X Factor's Steve lines up gigs
Steve Brookstein is ready to rise again.
Despite being crowned the first winner of The X Factor and nabbing the Christmas No 1 in 2004, he fell from grace after being dropped by his record label eight months later, but he has now lined up a number of gigs, including an intimate performance at a Cornish village pub.
"I haven't been to Cornwall for years so I'm looking forward to it - I used to go to Hayle on holiday as a kid," he told the Sun.
Steve insisted he has been enjoying life out of the spotlight.
"I've played in huge arenas and tiny jazz clubs. I've always had the ups and downs of the music industry. What I like now is I can sit in a coffee shop with my wife and little boy without being recognised or hounded," he added.
Steve will play at the Caradon Inn on February 26 and 27, before performing at the City Pavilion in Essex. He also plays four dates with 80s disco act Shalamar and English soul singer Kenny Thomas in Essex, York, Swindon and Oxford.