Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Imelda Cecelia Ewen Burke is a British R&B and pop recording artist who rose to fame after winning the fifth series of British television series The X Factor in 2008. Burke is currently signed to Epic Records, Syco Records and RCA Records. As the winner of The X Factor, Burke released her debut single, "Hallelujah", that became the current European record holder for single sales over a period of 24 hours, selling 105,000 copies in one day.
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Without Further Ado, Here Is Every Cover Of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' We Could Find
Huffington Post - 4 months
We know there is a secret chord that every musician in the whole wide world has played, and it pleases us all. Or rather, chords. More specifically, the chords that make up “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, whose death was announced via Facebook on Thursday. And actually, some renditions might please us more than others.  More famous than the original is Jeff Buckley’s version, an emotional take whose quiet intensity most artists find themselves trying to imitate. It’s perhaps most closely followed by Rufus Wainwright’s version, which appeared on the soundtrack to millennial favorite “Shrek.” K.D. Lang has covered the song, as has Neil Diamond, Bon Jovi, several contenders on “The Voice,” more than a few (very impressive) a cappella groups and dozens of other instrumentalists and vocalists alike. Below we’ve compiled a Spotify playlist with 141 versions of the song after Cohen’s original. That’s 10-and-a-half hours of “Hallelujah,” plus a few YouTube videos for good measure. Enjoy ...
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Photos: Alexandra Burke Poses Nude For PETA
ABC News - over 3 years
Celebs Pose Nude For PETA     
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Dwight Brown: The Apollo Spring Gala Honors Chaka Kahn
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Monday night, June 10, Chaka Kahn, the legendary lady of funk and soul, was inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame in celebration of her 40th anniversary in the music business. Kahn follows in the footsteps of Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and other world-renown musicians who have graced the stage of the 79 year-old theater and been inducted into its Hall of Fame. The ceremony is the crown jewel of a gala fundraising effort that benefits the theater's education initiatives and community programs. The evening started with two less publicized awards, the Corporate Award and The Percy E. Sutton Leadership Award; the Sutton accolade was given to Lisa Price, who started Carols Daughter, a multimillion-dollar beauty business, with $100 and a homemade lotion recipe in her Brooklyn kitchen. However, the evening didn't find its footing until the host Wayne Brady took center stage and the honoree, Chaka Kahn, found her seat in a balcony. She sat regally ...
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Alexandra Burke shows off washboard abs in crop top...after performing on stage with Blue
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 4 years
Alexandra Burke proved she's as body-confident as ever as she flashed her legs AND abs in her latest get up.
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She'll be warm All Night Long: Alexandra Burke wraps up against the cold snap as she heads for dinner with mystery man
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
The singer looked chic in London on Monday night.
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Alexandra Burke Rivals Rihanna For Amount Of Bikinis Taken On One Holiday (PICS)
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
Another day, another bikini. Crikey, that Alexandra Burke is fast becoming the next Rihanna. The 'X Factor' winner has been sunning herself on the shores of Miami, giving her the prime opportunity to show off her extensive swimsuit collection. More...
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'It's hit me... I am really happy': Alexandra Burke shows off her new-found joy frolicking in the sea
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
She has been soaking up the sun in Miami and pop princess Alexandra Burke is obviously feeling the holiday buzz.
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Remembrance Day services to take place across UK
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Thousands of veterans will march through Whitehall to the Cenotaph to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday Remembrance Sunday events will be held across the country in tribute to members of Britain and the Commonwealth's Armed Forces who have died during conflicts. The Queen will attend a service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, where she will lay a wreath in memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. She will be joined by a host of senior royals, Prime minister David Cameron and leaders of opposition parties for the service, a focal point of the nation's Remembrance Sunday ceremonies. The first stroke of Big Ben at 11am and the firing of a gun from Horse Guards Parade by The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery will mark the start of two minutes' silence, which will be followed by The Last Post, sounded by the Buglers of the Royal Marines. The Queen will then lay the first wreath, followed by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke of York, the Earl ...
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Holidays in the Caribbean: Alexandra Burke is bowled over by St Vincent's
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
The X Factor star visits the new Buccament Bay Resort where she gets to meet the local wildlife, makes friends with the West Indies cricket team and goes in search of Mick Jagger.
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Alexandra Burke ends her three-night-long birthday celebrations with a starstudded London bash - helped by One Direction
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
When you're a celebrity, you get to celebrate your birthday over and over and over. For Alexandra Burke that means a marathon three-night bash that ended on Saturday with a star-studded London party.
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Alexandra Burke leaves her leopard print bra on display taking to the stage in sheer dress at Key 103 concert in Manchester
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
She's known for her feisty personality but it appears Alexandra Burke wanted to show off her wild side on stage last night. The bubbly 23-year-old singer took the to stage at the Key 103 concert in a long black maxi dress with cut out panels - but her leopard print bra was left on show.
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Alexandra Burke tries out Rihanna's extreme ombre hair trend
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Her dark roots and slightly orange blonde combination is more miss than hit.
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Checking In: Alexandra Burke
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
In the latest of our occasional series on the travel habits of celebrities, singer Alexandra Burke shares tips on avoiding jet lag, her penchant for bikinis and why guinea pig was absolutely not on the menu in Peru.
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Alexandra Burke hits the beach in Mexico in a VERY daring strapless monokini
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
The 23-year-old singer appeared in great spirits, laughing and joking with friends as she alternated her sunbathing with dips in the cool sea.
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Alexandra Burke tweets a bikini shot as she fails to put her heartbreak on hold in Mexico
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
On Sunday she took to the stage at T4 on the Beach after holidaying in Miami with family and friends.
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Tulisa and Dappy in ANOTHER war of words on Twitter after N-Dubz star slams X Factor in new single
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Tulisa asked fans not to involve her in Dappy's 'new hype' after he slammed Simon Cowell, Joe McElderry and Alexandra Burke in his new track.
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Frost Magazine - over 4 years
Greenpeace to plant a million names on seabed beneath the pole Stars from the worlds of music, film, TV and business are today launching a campaign to save the Arctic. Sir Paul McCartney, Penelope Cruz, Robert Redford, One Direction, Alexandra Burke, Jarvis Cocker and Sir Richard Branson are among dozens of famous names who are … Continue reading »
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Alexandra Burke on the phone call that set her on the road to stardom...
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Alexandra, 23, has poured her frustrations — personal and professional — into a new album Heartbreak On Hold that suggests her unhappy experiences have at least had some artistic benefit.
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Superstars Steve Hutson and Alexandra Burke on Colourful Radio - Press Release
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
Superstars founder Steve Hutson was joined by singer and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke on Colourful Radio's Life with Juicy Jaxx.London, UK (PRWEB UK) 25 May 2012 Superstars founder Steve Hutson was joined by singer and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke on Colourful Radio's Life with Juicy Jaxx.Over ten weeks, Steve is appearing on Jaxx's show to talk about some of the most important issues facing job hunters and offer his advice and experience to listeners who can call, text or email with their careers questions. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alexandra Burke
  • 2016
    Age 27
    Burke was contracted to The Bodyguard musical until the end of June 2016, with her final UK performance in the production taking place in Eastbourne at the Congress Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details The production and cast briefly transferred to an international stage in Monaco, playing four nights at the Grimaldi Forum, with Burkes final ever Bodyguard performance after two years leading the production taking place on the 26th June
    Burke commenced a year long residency in the show, making her debut on the 30th July 2016 at the Curve Theatre Leicester.
    More Details Hide Details Burke's music is contemporary R&B, however her music has a feature of soul and pop in her some of her songs. Burke's vocal range has been compared to Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston and Beyoncé. Since winning The X Factor and signing a record deal with Syco Music and recording her debut album Overcome, Burke has been heavily involved in what type of music she records and releases. She said about being involved with the album's music: "I said to my manager I want my music to be fun, to be uplifting and to be bold. I want it to reflect my personality. I want it to be in your face, I want it to be a beast. I want it to be energetic and fun. When I record the ballads I want to cry. And if I go through a roller coaster recording this album then I want the listener to go through a roller coaster when they hear it." During her first studio album, the genre ranged from heavy R&B songs to dance-pop tracks, after she collaborated with dance production team RedOne, as well as working with Stargate and Ne-Yo. Burke labelled her first album as "very Americanised".
    It was announced on 8 January 2016, Burke would be taking over the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier in an all new UK tour production of Sister Act The Musical.
    More Details Hide Details Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood.
  • 2015
    Age 26
    An original cast recording featuring Burke was released in June 2015 to accompany the nationwide tour.
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  • 2014
    Age 25
    Shortly after the production closed it was announced in October 2014 Burke would again reprise her role as Rachel Marron in the nationwide tour, kicking off her year and a half residency in the show on 12 February 2015 at the Southampton Mayflower Theatre.
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    In early 2014 prior to Burke joining the West End cast, it was announced the production would commence a nationwide tour of the UK and Ireland in February 2015 with a yet to be confirmed casting.
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    Later in the year Burke was nominated for 'Best West End Debut' at the West End Frame Awards 2014.
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    Burke played the role for a relatively short period until the production closed at the Adelphi Theatre on 29 August 2014.
    More Details Hide Details The Bodyguard was one of London's most successful and popular shows at the time, however the production was forced to close as it had reached the end of its contract with the theatre, with a new production already booked to take residency.
    Burke was approached to play the role two years prior to her 2014 debut, but due to scheduling commitments was forced to turn down the opportunity.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later Alexandra was again invited to audition for the role and was subsequently offered the part.
    Burke made her West End debut as a leading cast member in the £5 million production of The Bodyguard Musical on 2 June 2014, at London's Adelphi Theatre, taking over the lead role from Beverley Knight.
    More Details Hide Details Based on the hit 1990's movie of the same name and made famous by Whitney Houston, Burke played Rachel Marron – a superstar receiving threats from a love stricken obsessed fan, who falls in love with the new bodyguard hired to protect her.
  • 2013
    Age 24
    Burke made her U.S. performance debut at Apollo Theater on 10 June 2013 as part of the line-up for The Apollo Theater Legends Hall of Fame 2013, honouring the induction of Chaka Khan.
    More Details Hide Details Burke shared the stage with other artists including Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, and Jennifer Holliday. On 30 August, Burke released her second EP, #NewRules. The EP contains 5 tracks, including a cover of Coldplay's "Fix You". On 20 November, Burke revealed that the lead single from her upcoming third record had been decided and a video was to be shot in the coming weeks. She previewed two new songs on her Facebook page on Christmas. On 5 January 2015, Burke announced that she would be releasing an EP in March called Renegade. She said "This EP is extremely close to my heart. It marks what is set to be a new chapter for me both personally and artistically. I have worked extremely hard on this, there has been laughter, tears and sweat. Renegade touches upon themes and experiences that I have never spoken out about before. Since the last album, a lot has changed in my life, but most importantly I have changed. I’m in a great place, healthier and stronger than ever. I feel as an artist its important for one’s music to grow with them. I’m now twenty-six and having taken time out of the musical ring, I now have the gloves firmly back on."
    In June 2013, Burke parted ways with her record label, RCA, over "differing views" between herself and the label regarding her third studio album.
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    In May 2013, it was reported that Burke signed a deal with a US management company after impressing former Def Jam president Kevin Liles during a meeting with him in New York.
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    On 25 March 2013, it was announced that Burke would perform a concert version of Lady Sings the Blues at the Royal Albert Hall between 4 and 8 June in the venue's Elgar Room but the shows were postponed.
    More Details Hide Details The concerts sold out in under a week.
    On 10 February 2013, it was revealed that Burke was recording two new songs a night for her third album and aimed to have around 60 in total to choose from.
    More Details Hide Details She also revealed that she was recording the album in the United States and at her home studio; "I've actually built a studio in my house, downstairs, I'm literally in it every day, recording, I'm flying to the states a lot, I've been in Los Angeles and New York a lot, and if the producers can't fly to me, I fly to them." On 13 February, she explained that her third album would focus on live instruments and would channel Soul music. On the same day, she revealed that she was taking acting classes and had hopes to purse a career in films, musicals, theater.
  • 2012
    Age 23
    In December 2012, Burke released her first holiday extended play, Christmas Gift, which consisted a cover of "Silent Night" and a new track titled "Christmas Time".
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    Again in October 2012, Burke revealed that she was working on a follow-up album to Heartbreak on Hold, which would be released in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details On 3 November, she performed "All The Lights" at MAMA Awards with Zico, leader of the k-pop group Block B, as part of a special stage from H-Artistry in Malaysia. Burke said she wanted to go back to her original sound which was featured on her debut album, Overcome. She told fans to expect "R&B bangers" on her third album. Simon Cowell asked Burke to record a version of "Live and Let Die" in order to use throughout the live shows of The X Factor USA, when the judges are announced and walk out.
    In September 2012, it was revealed that Burke would take part in Les Misérables for Children in Need.
    More Details Hide Details Burke later announced that she was working on an album for a US release.
    In June 2012, Burke parted company with her management company.
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    In February 2012, it was reported that Burke had left the Syco label to join RCA Records.
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    On 18 April 2012, she was confirmed for T4 On The Beach 2012.
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    She announced in mid-April 2012 that her second studio album's title would be Heartbreak on Hold which was released on 4 June 2012.
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    Burke's lead single from the album titled "Elephant", which is produced by Erick Morillo, was released on 11 March 2012.
    More Details Hide Details It debuted and peaked at number-three on the UK Singles Chart. The second single from the album, "Let it Go", premièred on Kiss Radio on 13 April 2012.
    Rock bottom for Alexandra was her split for Jermain Defoe in 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 22
    In October 2011, Burke joined Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos on the judging panel as a guest judge during the fourth week of the live shows of series 8 when Kelly Rowland had a throat infection.
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  • 2010
    Age 21
    It has been since confirmed that Burke's next single will be a completely new song, "Start Without You", which is set to be released on 5 September 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The video for "Start Without You" debuted on 19 August through VEVO on later premiered on The BOX. The song was performed at T4 On The Beach on 4 July 2010, and later released internationally. Additionally, Burke was announced as the first ever brand ambassador for Sure Women, for which she starred in a television advert. Burke gained her fifth consecutive top ten hit, and her third number one single, after "Start Without You" stormed to the top of the charts, beating Katy Perry to the top spot. The re-packaged edition of Overcome is to be released of 29 November 2010. Music Week reports that the deluxe makeover includes three brand new tracks; "Perfect", "Before the Rain" and "What Happens On the Dancefloor" featuring Cobra Starship; as well as three number one and two Top 10 singles (including "Start Without You"). A DVD accompanies the release featuring seven videos, including an exclusive promo for the track "The Silence". The magazine also confirmed that Burke will promote the record with a performance on The X Factor. A new track on the album was said to be a duet with "an amazing group", the group was later announced as Cobra Starship. On 25 October, Burke announced via her Twitter that a new version of "The Silence" will be the album's fifth commercial single being released in early December. The official music video for "The Silence" was released on 27 October 2010, via MSN Videos UK.
    On 29 April 2010, Burke entered FHM's poll for the world's top 100 sexiest women 2010 at number 75.
    More Details Hide Details This is her first appearance on the poll since she rose to fame in 2008.
    On 12 March 2010, Burke confirmed on Twitter that "All Night Long" will be her new single, featuring Pitbull.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared on Dancing on Ice during the semi-final to perform All Night Long.
    On 18 January 2010, Burke began her European Promo Tour in Brussels, Belgium.
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  • 2009
    Age 20
    She also confirmed via her Official Twitter page that the video was shot in Los Angeles on 22 and 23 November 2009.
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    It was confirmed by Burke on 17 November 2009, that "Broken Heels" would be the second commercial single, (third overall), from Overcome.
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    Burke performed on the Royal Variety Show on 7 December 2009.
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    On 19 July 2009, Burke confirmed that she had signed a six figure contract with Italian fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana, to become the face of a new fashion line.
    More Details Hide Details She will also model their clothes and accessories in her music videos.
    Burke's first album was originally scheduled for March 2009, however, Simon Cowell confirmed that her album was scheduled for release later in the year to allow Burke to polish her skills and find the right songs for the album, so that it would not be rushed.
    More Details Hide Details The album was released on 19 October 2009 in the UK, titled Overcome. Burke's first commercial single from her debut album is titled "Bad Boys", which features Flo Rida. The single premiered in the UK on The Chris Moyles Show on BBC Radio 1 on 25 August 2009. On 18 October 2009, Bad Boys topped the UK Singles Chart. After visiting Burke in the studio, Beyoncé spoke of possibly recording a duet with her and also asked for Burke to join her for Beyoncé's second European leg of her I Am… Tour. Bad Boys was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry on 7 January 2010.
    On 13 February 2009 it was reported that Burke signed a £3.5 million, five-album US record deal with Epic Records.
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    In 2009, Burke released her debut album, Overcome, which debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and spawned four number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Chart—"Hallelujah", "Bad Boys", selling over 780,000 copies in the UK and becoming a Platinum selling single, "All Night Long" and "Start Without You"—and the album became one of the most successful albums of that year in the UK, the singles released from the album earned her three BRIT Award nominations.
    More Details Hide Details The album also saw the release of UK top 10 hit, "Broken Heels" and "The Silence". In late 2010, Burke released a deluxe version of Overcome. Overcome and the six singles released from the album have sold over four million record in the UK alone. "Elephant" was released as Burke's comeback single in February 2012, which became a hit single, with a peak position of number three in the UK. "Let It Go" served as the second single and Burke's second album, Heartbreak on Hold, was released in June 2012. In June 2014, Burke replaced Beverley Knight in the lead role of Rachel Marron in the West End musical The Bodyguard, at the Adelphi Theatre until its closure on 29 August 2014. On 17 October 2014 it was announced Alexandra would again star as Rachel Marron in the UK and Ireland nationwide tour of The Bodyguard musical. The tour commenced on 12 February 2015 in Southampton, and concluded in Monaco on June 26th 2016. This made Burke the only actress to perform in both the West End and nationwide versions of the production, and spanning 24 months, the longest leading cast member to play Rachel Marron.
  • 2008
    Age 19
    On 2 November 2008 it debuted atop of the UK Singles Chart, staying there for three consecutive weeks and becoming the fastest selling single of 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The song sold 100,000 copies in the first day of its release and 313,244 copies by the end of the week. It has sold over 770,000 copies and raised over one million pounds for Help For Heroes foundation. Many shops had to order urgent copies of the single due to high demand." It was listed as the second biggest single of 2008 and the nineteenth best selling single of the decade. The single sold 1.2 million copies within the UK getting certificated double platinum. Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, many celebrities, including Burke, wanted to help the suffering people of the country. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown asked Simon Cowell to arrange a charity single for the money to be donated to the country. It was confirmed that Cowell had asked Burke to sing on the charity single due to her big voice and fanbase. It was revealed that the song would be a cover of R.E.M's "Everybody Hurts", which Cowell choose the song himself as he thought the song's title was most relevant. Brown agreed to waive VAT on the single and R.E.M. agreed to waive all royalties. The celebrities would form a Super group and release the song under the name of "Helping Haiti". Proceeds from the single were split between The Sun Helping Haiti fund and the Disasters Emergency Committee. The song was premiered on radio stations nationally on 2 February 2010.
    Burke's second bid to win The X Factor came in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Falling into the "Girls" category, she was mentored by Girls Aloud's Cheryl Cole who selected her for the finals—a series of ten weekly live shows in which contestants are progressively eliminated by public vote. On the first live show, Burke performed Whitney Houston's classic "I Wanna Dance with Somebody". For the second live show she covered "I'll Be There" by The Jackson 5. In week three, big band week, Burke performed Christina Aguilera's "Candyman" and received her first standing ovation. For the disco-themed fourth live show, Burke performed Donna Summer's "On the Radio". During Mariah Carey week on 8 November, Burke and the other finalists met Carey for individual masterclasses, with Carey complimenting Burke on her voice. Burke performed "Without You" and received a standing ovation from the judges who all gave her positive comments. In weeks 6 and 7, Burke received positive comments from the judging panel for her performances of "You are so Beautiful" and Dan Hartman's "Relight My Fire" (the popularity of which in the UK is mostly a result of Take That's 1993 revival thereof). Week 8 saw her replace Diana Vickers as the bookies' favourite after performing Britney Spears' "Toxic" and Beyoncé' "Listen", for which she received yet another standing ovation. In week 9, Burke performed Rihanna's hit song "Don't Stop the Music".
  • 2005
    Age 16
    Burke auditioned for the second series of The X Factor in 2005 (which was eventually won by Shayne Ward).
    More Details Hide Details She made it through to the final seven in Louis Walsh's 16–24 category, effectively the top 21 of the competition; however, Walsh did not choose her for his final four as he felt that she was too young for the competition. Burke however did not give up and went on to seek professional singing lessons over the next three years, proving her dedication and commitment to becoming a popstar.
  • 1992
    Age 3
    Burke's parents broke up in 1992, while she was still young, but the pair remain close friends for their children.
    More Details Hide Details Burke began dance classes at a very early age, and began singing when she was as young as five years old. She went on to sing on stage at the Bahrain when she was only nine years old, where she sang with her mother, who was still in band Soul II Soul. When she was aged twelve, Burke entered the television talent show, Star for a Night she became the youngest person in the competition. Throughout the competition, she was the runner-up after she was beaten for the winners title by Joss Stone. Still at the age of twelve, her mother put her in contact with Stevie Wonder who rang Burke and she sang down the phone to him. Her mother, Bell, also asked her to sing to Jean Carne who was said to be very impressed by Burke's vocals that she asked her to perform with her at one of her shows the next night. Burke attended Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington, Angel where she worked for her GCSEs, once she achieved her GCSEs Burke left school to pursue a career in the music industry. Before Burke was successful on The X Factor she had been working as a singer, gigging at weekends in popular night clubs. She also went on tour with "Young Voices", a charity that raises money for children with leukemia, where she performed at large venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.
  • 1988
    Alexandria Burke was born in Islington, London, England on 25 August 1988, and is the daughter of Melissa Bell.
    More Details Hide Details Her mother was a soul and R&B singer, and was a member of band Soul II Soul, who enjoyed success with several number-one singles and albums. She is of Dougla, Jamaican, and Irish descent. Although her mother was in a band, she was under investigation of suspicion benefit fraud. Her mother said that she had not done a professional gig for years, and had never claimed benefits when she had. Burke has three other siblings, Sheneice, David, and Aaron. Burke attracted the names Cecelia Ewen as they are also her mothers middle names, her sister, Sheneice also shares these names. Burke said that she had to grow up very fast, at a very young age as her mother was always touring with her band and that she had to look after her young brother, which included taking him and picking him up from school.
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