Ambitions

Album: Wide Awake (2010)
Charted: 6
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  • This is the second single by British singer and 2009 X-Factor champion Joe McElderry from his debut album, Wide Awake.
  • The song is a cover of Norwegian pop band Donkeyboy's hit single. Their original version stayed at #1 on the Norwegian Singles Chart for a total of 13 weeks in 2009 and it also topped the charts in Sweden.
  • McElderry's record label considered changing the title to "Somebody" before settling on retaining Donkeyboy's original song name.
  • The song's music video was shot at Bulgaria's Nu Boyana Film Studios. Joe told 4Music that he came up with his own dance routine for the clip. He explained to 4Music: "The choreographer came up with the routine that the dancers were doing and I thought that this routine was too good to let pass. I wanted to be in on this one! I said to her, 'if I don't look good you can take it out but at least let us try!' And it's quite heavily featured in the video! I'm hoping it becomes one of those routines that everyone picks up and dances."
  • McElderry explained to The Mail On Sunday, "the song is about somebody doing something they've always dreamed of – which fits my whole journey."
  • Joe told Digital Spy why he chose a cover as the lead single from his debut album: "It obviously wasn't an intentional thing for the first single to be a cover, but I don't think it's a particularly bad thing. They're not known here and it's such a feel-good track - it was the first one throughout the whole recording process that made me sit up in my chair and think 'Wow'. Someone from the label played it for me to see if I'd be interested in that style of music, and as soon as I heard it I wanted to record it immediately!"
  • This peaked at #3 on the UK album chart, making McElderry the second X Factor champ to miss out on reaching #1 following Leon Jackson, whose Right Now set could only manage #4.
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