient with me, as they’ve been waiting for an album for as long as I have, but I’ve been doing other things.”
The record is Shayne’s first album in four years and was officially released in the UK on Sunday. Since his last album called Obsession in 2010, Shayne has performed as the Artilleryman in Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds Arena Tour, played shows around the UK, been on Dancing on Ice and starred in West End musical Rock of Ages.
He added: “I have been completely blessed to be able to experience things like performing in the West End.
“A lot of my career I have spent in Malaysia, Japan and Vietnam – the fans are amazing over there!”
Speaking about the biggest moment in his career, he said: “The X factor show is definitely up there.”
He added: “I want to thank all my fans who have supported me all the way from when I first stepped into that X Factor audition room.”
Shayne recently hit the headlines after announcing he auditioned for a role in Coronation Street but told the YEP he is yet to hear back from them.
“I would love it – it is an iconic show,” he said.
Shayne co-wrote his new album with legendary writer and producer Mike Stock – part of 80’s pop production team Stock, Aitken and Waterman.
Over the year Mike has worked with pop royalty, including pint-sized singer Kylie.
Mike said: “As a producer all I ever want is to work with great singers. I can’t think of a better male vocalist to emerge from the UK in the 21st century than Shayne, so it’s a privilege.”