Joelle Hadjia

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Joelle Hadjia
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Hadjia at the Australian premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction in May 2014
Background information
Birth name Joanne Hadjia[1]
Born (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 25)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts Good Question

Joelle Hadjia (born 7 November 1990 in Sydney)[3] is an Australian singer best known simply as Joelle and for competing in the fourth season of The X Factor Australia as part of the duo Good Question and in the fifth season as a solo singer.

As of July 2016, Hadjia went under the name Joey. [4]

Early life[edit]

Joelle Hadjia is from Sydney.[2][5] She was a student at the University of Western Sydney.[6]


She originally tried to kickstart her career in LA when she was 19 and was signed to a small independent label.[7] Hadjia released her first single entitled "Thought It Was You" which was produced by Sergio 'Don Dolla' Selim.[8][9] She was released from her contract with the label.[7] Following the disbandment of Good Question, Hadjia announced that she would return to her solo career.

2012–2013: The X Factor Australia[edit]

After Kristina Adesuwa discovered Hadjia on YouTube, they formed a duo called Good Question.[citation needed] The duo auditioned for the fourth season of The X Factor Australia, singing "Wild Ones" by American rapper Flo Rida and Sia Furler, where they got four yeses.[10] On the first day of super bootcamp, they performed "Back for Good" by the British pop group Take That. On 25 August 2012, Good Question performed "Get Yourself Back Home" by Gym Class Heroes on the talk show Weekend Sunrise.[11]

Hadjia auditioned for the fifth season of The X Factor Australia as a solo artist, in her home town of Sydney, singing "Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish House Mafia. She gained two out of three yeses with judge Redfoo feeling the she didn't have "The X Factor", despite this she advanced to the super bootcamp stage of the competition.[12] On the first day of super bootcamp, Hadjia sang an rendition of "I'm with You" by Avril Lavigne, advancing to the second stage of bootcamp.[12] On the second day, she sang "ET" by Katy Perry.[12] On the final day of bootcamp, Hadjia performed "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie to the judges and a live audience of one thousand, advancing to the home visits.[12] Hadjia was announced to compete in the Under 24 Girls category being mentored by Redfoo.[12] At the home visits, Hadjia sang "Read All About It, Pt. III" by Emeli Sande for Redfoo and his assistant[12] Hadjia advanced to the live shows stage.[12] At the first week of the live shows, Redfoo chose Hadjia to sing "Sweet Nothing" by Calvin Harris, and she advanced to the second week of the live shows.[13][14]

In week four of the live shows, she sang "True Love" by Pink causing judge Ronan Keating to say "Every week, every single week we're in the same situation. This isn't you, this isn't the right song" and also leaving him to question Redfoo by saying "I don't know if you guys are not working together but I'm just not getting it. It's not happening."[15] In week five of the live shows, Hadjia fell into the bottom two alongside Jiordan Tolli but was eliminated after Keating, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Dannii Minogue all chose to save Tolli.[16] Hadjia's version of "Joey" debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart at number 33,[17] but fell to number 81 the following week.[18]

Performances on The X Factor[edit]

     denotes having entered the ARIA Singles Chart.
     denotes having been in the bottom two.
     denotes having been eliminated.

2014: After The X Factor[edit]

Hadjia's debut single "Save Me" was released on 15 April 2014,[23] and debuted at number 56 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[24] In September 2014, Hadjia released a song called "So Don't" which was available for download from her website only. It was written by Hadjia and was recorded to raise awareness to suicide.[25] Hadjia's second single "Balance" was released on 19 November 2014.[26] Hadjia's third single "Wish I Never" was released on 19 May 2015. [27]


To people from the show, I might seem like some blonde chick who just went on there to be a singer but there's way more to it and how I ended up with this chance, because of everything I've been through, I'm taking every opportunity and I'm determined to make this work. The one thing I always come back to is my music. I'm really full on so music helps me express that and is a great release. I love music because I can put a sound to whatever I am feeling at a particular time.

– Joelle, on her music[28]

Hadjia's voice is described as soulful with a pop and R&B twist.[7] "I would describe it as a combination of RnB, pop and soul," Joelle told Confidential.[28] Joelle also said "I don't really have a particular genre that I put myself in which I always thought was a bad thing but now I'm discovering it is good because it is something different and fresh".[28] She cites Beyoncé, Drake, Rihanna, The Weeknd, Chris Brown, Lauryn Hill, Keri Hilson, Jessie J, John Legend, Rita Ora, Kelly Rowland, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift as her musical influences.[2][12]

Personal life[edit]

Hadjia has a tattoo on her hip that has three lines of words which read: "I will remain focused and maintain my balance, I will not allow the endless mysteries of life to discourage my potential".[7] Hadjia previously dated South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league player Sam Burgess, they split in December 2013.[1][23]



Title Year Peak chart positions

"Save Me" 2014 56 5
"Balance" 9
"Wish I Never" 2015 85 5 [30]
"I'm Done" [31] 2016
"He Said" [32]
"—" denotes a song that did not enter that chart.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions
"Joey" 2013 33


  1. ^ a b Moran, Jonathon (23 September 2013). "X Factor star Joelle Hadjia pays tribute to support of boyfriend and Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Mis Joelle "I will remain focused and maintain my balance, I will not allow the endless mysteries of life to discourage my potential" X Factor Finalist". Facebook. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Hadjia, Joelle. "Get to Know Joelle". Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "'Now I'm Joey': Former X Factor star Joelle Hadjia gets a rebrand as she announces she has been forced to change her name in bizarre video rant". Sharnaz Shahid. Daily Mail. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "The X Factor reveals the Top 12 ahead of live shows". The X Factor Australia. Yahoo!7. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "UWS student returns to X Factor". University of Western Sydney. 25 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d Vrajlal, Alicia. "X Factor's Joelle flashes hip tattoo in lingerie while slipping between the sheets for debut music video". DailyMail. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Joelle – Thought It Was You (Produced By Sergio 'Don Dolla' Selim) , Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  9. ^ Joelle – Thought It Was You (Produced By Sergio 'Don Dolla' Selim) ©2011 VOSKI MUSIC GROUP, Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  10. ^ X-Factor's Auditions 3, Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  11. ^ Sunrise : X-Factor's Good Question LIVE on Sunrise , Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h "Joelle". The X Factor Australia. Yahoo!7. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "It's time. To face. The judges' song choice.". The X Factor Australia. Yahoo!7. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "The X Factor Australia Live Shows – Adira–Belle Are Sent Home". Take 40 Australia. MCM Entertainment. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Song List: Latest and Greatest". The X Factor Australia. Yahoo!7. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "The X Factor Australia Live Decider – Joelle Is Sent Home After RedFoo's Girls Face Off!". Take 40 Australia. MCM Entertainment. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  17. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (28 September 2013). "ARIA Singles: Katy Perry Roar Spends 5th Week at No. 1". Noise11. Noise Network. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  18. ^ Ryan, Gavin (5 October 2013). "ARIA Singles: Katy Perry Equals Katy Perry With Roar". Noise11. Noise Network. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "Samantha Jade returns and Adira–Belle say goodbye". The X Factor Australia. Yahoo!7. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "The X Factor Australia – Cat Vas Is Sent Home!". Take 40 Australia. MCM Entertainment. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "Song List: Top 10 Hits". The X Factor Australia. Yahoo!7. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "Foo forced to farewell Ellie Lovegrove". The X Factor Australia. Yahoo!7. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  23. ^ a b Vrajlal, Alicia. "Is that Sam? Former X Factor contestant Joelle gets cosy with a Rabbitohs player lookalike in new music video". Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  24. ^ a b Peak chart positions for singles on the ARIA Singles Chart:
  25. ^ "Joelle – So Don't". Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  26. ^ "Joelle 'Balance' single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  27. ^ "Joelle 'Wish I Never' - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  28. ^ a b c "Joelle goes from X Factor to hot video for debut single Save Me". Sydney Confidential. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  29. ^ Peak chart positions for singles on the AIR Charts:
  30. ^ "Independent Label Singles Charts w/c 25 May 2015". 25 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  31. ^ "I'm Done (single) - by joelle". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  32. ^ "He Said (single) - by joelle". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 

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