The X Factor winner shared an adorable throwback with his fans to mark his special day.

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Celebrating a landmark birthday like your 30th calls for celebration and reflection – and that's precisely what X Factor star Joe McElderry is doing as he leaves his twenties behind him.

The Geordie singer took to Instagram this morning to share a cute snap of himself as a child as he marked turning 30 on social media.

Pictured with lighter hair and cuddling a Mickey Mouse teddy, the now 30-year-old Joe captioned the shot of his younger self: "This little kid is 30 today!! What a ride it’s been so far!! Here’s to the 30’s."

Former Hear'say singer Suzanne Shaw, who appeared in panto with the birthday boy in 2018, was one of the many to flood his comments with well wishes.

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"In your 30’s you need to get adventurous!!!," she wrote.

"Time to push the boundaries and reach new limits!!!"

The former Emmerdale actress also paid tribute to the talent show winner on his special day with a collage of photographs of the pair posted on her Instagram story.

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Joe rose to fame in 2009 when he competed on the sixth series of the ITV talent show The X Factor.

Mentored by fellow Geordie Cheryl, the young hopeful impressed judges and the public as he made his way through the live shows and eventually went on the win the competition, beating runner-up Olly Murs.

His winners' single, a cover of the Miley Cyrus hit The Climb, was released at midnight on December 14 2009 but failed to claim the coveted Christmas Number One spot after an online protest.

Joe appeared on the 2009 series, alongside Olly Murs, and Stacey Solomon.
(Image: ITV)

Following a Facebook-based campaign against The X Factor's dominance of the festive top spot, many downloaded or bought Rage Against the Machine's Killing in the Name in protest against the hit ITV show.

Their plan worked and Joe became the first in the series's history now to have a number one winning single top the charts at Christmas as he came second with 450,000 single sales compared to Rage Against the Machine's 502,000.

At the time, music mogul and show creator Simon Cowell said he was "gutted for Joe because a number one single meant a lot to him".

While he may not have gone on to win the Christmas No.1, he did go on to claim victory in another talent show three years later.

The talent show winner is ready to bring out new music as he celebrates turning 30.

Appearing on the second series of Popstar To Operastar, the 30-year-old beat the likes of Steps star Claire Richards and Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton to take home the crown on the ITV reality show.

It was later revealed that Joe was so popular throughout his time on the competition hosted by Myleene Klass that he actually received more votes than all the other contestants combined.

These days, after spending years appearing on the West End and in theatre productions, the singer is focused on releasing new music.

Speaking to The Mirror earlier this year, he said: "Going into my 30th year and thinking about my career, I thought I want to make an album of music which is just what I want to put out there."