Alexandra Burke (25.8.1988)
Alexandra Burke is an English pop star and the winner of the 2008 series of The X Factor.
Childhood: Alexandra Burke was born to Melissa Bell and David Burke in London. Her mother is formerly of Soul II Soul.
At the age of five, Alexandra took up singing, though she did not have any formal training until she entered The X Factor. Aged 12, Burke appeared on the TV talent show Star For A Night. She was the youngest person in the competition and narrowly missed out to Joss Stone. That year, she also sang down the phone to Stevie Wonder.
After finishing her GCSEs, Alexandra Burke left Islington's Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in order to focus on her schooling.
Music Career: In 2005, Burke auditioned for The X factor for the first time. She made it through to the final seven in Louis Walsh's 16-24 category but Louis did not choose her for his final four. That year's series was won by Shayne Ward.
In 2008, Alexandra Burke auditioned for The X Factor once more, where she was mentored by Cheryl Cole (of Girls Aloud). Her first live performance was a version of Whitney Houston's 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody'. The following week, she performed 'I'll Be There' by the Jackson 5. During the show, she also covered tracks originally made famous by Christina Aguilera, Donna Summer, Mariah Carey, Take That and Joe Cocker.
It wasn't until week eight of the contest that she overtook Diana Vickers as the favourite to become winner of the show with her performances of Britney Spears' 'Toxic' and 'Listen' by Beyonce Knowles turning the tide.
In the final performance of the show, Alexandra Burke was up against Eoghan Quigg and JLS. Her final performance was a version of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'. The song went on to become her debut single, released in time to become Christmas number one (despite an internet campaign to send Jeff Buckley's version of the same song to the top spot).
In February 2009, Alexandra Burke reportedly signed a £3.5 million record deal with Epic Records. In October of that year, Burke released her debut album, entitled Overcome. Her next single, after 'Hallelujah' was 'Bad Boys', featuring Flo Rida and became another number one single for her.
In the summer of 2009, Alexandra Burke also signed an endorsement deal with Dolce & Gabbana.
At the start of 2010, Alexandra Burke released 'Broken Heels'. She was also among the artists collaborating for a Haiti Charity single, to raise money for the aid effort following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Other artists on the release include Leona Lewis, Mika, Robbie Williams and Rod Stewart, all performing a cover of 'Everybody Hurts' by R.E.M.
Alexandra Burke - Shots of British pop stars Katy B and Alexandra Burke as they gave live performances at G-A-Y's New Years Eve party at the club 'Heaven' in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 31st December 2014
Alexandra Burke - Alexandra Burke performs live in front of Christmas shoppers during a week long Sky Arts festive event held at Westfield Stratford City at Westfields Stratford - London, United Kingdom - Friday 5th December 2014
The pop star has boldly lend her support to PETA's fight against animal cruelty.
As September's fashion month draws to a close and it has become clear that numerous fashion designers still won't drop real animal fur from their collections, anti-animal cruelty charity PETA have reinvigorated their fur campaign to include a new face.
2008 X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke is the new celebrity to be featured in the PETA campaign against the use of animal fur to make clothing. Shot in a flattering black and white, the photo displays PETA's slogan "I'd rather go naked than wear fur" and explains the barbaric practices involved in skinning a creature.
Christy Turlington, Bethenny Frankel, Olivia Munn, Charlotte Ross, Gemma Collins, Elisabetta Canalis and Wendy Williams are just a handful of the celebrities who have all starred in the high-profile campaign to eliminate real fur from fashion and after Burke there are sure to be many more.
This year’s x factor winner James Arthur has now beaten Alexandra Burke to have the fastest selling X Factor winner’s single since the show began. The song was released online almost immediately after he was announced as the winner. Just 24 hours later, the track had been downloaded over 187,000 times, The Independent reports. That’s a pretty impressive increase on the previous title holder; Burke’s version of ‘Hallelujah’ sold 147,000 in the same space of time back in 2008.
This year’s X Factor single is James Arthur’s ‘Impossible,’ a cover of the song by Shontelle. Comparing Arthur’s popularity to other recent years, Leona Lewis’ ‘A Moment Like This’ sold 101,000 and Matt Cardle sold 112,000. Out of the list of previous winners, of course, Cardle is the one to whom James Arthur should pay the most heed. Leona and Alexandra may have gone on to have successful careers but Cardle serves as a stark reminder that even with a huge PR machine behind them, X Factor winners can quite easily sink without trace once the initial hype has drifted away.
Keen to keep the fans that he does have on side, James was quick to show his gratitude on Twitter once the news of the sales figures broke. “Wow just seen the figures for the single sales and it’s blowing my mind! Thank you all for buying it on iTunes.” He’ll have to wait until the end of the week to see if he can keep up the momentum and beat Shayne Ward’s first week sales of 742,000.
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While the news normally constantly bombards us with the ills of the world, the injustices and atrocities, abuses and deaths, breaches of freedom and crimes of war, The Pride of Britain is a rare and welcome evening of celebration of all that is good in the face of evil.
Jack Carroll was awarded with the Teenager of Courage award. He uses comedy to break down barriers and challenge attitudes towards cerebral palsy, a disability that he suffers with. Another recipient of the Teenager of Courage award was Alice Pyne who is responsible for 40,000 people signing up to the bone marrow register. She said "It was an incredible night and I felt really lucky to hear all the amazing stories behind the awards."
While this show truly shows us how blessed the UK is with courageous and admirable citizens, one question still lingers though; why is it still the celebrities who are revered on the red carpet? Why is it their opinion that is sought out regarding the events of the evening? ...Why are they there? Well, for each of the winners that spoke to the Mirror it's clear that the celebs simply have a greater access to direct lines of influence. Natalia Aggiano who gave one of her kidneys to a complete stranger said "Alexandra [Burke] gave me her email address and said that she's going to do whatever she can to raise awareness about donating kidneys to strangers." Plus, celebrities also have that uncanny ability to really make the day of these incredibly noble teens. Alice said "[Robbie Williams] was wearing one of my pink charity wristbands and I tweeted a picture of him in it. Then he invited me to one of his concerts. I'm really excited about it." Pierce Brosnan, Holly Willoughby, Jamie Rednapp and Jon Bon Jovi were all in attendance to celebrate the amazing young Brits.
David Hasselhoff’s Welsh girlfriend Hayley Roberts has revealed that she’s ready to accept a marriage proposal. The Hoff has already proposed to 32 year-old Hayley three times, in different locations but so far she has always turned him down. However, she told The Mirror that she reckons she’s ready now: “If and when he asks again, I’ll say yes,” she told the British newspaper. Perhaps she still hasn’t seen that David Hasselhoff cheeseburger video?
“I don’t think he’ll do the traditional thing and get my dad’s blessing first but that doesn’t bother me. Hardly anyone does that any more,” said Hayley. “We’ve been together for over 18 months now so I think I’m ready.” Tradition clearly isn’t high on Hasselhoff’s list of priorities. He and Hayley have been scouring the Cotswolds for a new home and now that they have found one in a village called Broadway, he has already declared that he intends to rename it Hoffway. “I’m hoping the locals take to us,” he said, though we’re not sure that changing the name of their village is such a great way to ingratiate yourselves with the locals. “I love your country and almost feel like an honorary Brit now,” said the Hoff, though he admits that Hayley’s Welsh homeland is nothing like anything he has ever known before.
The interview took place after he took part in the Virgin London Triathlon, in a celebrity team with Alexandra Burke and a journalist from The Mirror. He opted to do the 20km cycle ride, explaining that- somewhat ironically - his Baywatch years had given him a fear of open water. “It stems from too many takes in the freezing, choppy ocean during my Baywatch days,” he explained.