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If you're going to be a singlespeed fahrrad kaufen berlin pop star, you might as well start off on the right note.

And soaking up some winter sunshine with a celebrity friend appears to be a good place for Alexandra Burke to start.

The 20-year-old X Factor winner was seen sipping drinks and relaxing on the beach in Mauritius, with her singlespeed fahrrad kaufen berlin friend and former opponent, Ruth Lorenzo.

Alexandra Burke and Ruth Lorenzo on holiday in Mauritius.

Drinking it in: Alexandra Burke and Ruth Lorenzo sip cocktails in the beach in Mauritius

With their skimpy bikinis and oversized sunglasses, the women look every inch celebrities. And indeed, the two are well on their way.

After winning the ITV talent show and a £1million recording deal, Miss Burke's cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, became the Christmas No 1 - making her the first British female solo artist to sell a million copies of a single. 

Meanwhile, Miss Lorenzo, 25, who came fifth in the reality show, is almost as well known to fans.

Although they make it look as if they were born for a life of privilege by the Indian Ocean, the singers would be well advised to savour every moment.

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Here come the girls: The new best friends jetted off for a sun holiday after growing close during X Factor

Soon they will have to face up to the reality of daily performances as they begin their X Factor Live tour.

If it all gets too much, at least they will both have someone who understands the pressures of the job to come home to, as the women are now sharing a riverside penthouse flat in London.

There, the floor-to-ceiling windows, and their giant plasma-screen TV are sure to remind the pair that there is the odd perk to being famous.

During their holiday, the pair haven't just been lying around and drinking cocktails - they also were spotted enjoying some beach exercise as they took a pedalo out into the Indian Ocean.

Enlarge   Alexandra Burke and Ruth Lorenzo on holiday in Mauritius.

Down time: The girls shows off their bikini bodies as they lie in the surf

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Cheers to us! The pair enjoy a cool drink and some male attention

The girls, who formed a close friendship during the show, have been relaxing after a whirlwind promotional schedule for her hit single Hallelujah saw Alexandra work throughout Christmas.

The 20-year-old, whose cover of the Leonard Cohen single was the Christmas No.1, becoming the fastest-selling single of 2008, looked relaxed as they enjoyed their pedalo ride with a male friend.

The break will also provide some stress-relief for Alexandra following health problems that plagued her mother, Melissa Bell, during the filming of X Factor.

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Lean on me: Alex gives her pal a piggyback ride

Ms Bell, who suffers from diabetes, was undergoing gruelling kidney dialysis during the final shows, leaving the Hallelujah singer torn between her professional and personal commitments.

Despite only being famosu for a matter of months, Alexandra has come under criticism from American singer Lady GaGa, who knocked the X Factor winner off the No.1 spot in the singles chart on Sunday.

Lady GaGa said: 'If you win a TV show and you have a hit record, you sort of have a false understanding of what it means to earn success.

'The shows are set up for a winner, for someone to win. Whereas with someone like me, who writes my own songs, you have to set yourself up to win.'

Alexandra Burke and Ruth Lorenzo

Getting a spot of exercise: Alexandra and Ruth take the pedalo out in Mauritius

Alexandra Imelda Cecelia Ewen Burke (born 25 August 1988) is an English singer, songwriter and actress. Burke rose to fame after winning the of British television series in 2008, becoming one of the most successful winners of the series. She has been signed to, and.

After winning The X Factor, Burke released the winner's single "", which became the European record holder for single sales over a period of 24 hours, selling 105,000 in one day, and became the and the. By January 2009, the single had sold over 1 million copies in the UK alone, a first for a British female soloist. In 2009, Burke released her debut album, , which debuted at number one on the and spawned four number-one singles on the and the —"Hallelujah", "", "" and ""—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 nominations. The album saw the release of, "" and "". "" was released as Burke's comeback single in February 2012, and "" served as the second tschechische frauen in deutschland kennenlernen single and Burke's second album, , was released in June freie presse zwickau sie sucht ihn 2012.

In June 2014, Burke replaced in the lead role of Rachel Marron in the West End musical , at the, touring with the production in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Burke commenced a 12-month residency in Sister Act The Musical, leading the cast as Deloris Van Cartier.

In August 2017, it was announced that she would be taking part in the entertainment show on the BBC. That same year, Burke signed a record deal with 's. Her third album, , was released on 16 March 2018.


Life and career[]

Early life and career beginnings[]

Alexandra Burke was born in, on 25 August 1988, daughter of David Burke (born 1954) and (5 March 1964 – 28 August 2017). Her mother was a soul and R&B singer, and was a member of band, who enjoyed success with several number-one singles and albums. She is of,, and descent. Although her mother was in a band, she was under investigation for suspected.

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, 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 to and picking him up from school. Burke's parents broke up in 1992, while she was still young, but mit singles kostenlos schreiben the pair remained close friends for their children.

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 when she was only nine years old, where she sang with her mother, who was still in band.

When she was aged twelve, Burke entered the television talent show, Star for a Night and was the youngest person in the competition. She was the runner-up after she was beaten for the winners title by. At the age of twelve, her mother put her in contact with who rang Burke and she sang down the phone to him. Her mother, Bell, also asked her to sing to who was said to be so impressed by Burke's vocals that she asked her to perform with her at one of her shows the following night.

Burke attended in Islington, Angel where she worked for her. Once she had achieved her GCSEs, Burke left school to pursue a career in the. 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, where she performed at large venues such as the.

2005–2009:The X Factor era[]

Burke auditioned for the second series of The X Factor in 2005 (which was eventually won by ). She made it through to the final seven in '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. Burke's second bid to win The X Factor came in 2008. Falling into the "Girls" category, she was mentored by 's 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 's classic "". For the second live show she covered "" by. In week three, week, Burke performed 's "" and received her first standing ovation. For the -themed fourth live show, Burke performed 's "". During week on 8 November, Burke and the other finalists met Carey for individual, with Carey complimenting Burke on her voice. Burke performed "" 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 's "" (the popularity of which in the UK is mostly a result of 's 1993 revival thereof). Week 8 saw her replace as the bookies' favourite after performing ' "" and ' "", for which she received yet another standing ovation. In week 9, Burke performed 's hit song "".tanzkurse für singles bonn Inline-Template Template-Fact c6">[] mit singles kostenlos schreiben

Burke was joined in the grand final by teenager and boyband. The three finalists were required to sing three songs – a Christmas song, a duet with an established music artist, and the song from their favourite performance of the series. Her Christmas song was an adaptation of "". She then sang "Listen" as a duet with Beyoncé (who later performed her UK number-one single ""), and after performing with the American singer she proclaimed: "I have achieved a dream". Her final song before the first-round voting result was "You Are So Beautiful".[] After the elimination of Quigg she sang what was to become her debut single, a 1984 song by, , for the first time. Finally, with over eight million votes cast in total, Burke was revealed as the winner with 58% of the final vote. She performed the single again being joined by the other X Factor contestants, and at parts she was too moved to sing. The single went on to become the of 2008, holding the top spot for three weeks and selling one million copies. There was also a campaign to take Jeff Buckley's cover of Hallelujah to the top of the Christmas chart to deny Burke the top spot. The campaign was fuelled by Jeff Buckley fans' dislike of The X Factor's commercialism and the song's arrangement, as well as a desire by this contingent to introduce younger music fans to Buckley's version. Burke herself was not enamoured of the choice of song, and dismissed the original by remarking "It just didn't do anything for me". As winner, Burke received a recording contract with record label,, which is co-owned by. The contract had a stated value of £1 million, of which £150,000 was a cash advance and the remainder allocated to recording and marketing costs.

2009–2010: Overcome, international breakthrough and All Night Long tour[]

On 13 February 2009 it was reported that Burke signed a £3.5 million, five-album US record deal with. Burke's first album was originally scheduled for March 2009, however, 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. The album was released on 19 October 2009 in the UK, titled . Burke's first commercial single from her debut album is titled "", which features. The single premiered in the UK on on on 25 August 2009. On 18 October 2009, Bad Boys topped the UK Singles Chart. After visiting Burke in the studio, spoke of possibly recording a duet with her and also asked for Burke to join her for Beyoncé's second European leg of her .Bad Boys was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry on 7 January 2010.[]

On 19 July 2009, Burke confirmed that she had signed a six figure contract with Italian fashion designers, to become the face of a new fashion line. She will also model their clothes and accessories in her music videos. Burke performed on the on 7 December 2009.

It was confirmed by Burke on 17 November 2009, that "" would be the second commercial single, (third overall), from Overcome. She also confirmed via her Official Twitter page that the video was shot in Los Angeles on 22 and 23 November 2009. On 18 January 2010, Burke began her European Promo Tour in, Belgium. On 12 March 2010, Burke confirmed on Twitter that "" will be her new single, featuring. She appeared on during the semi-final to perform All Night Long. On 29 April 2010, Burke entered FHM's poll for the world's at number 75. This is her first appearance on the poll since she rose to fame in 2008. It has been since confirmed that Burke's next single will be a completely new song, "", which is set to be released on 5 September 2010. 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, 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 ; 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 . A new track on the album was said to be a with "an amazing group", the group was later announced as. On 25 October, Burke announced via her Twitter that a new version of "" 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. It was confirmed that there would be no further singles from the album after "The Silence".

2010–2012: New record deal and Heartbreak on Hold[]

It's got to be sexy. So I'm going to get a lot fiercer and sexier. We're just getting down and dirty with the next album. I'm going to take a lot more risks and it's going to be insane." She also hinted at any collaborations on the LP, "I can't say too much because my management will kill me if I let loose. But I have a special duet planned. I have the ideas, the collaborations in my mind – it's all locked up in my head.

—Alexandra Burke

Burke stated that her next album would get "down, raunchy and dirty", promising the record would take risks. Burke took a break from recording so that she could embark on her first headline concert tour, the and said she would continue recording two days after the tour ends. She worked with for a lot of the album, but also reunited with,,, and, among others. Burke stated that she had recorded a duet, with an "amazing" artist. She said, she was working in the studio with songwriter, Autumn Rowe, and met him through Rowe and the duet just sort of "happened". Burke featured on new album, on track "Show Off". In June it was reported that Burke had signed a record deal with and the album will be jointly handled by the and RCA Records. The album will be released in the United States after she signed a £3 million record deal with. It was thought that Burke's album would be released just under RCA; however, she said that the album would be jointly handled by RCA and SyCo. Burke said that she went to "writing camp" while she was in Los Angeles. She said that it is when lots of songwriters and flew in to work with her. She also said that she wrote two or three songs a day for a couple of weeks. After writing camp, "" was one of the phrases which she came up with, which a lot of say, she explained: "It's about not discussing something you know needs to be discussed whether it's in a relationship or with friends or family," she said of the song. Burke got the idea of using the saying from when she was in writing camp with a lot of Americans.

Rock bottom for Alexandra was her split for in 2012.

Since April 2011, Burke has supported T4's Battlefront show, helping young campaigners Hope and Abby raise awareness about the organ donor register for their Sign Up, Speak Up, Save Lives project. In October 2011, Burke joined, and on the judging panel as a guest judge during the fourth week of the live shows of when had a throat infection.[] Burke's lead single from the album titled "", which is produced by, was released on 11 March 2012. It debuted and peaked at number-three on the. The second single from the album, "", premièred on on 13 April 2012. She announced in mid-April 2012 that her second studio album's title would be which was released on 4 June 2012. On 18 April 2012, she was confirmed for. In February 2012, it was reported that Burke had left the label to join. In June 2012, Burke parted company with her management company.

2012–2014: Renegade, U.S. launch and other projects[]

In September 2012, it was revealed that Burke would take part in for. Burke later announced that she was working on an album for a US release. 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. 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, . She told fans to expect "R&B bangers" on her third album. asked Burke to record a version of "" in order to use throughout the live shows of , when the judges are announced and walk out. In December 2012, Burke released her first holiday, , which consisted a cover of "" and a new track titled "Christmas Time".

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. 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. On 25 March 2013, it was announced that Burke would perform a concert version of at the between 4 and 8 June in the venue's Elgar Room but the shows were postponed. The concerts sold out in under a week. In May 2013, it was reported that Burke signed a deal with a US management company after impressing former president during a meeting with him in New York. In June 2013, Burke parted ways with her record label,, over "differing views" between herself and the label regarding her third studio album.

Burke made her U.S. performance debut at on 10 June 2013 as part of the line-up for The Apollo Theater Legends Hall of Fame 2013, honouring the induction of. Burke shared the stage with other artists including,, and. On 30 August, Burke released her second EP, #NewRules. The EP contains 5 tracks, including a cover of 's "". 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."

2014–2017: Musical theatre and Strictly Come Dancing[]

Burke made her West End debut as a leading cast member in the £5 million production of on 2 June 2014, at London's, taking over the lead role from. Based on the hit 1990's movie of the same name and made famous by, 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. 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. Two years later Alexandra was again invited to audition for the role and was subsequently offered the part.

Burke played the role for a relatively short period until the production closed at the Adelphi Theatre on 29 August 2014. 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. Later in the year Burke was nominated for 'Best West End Debut' at the West End Frame Awards 2014.

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. 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. Burke was contracted to The Bodyguard until the end of June 2016, with her final UK performance in the production taking place in Eastbourne at the Congress Theatre. The production and cast briefly transferred to an international stage in, playing four nights at the Grimaldi Forum, with Burke's final ever Bodyguard performance after two years leading the production taking place on 26 June.

An original cast recording featuring Burke was released in June 2015 to accompany the nationwide tour.

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. Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood. Burke commenced a year long residency in the show, making her debut on 30 July 2016 at the Curve Theatre Leicester. Alexandra's final performance in the critically acclaimed production took place on 27 August 2017 at Wintergardens, Blackpool. On 21 August 2017, Burke was announced as a contestant for the of . She was partnered with professional dancer. and made it to the final where she was beaten by Joe McFadden.

2018–present: The Truth Is and return to musical theatre[]

On 22 December 2017 it was announced Burke had signed with 's with her third record, , was released on 16 March 2018. The album's lead single 'Shadow', was released on 23 February 2018. In January Alexandra announced her first full UK and Ireland tour in seven years; encompassing 13 venues, the tour will commence in Southend on 1 September 2018.

On Friday 16 February it was formally announced Alexandra would be returning to musical theatre starring in the first West End revival production of since 1986. Alexandra will perform as “Svetlana”, a role made famous by in the 1980s. The production has a limited run of five weeks at London’s Coliseum Theatre, playing opposite theatre icon. Opening night will take place on 26 April 2018.


Music and voice[]

Burke's music is, however her music has a feature of and in her some of her songs. Burke's vocal range has been compared to,, and.

Since winning The X Factor and signing a record deal with and recording her debut album , 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 tracks, after she collaborated with dance production team, as well as working with and.[] Burke labelled her first album as "very ".

"", Burke's sixth single from Overcome was a strong R&B, and the song was inspired by her aunt's relationship with her boyfriend. She said: "My auntie was going through that situation and she came over to Los Angeles to spend some time with me and get away from her fella etc. And she was telling me about her situation and [...] why does he let the silence do the talking? Why doesn't he let you know how he feels? And then this song came about". Burke said that her voice will give the tracks soul, but the music is pop and R&B.[] Although Burke did not have any writing credits on her first album, during the production of her second studio album, she went to writing camp with many Americans. Burke has received co-writing credits on a number of songs on her second album. She said that she was going to get "down and dirty", "sexier", and a lot "fiercer". Burke also announced she wanted to take more risks on the second LP and that she was going to go "insane" on Heartbreak on Hold. On her second album, Burke's album features, R&B and. She is the executive producer on her second album and she said what "she says, goes" but she will still take advice from her management. BBC London radio 18 02 2018


(left) and (right) are two of Burke's biggest influences in music.

Burke's known influences in music include,,,,, and. Burke has also listed, and as an inspiration in music. Burke performed with Beyoncé during the final of of . Burke introduced Beyoncé by saying:

Beyoncé later described Burke as a "superstar" and Burke has a "beautiful voice" as well as being a "beautiful young lady" and that Beyoncé was proud to sing with Burke. Burke later said that performing with Beyoncé made her "dreams come true". Beyoncé later announced her tour, and that she hoped to see Burke again. Beyoncé later invited Burke to perform on her tour in May 2009, and she did. dubbed the duet as "one of the most memorable moments in the history of The X Factor. Burke later said that she took influence and inspiration on her debut tour, from Beyoncé and Jackson. Beyoncé and Burke remain close friends and after Beyoncé visited Burke in the studio, she spoke of possibly recording a duet with her. In February 2011, Burke said that she took inspiration and influence from, and her mother's band, on her second LP. is a known fan of Burke's music, he invited Burke to perform on a track from his second studio album, which the pair collaborated on track, "Show Off".

Other ventures[]

Fashion lines[]

Basically I've been into designing and fashion since before The X Factor and I put the word out there to my manager that I wanted to do my own fashion range one day. JLS wanted to do the same! Now we both own this company called 2KX – I've done the women's range and they've done the men's. It's out next year, it's a lot of fun and I'm happy that I'm doing it with them. It all came together quite quickly in the end but we've been planning it for nine months.

—Alexandra Burke

In 2010, it was reported that Burke and who came second to Burke during The X Factor were in talks to release a together. JLS and Burke said that they have wanted to release a clothing line since before they were famous. The pair have been using ideas and inspiration which they have collected together over the years. It was later reported that the company would be called 2KX and the company would sell a range of men and women's clothing which could be worn casually during the day or for a dressed up night out. With the clothing range being sold exclusively at around the United Kingdom and Ireland.2KX was released in Spring 2011 during a which raised sales of the company. In order to promote the company, both artists began wearing the clothing at gigs performances, music videos as well as Facebook page opening for the company, an official website launch and YouTube adds. JLS wore the clothes in their music video for "".

Burke later signed a contract with as a Model. Burke and JLS later completed a photoshoot wearing the clothing to promote the clothing range. In one of the images, the pair show their figures while they pose in their range of. Another image shows the pair in clothing ranges which will be included in the. The company will accommodate for men and women, with JLS designing for the men and Burke designing for the women. The company will reflect their personal styles and their love for fashion. It was reported that the Underwear Collection would launch in March 2011, and their Clothing Collection would be released the following month. The underwear which went on sale in March 2011, price ranged between – £19 Burke said that they wanted to give the range a "reasonable price" which people would be able to afford. The dresses which Burke created were praised saying that she has marked her stylish fashion on the fashion range. Burke and JLS decided to release a from the company, almost five-month before the company was due to launch, however they were releasing the T-shirt for Charity in aid of The business' target aims was to raise £10,000 for charity by 1 January 2011. The T-shirts price were £15 with £1.50 from each sold T-shirt would go to the charity. The company did reach their target aims. The title of the company, 2KX came about as the name stands for "2010" which was when the company was founded by Burke and JLS, and when the label was officially launched. 2K is the for the year "2000" and "X" is the. The company is based London, United Kingdom.

Reality television[]

Burke first appeared on reality television in 2001, when she took part in the second series of . She became the runner-up of the series, behind. She went on to audition for the of in 2005, where she made it to judges houses before her mentor decided she was too young to continue in the competition. She returned to The X Factor for its in 2008, where she went on to win the competition with 58% of the public vote. In 2010, she was a guest judge on the of , during the auditions and choreography camp stages. She also appeared as a guest judge during the fourth week of the of The X Factor.

Burke was one of the final ever celebrity contestants to appear on after the show ended in February 2014.

She is also a fan, appearing on.

In August 2017, Burke was announced as a contestant for the of . She was partnered with professional dancer. On 16 December, Burke and Márquez reached the finals of the competition, and finished in joint second place.


From a young age Burke has supported a number of charities around the United Kingdom. Before Burke went on to audition for The X Factor and achieved a successful music career, Burke went on tour with Young Voices. Burke performed in large audience venues, such as the before she made fame. Burke went on tour with her mother's band, where Burke sang to raise money for charity. Burke's mother,, said that herself and Burke only do professional gigs together for charity. In 2008, while Burke was a contestant on The X Factor she and her fellow released a cover of 's "" for the and charities. The release was backed by, and originally suggested by, newspaper.

On 30 October 2008 it was announced that British would waive all tax on copies sold on the single. He said:

ordered the song to have a big promotional push in order for the song to top the, and the contestants performed the song live on The X Factor and again performed it with Carey herself. 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. 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 and the nineteenth best selling single of the decade. The single sold 1.2 million copies within the UK getting certificated double platinum.

Burke broke records for getting people to sign up to within an hour.

Following the, many celebrities, including Burke, wanted to help the suffering people of the country. British Prime Minister asked to arrange a 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 's "", which Cowell choose the song himself as he thought the song's title was most relevant. Brown agreed to waive on the single and R.E.M. agreed to waive all royalties. The celebrities would form a and release the song under the name of "Helping Haiti". Proceeds from the single were split between 's Helping Haiti fund and the. The song was premiered on radio stations nationally on 2 February 2010. The single was released both physically and digitally on 7 February 2010, with the physical release being brought forward by one day due to demand. The single became the fastest-selling charity record of the 21st century in Britain, 205,000 copies in its first two days in the United Kingdom, and 453,000 in its first week. Burke spoke about the charity single saying: "I hope the single raises lots of money. It's great that we can come together and do this. It's a very special song." Soon after the single was released, Burke announced that she would, in fact, travel to so she can physically help the. Burke visited and helped in the week beginning 8 February 2010, and posted two video blogs about her visit on YouTube. She later returned six months later to check the progress of the country after being a huge part in the Save the Children charity campaign. Burke was confirmed to join various female celebrities to join the Inca Trail Hike for Breast Cancer Care, along with,, and. In January 2011, Burke helped to launch UK's campaign. The campaign aims to reduce child mortality over the next five years.

In October 2012, Burke performed at actor Samuel L. Jackson's launch of the charity Shooting Stars in London. Later that same month, Burke performed for the Great Ormond Street Hospital's Friendship Ball which was held in England. Also in the same month, Burke performed for "Breast Cancer Care" and was announced as the charities most recent celebrity supporter. Burke took part in the 2013 campaign for the charity with a new photoshoot in October 2013. In November 2012, Burke performed at the Royal Concert for Remembrance Day with Russell Watson. In February 2013, Burke appeared on From The Heart on ITV. The television show was created to promote organ donation. Burke performed live with Jools Holland. Also in October 2013, Burke took part in a campaign for PETA in order to tackle the fur trade. She posed naked for the campaign with the slogan "I'd rather go naked than wear fur".[]


Burke first signed a merchandise contract when she agreed to become the face of company, in the United Kingdom and Ireland. After the end of 's contract as ambassadors for, it was announced that Burke would become the new ambassador for the company; she was replaced by when her contract finished. Then again, Burke recorded a television advertisement which featured Burke's music, "", "", and "", on this advert, it showed Burke performing in front of an audience and then finishing the performance and using, in order to promote the product. Burke was also the first ever ambassador for the product.

In March 2012, Burke worked with MUA Cosmetics to launch her own range of lip-gloss named "Lip Boom". In 2013, Burke was revealed as the face of Mune Energy Drinks to coincide with the release of her EP. In September 2013, Burke was revealed as the face of Funkin Cocktails. In October 2013, Alexandra Burke recorded a cover of 's "" for in the United Kingdom.

Year Title Role Notes
2014–2016 Rachel Marron London West End, Monaco, & UK and Ireland Nationwide Tour
2016–2017 Deloris Van Cartier UK and Ireland Nationwide Tour & Monaco
2018 Svetlana 2018 West End Revival


Main article:

Studio albums



  • The Truth Is Tour (2018)

Awards and nominations[]


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The most beautiful song, originally written and sung by none other than Buddhist, and Ladies’ Man, Leonard Cohen.

“And even though it all went wrong, I’ll stand right here before the Lord of song, with nothing on my tongue but ‘Hallelujah’.”

It’s, as I say, a desire to affirm my faith in life, not in some formal religious way but with enthusiasm, with emotion…It’s a rather joyous song. I wanted to write something in the tradition of the hallelujah choruses but from a different point of view…It’s the notion that there is no perfection—that this is a broken world and we live with broken hearts and broken lives but still that is no alibi for anything.

On the contrary, you have to stand up and say hallelujah under those circumstances.

~ Leonard Cohen

Then, most memorably, sung by a young man who would, tragically, stay young forever, who would breathe out at the beginning of the song, and finally, never breathe in again. This was the version I first go to know, when, five years ago, my designer Pam Uhlenkamp and I played it again and again in her second floor flat just off downtown Boulder, as we worked endless days and night putting together an issue of elephant.

And, then, most famously, by Rufus Wainwright, a version that made it into Shrek, the blockbuster children’s fave movie.

I heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do ya?
Well it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to her kitchen chair
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who out drew ya
It’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not someone whos seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Here are the top ten most popular versions, as picked by We the People across the World, on youtube. The only editorial privilege I’ve exercised is selecting the top 10 that have kept some of the original heartache and space within each word…there are many pop, casual, speedy, shmaltzy versions that exhibit breathtaking vocal range and a decided lack of heart. Fuck ’em.

Skip to two minutes in—a surprisingly chill-inducing version, given the context:

The most popular version, surprisingly. The blonde man (?) has an amazing voice:


American Idol Hallelujah, not my fave:

With lyrics:

The man himself. Those lyrics, from that voice. The original:

I love Rufus:


Imogen Heap:

Regina Spektor:



Bonus: Walk the talk show gets classical.

Double bonus: Waylon talks with Ram Dass.

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