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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 During the show, she also covered tracks originally made famous by Christina Aguilera, Donna Summer, Mariah Carey, Take That and Joe Cocker.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.

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Alexandra Burke Has Announced Her Engagement

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Former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke capped off a fantastic year in 2017 that saw her rocket into the final of BBC show Strictly Come Dancing by getting engaged to her long-term partner, Josh Ginnelly.

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The 29-year-old star - who partnered Beyoncé in her X Factor final in 2008 - was proposed to by Josh in Paris and has said her late mother, Melissa Bell, would be "very proud".

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Alexandra Burke at the European premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' held at the Royal Albert Hall. The film is the second installment of the new trilogy, and it has been directed by Rian Johnson - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 12th December 2017

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Alexandra Burke's "Fake" Emotions On 'Strictly' Defended By Alesha Dixon

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Following criticism of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Alexandra Burke from some quarters of social media for her displays of emotion on the show, one of its former stars Alesha Dixon has stepped forward to defend the singer.

Former winner of ‘The X Factor’ Burke has been performing well on the current 15th season of ‘Strictly’ so far, scoring well routinely by judges, but she’s found herself in the bottom two of the public vote and forced to do the dance-off for the last two weeks. As such, she’s been accused of ‘fake’ displays of emotion as the results have been read out.

However, 39 year old former Mis-Teeq singer Alesha Dixon has defended Burke – and she’s well placed to do so, having won the show in 2007 and then becoming a temporary judge in the seventh series, stepping in for Arlene Phillips.

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Alexandra Burke Recording New Album On Top Of 10-Hour-Per-Day 'Strictly' Rehearsals

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Alexandra Burke has revealed that she’s in the process of recording a new album, on top of dedicating most of her waking hours to training for ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ as its season finale inches ever closer.

The 29 year old star might just be the hardest-working celebrity in Britain right now, telling an interviewer that she’s currently in recording sessions for her upcoming third studio album – and managing to fit it in after 10 hours of dancing rehearsals every day.

“We are practising 10 hours a day. They are long days but I absolutely love it. It hasn’t stopped me singing — I’m recording my third album at the moment,” former ‘X Factor’ winner Burke told the Evening Standard on Friday (December 1st).

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Alexandra Burke Has Been Criticised For Wearing Fur

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Alexandra Burke has sashayed and swayed into the hearts of Saturday night viewers since appearing on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing; however, recent reports of her wearing a fur coat have grated with some viewers after she appeared in an anti-fur advertisement just four years ago.

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The former X Factor winner has been branded "disgusting" for wearing a fur-lined jacket, despite stripping naked to protest the wearing of fur in a campaign for PETA.

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Alexandra Burke Dismisses Suggestions 'Strictly' Has A Racism Problem

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‘Strictly Come Dancing’ contestant Alexandra Burke has dismissed repeated claims that the BBC show has a problem with racism.

In recent years, the Beeb’s Saturday night ratings behemoth has faced criticisms over black and minority ethnic contestants finding themselves eliminated in the very early stages of the competition each year.

Last year, the claims reached their peak when Melvin Odoom was voted off in the first episode of the 2016 series, followed the next week by Tameka Empson. This year, the same criticisms reared their head again when Chizzy Akudolu was the first competitor to leave, two weeks into the series.

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Alexandra Burke Announces Her Mother, Melissa Bell, Has Passed Away

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Heartbroken singer Alexandra Burke has sadly announced the death of her mother - Soul II Soul singer, Melissa Bell who passed away after a nine-year long battle with chronic kidney failure brought on by diabetes. Melissa was the former lead singer of the Grammy Award winning group and had worked with greats including Liza Minelli, Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston.

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Her daughter, Alexandra, followed in her singing footsteps when she won the fifth series of singing competition, The X Factor and has continued to remain on the singing scene.

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Alexandra Burke and Brother - 'Shots from the red carpet ahead of the world premiere of the latest film in the Hunger Games series the 'Hunger Games : Mockingjay Part 1' The premiere was held at the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Monday 10th November 2014

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Sheneice Burke - x factor winner Alexandra Burke headed to the Bedford and Strand wine bar following her debut performance on the Bodyguard musical. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 2nd June 2014

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Alexandra Burke - Pride Of Britain Awards 2013 held at the Dorchester Hotel - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 7th October 2013

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Alexandra Burke Gets Naked For PETA Anti-Fur Campaign Photoshoot [Picture]

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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.

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Pictures: Rihanna Caps Busy Day In London With Performance At The Forum

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Rihanna stops by The Forum in London as part of her 777 tour

She's been aggravating all and sundry on the 777 flight with her non-appearances, but Rihanna did step out in public to wow fans by playing a show at intimate Forum venue in London. 

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Celebrities Help Show We're All Proud At The Pride Of Britain Awards

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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.

Alexandra Burke and Samuel L Jackson - Alexandra Burke and Samuel L Jackson Saturday 20th October 2012 Shooting Stars Gala Dinner held at the Corinthia Hotel.

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Wedding Bells For The Hoff? Hayley Roberts Ready To Say Yes To David Hasselhoff

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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.

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Date of birth

25th August, 1988








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