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Alexandra Imelda Cecelia Ewen Burke (1988-08-25) 25 August 1988 (age 29) Islington, London, England Musical career

Genres

R&B pop soul

Occupation(s)

Singer songwriter actress

Years active 2005–present

Labels

RCA Syco Epic Decca

Website alexandraburkeofficial.com

Alexandra Imelda Cecelia Ewen Burke (born 25 August 1988)[1] is an English singer, songwriter and actress. Burke rose to fame after winning the fifth series of British television series The X Factor
The X Factor
in 2008, becoming one of the most successful winners of the series. She has been signed to Epic Records, RCA Records
RCA Records
and Syco
Syco
Music. After winning The X Factor, Burke released the winner's single "Hallelujah", which became the European record holder for single sales over a period of 24 hours, selling 105,000 in one day,[2] and became the top-selling single of 2008 in the UK and the UK's Christmas 2008 number one. By January 2009, the single had sold over 1 million copies in the UK alone, a first for a British female soloist.[3] In 2009, Burke released her debut album, Overcome, which debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart
UK Albums Chart
and spawned four number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Chart—"Hallelujah", "Bad Boys", "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
BRIT Award
nominations. The album saw the release of UK top 10 hit, "Broken Heels" and "The Silence".[4] "Elephant" was released as Burke's comeback single in February 2012, and "Let It Go" served as the second single and Burke's second album, Heartbreak on Hold, was released in June 2012.[5] In June 2014, Burke replaced Beverley Knight
Beverley Knight
in the lead role of Rachel Marron in the West End musical The Bodyguard, at the Adelphi Theatre,[6] touring with the production in 2015 and 2016.[7] In 2016, Burke commenced a 12-month residency in Sister Act The Musical, leading the cast as Deloris Van Cartier.[8] In August 2017, it was announced that she would be taking part in the entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing
on the BBC. That same year, Burke signed a record deal with Universal Music Group's Decca Records. Her third album, The Truth Is, was released on 16 March 2018.

Contents

1 Life and career

1.1 Early life and career beginnings 1.2 2005–2009: The X Factor
The X Factor
era 1.3 2009–2010: Overcome, international breakthrough and All Night Long tour 1.4 2010–2012: New record deal and Heartbreak on Hold 1.5 2012–2014: Renegade, U.S. launch and other projects 1.6 2014–2017: Musical theatre and Strictly Come Dancing 1.7 2018–present: The Truth Is and return to musical theatre

2 Artistry

2.1 Music and voice 2.2 Influences

3 Other ventures

3.1 Fashion lines 3.2 Reality television 3.3 Philanthropy 3.4 Endorsements

4 Stage 5 Discography 6 Filmography

6.1 Television

7 Tours 8 Awards and nominations 9 References 10 External links

Life and career[edit] Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Burke was born in Islington, London

Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke
was born in Islington, London
London
on 25 August 1988, daughter of David Burke (born 1954) and Melissa Bell (5 March 1964 – 28 August 2017). 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 for suspected benefit fraud.[9] Her mother said that she had not done a professional gig for years, and had never claimed benefits when she had.[9] Burke has three siblings, Sheneice, David, and Aaron.[10] Burke attracted the names Cecelia Ewen as they are also her mothers middle names, her sister, Sheneice also shares these names.[9] 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.[11] Burke's parents broke up in 1992, while she was still young, but the pair remained close friends for their children.[11] 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
Bahrain
when she was only nine years old, where she sang with her mother, who was still in band Soul II Soul.[1] 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 Joss Stone.[1] At the age of twelve, her mother put her in contact with Stevie Wonder
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 so impressed by Burke's vocals that she asked her to perform with her at one of her shows the following night. Burke attended Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington, Angel where she worked for her GCSEs. Once she had achieved her GCSEs, Burke left school to pursue a career in the music industry. Before Burke was successful on The X Factor
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.[1] 2005–2009: The X Factor
The X Factor
era[edit] Burke auditioned for the second series of The X Factor
The X Factor
in 2005 (which was eventually won by Shayne Ward). 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. Burke's second bid to win The X Factor
The X Factor
came in 2008. 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
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
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".[citation needed] Burke was joined in the grand final by Northern Irish teenager Eoghan Quigg and boyband JLS. 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 "Silent Night". She then sang "Listen" as a duet with Beyoncé
Beyoncé
(who later performed her UK number-one single "If I Were a Boy"), 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".[citation needed] After the elimination of Quigg she sang what was to become her debut single, a 1984 song by Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah, 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.[12] 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 Christmas number one 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.[13][14] The campaign was fuelled by Jeff Buckley fans' dislike of The X Factor's commercialism and the song's arrangement,[15][16] as well as a desire by this contingent to introduce younger music fans to Buckley's version.[17] Burke herself was not enamoured of the choice of song, and dismissed the original by remarking "It just didn't do anything for me".[16] As winner, Burke received a recording contract with record label, Syco, which is co-owned by Sony Music Entertainment. 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.[18] 2009–2010: Overcome, international breakthrough and All Night Long tour[edit]

Burke during the All Night Long Tour
All Night Long Tour
in 2011

On 13 February 2009 it was reported that Burke signed a £3.5 million, five-album US record deal with Epic Records.[19] Burke's first album was originally scheduled for March 2009, however, Simon Cowell
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. The album was released on 19 October 2009 in the UK, titled Overcome.[20] 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
BBC Radio 1
on 25 August 2009.[21] On 18 October 2009, Bad Boys topped the UK Singles Chart.[22] After visiting Burke in the studio, Beyoncé
Beyoncé
spoke of possibly recording a duet with her[23] and also asked for Burke to join her for Beyoncé's second European leg of her I Am... Tour.[24] Bad Boys was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry on 7 January 2010.[citation needed] 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. She will also model their clothes and accessories in her music videos. Burke performed on the Royal Variety Show on 7 December 2009.[25] It was confirmed by Burke on 17 November 2009, that "Broken Heels" would be the second commercial single, (third overall), from Overcome.[26] She also confirmed via her Official Twitter page that the video was shot in Los Angeles on 22 and 23 November 2009.[27] On 18 January 2010, Burke began her European Promo Tour in Brussels, Belgium.[28] On 12 March 2010, Burke confirmed on Twitter that "All Night Long" will be her new single, featuring Pitbull. She appeared on Dancing on Ice
Dancing on Ice
during the semi-final to perform All Night Long.[29] On 29 April 2010, Burke entered FHM's poll for the world's top 100 sexiest women 2010 at number 75. This is her first appearance on the poll since she rose to fame in 2008.[30] 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.[31] The video for "Start Without You" debuted on 19 August through VEVO on later premiered on The BOX.[32] 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.[33] 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.[34] 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.[35] 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.[36] The official music video for "The Silence" was released on 27 October 2010, via MSN Videos UK.[37] It was confirmed that there would be no further singles from the album after "The Silence".[38] 2010–2012: New record deal and Heartbreak on Hold[edit]

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[38]

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 All Night Long Tour
All Night Long Tour
and said she would continue recording two days after the tour ends.[38] She worked with RedOne
RedOne
for a lot of the album, but also reunited with Bruno Mars, StarGate, Rico Love, Autumn Rowe and Ne-Yo, among others.[38] 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".[39] Burke featured on Swizz Beatz
Swizz Beatz
new album, Haute Living on track "Show Off".[40] In June it was reported that Burke had signed a record deal with RCA Records
RCA Records
and the album will be jointly handled by the Syco
Syco
and RCA Records.[41] The album will be released in the United States after she signed a £3 million record deal with Epic Records.[42] 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.[43] Burke said that she went to "writing camp" while she was in Los Angeles. She said that it is when lots of songwriters and music producers flew in to work with her.[44] She also said that she wrote two or three songs a day for a couple of weeks. After writing camp, "the elephant in the room" was one of the phrases which she came up with, which a lot of Americans 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.[45] Rock bottom for Alexandra was her split for Jermain Defoe
Jermain Defoe
in 2012. [46] 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 Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow
Gary Barlow
and Tulisa Contostavlos
Tulisa Contostavlos
on the judging panel as a guest judge during the fourth week of the live shows of series 8 when Kelly Rowland
Kelly Rowland
had a throat infection.[citation needed] Burke's lead single from the album titled "Elephant", which is produced by Erick Morillo,[47] was released on 11 March 2012. It debuted and peaked at number-three on the UK Singles Chart.[48] The second single from the album, "Let it Go", premièred on Kiss Radio on 13 April 2012.[49] She announced in mid-April 2012 that her second studio album's title would be Heartbreak on Hold
Heartbreak on Hold
which was released on 4 June 2012.[5][50] On 18 April 2012, she was confirmed for T4 on the Beach 2012.[51][52] In February 2012, it was reported that Burke had left the Syco
Syco
label to join RCA Records.[53][54] In June 2012, Burke parted company with her management company.[55] 2012–2014: Renegade, U.S. launch and other projects[edit] In September 2012, it was revealed that Burke would take part in Les Misérables for Children in Need. Burke later announced that she was working on an album for a US release.[56] 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 .[57] Burke said she wanted to go back to her original sound which was featured on her debut album, Overcome.[58] She told fans to expect "R&B bangers" on her third album.[58] Simon Cowell
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
The X Factor
USA, when the judges are announced and walk out.[59] 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".[60] 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."[61] On 13 February, she explained that her third album would focus on live instruments and would channel Soul music.[62][63] On the same day, she revealed that she was taking acting classes and had hopes to purse a career in films, musicals, theater.[63] On 25 March 2013, it was announced that Burke would perform a concert version of Lady Sings the Blues at the Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
between 4 and 8 June in the venue's Elgar Room but the shows were postponed.[64] The concerts sold out in under a week.[65] 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.[66] In June 2013, Burke parted ways with her record label, RCA, over "differing views" between herself and the label regarding her third studio album.[67] Burke made her U.S. performance debut at Apollo Theater
Apollo Theater
on 10 June 2013 as part of the line-up for The Apollo Theater
Apollo Theater
Legends Hall of Fame 2013, honouring the induction of Chaka Khan. Burke shared the stage with other artists including Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, and Jennifer Holliday.[68] 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.[69] She previewed two new songs on her Facebook page on Christmas.[69] 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."[70] 2014–2017: Musical theatre and Strictly Come Dancing[edit] Burke made her West End debut as a leading cast member in the £5 million production of The Bodyguard on 2 June 2014, at London's Adelphi Theatre, taking over the lead role from Beverley Knight.[71] 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.[72] 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.[73] Two years later Alexandra was again invited to audition for the role and was subsequently offered the part.[73] Burke played the role for a relatively short period until the production closed at the Adelphi Theatre
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.[74] Later in the year Burke was nominated for 'Best West End Debut' at the West End Frame Awards 2014.[75] 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.[76] 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.[76] 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.[77] The production and cast briefly transferred to an international stage in Monaco, 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.[78] An original cast recording featuring Burke was released in June 2015 to accompany the nationwide tour.[79] 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.[80] On 21 August 2017, Burke was announced as a contestant for the fifteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.[81] She was partnered with professional dancer Gorka Márquez.[82] and made it to the final where she was beaten by Joe McFadden. 2018–present: The Truth Is and return to musical theatre[edit] On 22 December 2017 it was announced Burke had signed with Universal Music Group's Decca Records
Decca Records
with her third record, The Truth Is, was released on 16 March 2018. The album's lead single 'Shadow', was released on 23 February 2018.[83][84] 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 Chess since 1986. Alexandra will perform as “Svetlana”, a role made famous by Barbara Dickson in the 1980s. The production has a limited run of five weeks at London’s Coliseum Theatre, playing opposite theatre icon Michael Ball. Opening night will take place on 26 April 2018.[85] Artistry[edit] Music and voice[edit]

"Bad Boys"

The song features R&B genre, however the track explores genres in the song and Digital Spy
Digital Spy
said the song had a "stomping electro-R&B tune".[86]

"Start Without You"

The song incorporates reggae fusion and dancehall, featuring the line "drip drop it way down low."[87]

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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
Whitney Houston
and Beyoncé.[88] Since winning The X Factor
The X Factor
and signing a record deal with Syco
Syco
Music and recording her debut album Overcome, Burke has been heavily involved in what type of music she records and releases.[89] 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."[90] 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.[citation needed] Burke labelled her first album as "very Americanised".[11] "The Silence", Burke's sixth single from Overcome was a strong R&B ballad, and the song was inspired by her aunt's relationship with her boyfriend.[91] 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".[91] Burke said that her voice will give the tracks soul, but the music is pop and R&B.[citation needed] Although Burke did not have any writing credits on her first album, during the production of her second studio album, Heartbreak on Hold
Heartbreak on Hold
she went to writing camp with many Americans.[45] Burke has received co-writing credits on a number of songs on her second album.[45] 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.[38] On her second album, Burke's album features electropop,[92] R&B and electro house.[93] 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
London
radio 18 02 2018[11] Influences[edit]

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

Burke's known influences in music include Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Kelly Rowland, and Whitney Houston.[94] Burke has also listed Alicia Keys, John Legend
John Legend
and Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
as an inspiration in music.[95] Burke performed with Beyoncé
Beyoncé
during the final of series 5 of The X Factor. Burke introduced Beyoncé
Beyoncé
by saying:

“ Ladies and Gentlemen, I absolutely cannot believe I'm about to introduce this woman to the stage, please welcome, my hero, Beyoncé. ”

Beyoncé
Beyoncé
later described Burke as a "superstar" and Burke has a "beautiful voice" as well as being a "beautiful young lady" and that Beyoncé
Beyoncé
was proud to sing with Burke. Burke later said that performing with Beyoncé
Beyoncé
made her "dreams come true". Beyoncé
Beyoncé
later announced her tour, I Am... World Tour
I Am... World Tour
and that she hoped to see Burke again. Beyoncé
Beyoncé
later invited Burke to perform on her tour in May 2009, and she did. Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell
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, All Night Long Tour from Beyoncé
Beyoncé
and Jackson.[94][96] Beyoncé
Beyoncé
and Burke remain close friends and after Beyoncé
Beyoncé
visited Burke in the studio, she spoke of possibly recording a duet with her.[97] In February 2011, Burke said that she took inspiration and influence from Robin S., Donna Summer
Donna Summer
and her mother's band, Soul II Soul
Soul II Soul
on her second LP.[44] Swizz Beatz
Swizz Beatz
is a known fan of Burke's music, he invited Burke to perform on a track from his second studio album, Haute Living which the pair collaborated on track, "Show Off".[40] Other ventures[edit] Fashion lines[edit]

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
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[98]

In 2010, it was reported that Burke and JLS
JLS
who came second to Burke during The X Factor
The X Factor
were in talks to release a clothing line together.[99] JLS
JLS
and Burke said that they have wanted to release a clothing line since before they were famous.[100] The pair have been using ideas and inspiration which they have collected together over the years.[100] 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.[100] With the clothing range being sold exclusively at branches of USC around the United Kingdom and Ireland.[100] 2KX was released in Spring 2011 during a heat wave in the United Kingdom which raised sales of the company.[100] 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
YouTube
adds.[101] JLS
JLS
wore the clothes in their music video for "Love You More".[101] Burke later signed a contract with IMG Models as a Model.[101] Burke and JLS
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 underwear. Another image shows the pair in clothing ranges which will be included in the Spring Collection.[102] The company will accommodate for men and women, with JLS
JLS
designing for the men and Burke designing for the women.[102] The company will reflect their personal styles and their love for fashion.[102] It was reported that the Underwear
Underwear
Collection would launch in March 2011,[102] and their Clothing Collection would be released the following month.[103][104] The underwear which went on sale in March 2011, price ranged between £15 – £19[105] Burke said that they wanted to give the range a "reasonable price" which people would be able to afford.[102] The dresses which Burke created were praised saying that she has marked her stylish fashion on the fashion range.[106] Burke and JLS
JLS
decided to release a t-shirt from the company, almost five-month before the company was due to launch, however they were releasing the T-shirt
T-shirt
for Charity in aid of Capital FM's Help a Capital Child 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
T-shirt
would go to the charity.[107] The company did reach their target aims.[102] 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 abbreviation for the year "2000" and "X" is the Roman numeral for 10.[108] The company is based London, United Kingdom.[109] Reality television[edit] Burke first appeared on reality television in 2001, when she took part in the second series of Star for a Night. She became the runner-up of the series, behind Joss Stone. She went on to audition for the second series of The X Factor
The X Factor
in 2005, where she made it to judges houses before her mentor Louis Walsh
Louis Walsh
decided she was too young to continue in the competition. She returned to The X Factor
The X Factor
for its fifth series 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 British version of So You Think You Can Dance, during the auditions and choreography camp stages.[110] She also appeared as a guest judge during the fourth week of the eighth series of The X Factor. Burke was one of the final ever celebrity contestants to appear on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? after the show ended in February 2014.[111] She is also a Manchester United
Manchester United
fan, appearing on MUTV.[112] In August 2017, Burke was announced as a contestant for the fifteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.[113] She was partnered with professional dancer Gorka Márquez.[114] On 16 December, Burke and Márquez reached the finals of the competition, and finished in joint second place.[115] Philanthropy[edit] 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
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 Royal Albert Hall before she made fame. Burke went on tour with her mother's band, Soul II Soul
Soul II Soul
where Burke sang to raise money for charity.[9] Burke's mother, Melissa Bell, said that herself and Burke only do professional gigs together for charity.[9] In 2008, while Burke was a contestant on The X Factor
The X Factor
she and her fellow series five contestants released a cover of Mariah Carey's "Hero" for the Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes
and The Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion
charities. The release was backed by, and originally suggested by, The Sun newspaper.[116] On 30 October 2008 it was announced that British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling
Alistair Darling
would waive all tax on copies sold on the single. He said:

“ I support the efforts being made by the X Factor contestants and in recognition of that I'm proposing effectively to waive the VAT on the sale of these singles. We will do that by making a donation equivalent to the value of the VAT. ”

Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell
ordered the song to have a big promotional push in order for the song to top the UK Singles Chart, and the contestants performed the song live on The X Factor
The X Factor
and again performed it with Carey herself.[117] 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.[118] 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.[119] Many shops had to order urgent copies of the single due to high demand."[120] It was listed as the second biggest single of 2008 and the nineteenth best selling single of the decade.[121] The single sold 1.2 million copies within the UK getting certificated double platinum.[122]

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

Following the 2010 Haiti
Haiti
earthquake, many celebrities, including Burke, wanted to help the suffering people of the country. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown
asked Simon Cowell
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.[123][124][125] 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.[123] Brown agreed to waive VAT on the single and R.E.M. agreed to waive all royalties.[125] The celebrities would form a Super group and release the song under the name of "Helping Haiti".[123] Proceeds from the single were split between The Sun's Helping Haiti
Haiti
fund and the Disasters Emergency Committee.[123] The song was premiered on radio stations nationally on 2 February 2010.[126] 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.[127] The single became the fastest-selling charity record of the 21st century in Britain,[128] 205,000 copies in its first two days in the United Kingdom, and 453,000 in its first week.[129] 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."[123] Soon after the single was released, Burke announced that she would, in fact, travel to Haiti
Haiti
so she can physically help the Haitian people. Burke visited and helped in the week beginning 8 February 2010, and posted two video blogs about her visit on YouTube.[130] 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.[131] Burke was confirmed to join various female celebrities to join the Peru
Peru
Inca Trail Hike for Breast Cancer Care, along with Fearne Cotton, Denise Van Outen, and Holly Willoughby.[132] In January 2011, Burke helped to launch Save the Children UK's No Child Born To Die campaign. The campaign aims to reduce child mortality over the next five years.[133] In October 2012, Burke performed at actor Samuel L. Jackson's launch of the charity Shooting Stars in London.[134] Later that same month, Burke performed for the Great Ormond Street Hospital's Friendship Ball which was held in England.[135] Also in the same month, Burke performed for "Breast Cancer Care" and was announced as the charities most recent celebrity supporter.[136] 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.[137] 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.[138] 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".[citation needed] Endorsements[edit] Burke first signed a merchandise contract when she agreed to become the face of company, Dolce & Gabbana in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[25] After the end of Girls Aloud's contract as ambassadors for Nintendo DS, it was announced that Burke would become the new ambassador for the company; she was replaced by JLS
JLS
when her contract finished. Then again, Burke recorded a television advertisement which featured Burke's music, "Bad Boys", "All Night Long", and "Start Without You", on this advert, it showed Burke performing in front of an audience and then finishing the performance and using deodorant, Sure Women in order to promote the product. Burke was also the first ever ambassador for the product.[33] In March 2012, Burke worked with MUA Cosmetics to launch her own range of lip-gloss named "Lip Boom".[139] 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.[140] In October 2013, Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke
recorded a cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" for The Happy Egg Company in the United Kingdom.[141] Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

2014–2016 The Bodyguard Musical Rachel Marron London
London
West End, Monaco, & UK and Ireland Nationwide Tour

2016–2017 Sister Act The Musical Deloris Van Cartier UK and Ireland Nationwide Tour & Monaco

2018 Chess Svetlana 2018 West End Revival

Discography[edit] Main article: Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke
discography

Studio albums

Overcome (2009) Heartbreak on Hold
Heartbreak on Hold
(2012) The Truth Is (2018)

Filmography[edit] Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

2001 Star for a Night Contestant Series 2

2008 The X Factor Contestant Series 5

2011 So You Think You Can Dance Guest judge Episode: "Round 2"

2011 The X Factor Guest judge Episode: "Live Show 4"

2017 Strictly Come Dancing Contestant Series 15

Tours[edit]

The X Factor
The X Factor
Live Tour (2009) All Night Long Tour
All Night Long Tour
(2011)[142] Lady Sings the Blues (2013)[64] Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke
at Jazz Café (2015)[143]

The Truth Is Tour (2018)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2009 "Hallelujah" BRIT Award
BRIT Award
for Best British Single[144] Nominated

Alexandra Burke MOBO Award for Best UK Newcomer[145] Nominated

2010 "Bad Boys" BRIT Award
BRIT Award
for Best British Single[146] Nominated

Alexandra Burke Glamour Women of the Year Awards for Best Newcomer[147] Won

Overcome Urban Music Award for Best Album 2010 Won

"All Night Long" Urban Music Award for Best Collaboration (with Pitbull) Won

Urban Music Award for Best Music Video Won

Alexandra Burke BT Digital Music Awards for Best Female Artist Won

"Bad Boys" BT Digital Music Awards for Best Song Nominated

BT Digital Music Awards for Best Video Nominated

The 2010 Popjustice £20 Music Prize Won

Alexandra Burke MOBO Award for Best UK Act Nominated

Cosmopolitan for Ultimate UK Music Star Won

MTV Europe Music Award
MTV Europe Music Award
for Best Push Act Nominated

XS AWARDS for Best British Star Won

WSC Gala Awards 2010 for Best Female Artist[148] Won

2011 "All Night Long" BRIT Award
BRIT Award
for Best British Single[149] Nominated

Alexandra Burke Glamour Women of the Year Awards for Best UK Musician/Solo Artist[150] Won

2014 Alexandra Burke West End Frame Awards 2014 for Best West End Debut[75] Nominated

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Leona Lewis Ray Quinn Ben Mills The MacDonald Brothers Kerry McGregor

Series 4

Leon Jackson Rhydian Roberts Same Difference Niki Evans Hope Matthew Protheroe Daniel de Bourg

Series 5

Alexandra Burke JLS Eoghan Quigg Diana Vickers Ruth Lorenzo Laura White

Series 6

Joe McElderry Olly Murs Stacey Solomon Jedward Lucie Jones

Series 7

Matt Cardle Rebecca Ferguson One Direction Cher
Cher
Lloyd Mary Byrne Katie Waissel Aiden Grimshaw Belle Amie John Adeleye

Series 8

Little Mix Marcus Collins Amelia Lily Misha B Janet Devlin Kitty Brucknell Frankie Cocozza

Series 9

James Arthur Jahméne Douglas Christopher Maloney Union J Rylan Clark Ella Henderson Lucy Spraggan Carolynne Poole

Series 10

Sam Bailey Nicholas McDonald Luke Friend Rough Copy Kingsland Road

Series 11

Ben Haenow Fleur East Andrea Faustini Lauren Platt Stereo Kicks Stevi Ritchie Only the Young Jake Quickenden Chloe Jasmine Blonde Electra

Series 12

Louisa Johnson Reggie 'n' Bollie 4th Impact

Series 13

Matt Terry Saara Aalto 5 After Midnight Ryan Lawrie

Series 14

Rak-Su

Singles

Winners singles

"Against All Odds" "That's My Goal" "A Moment Like This" "When You Believe" "Hallelujah" "The Climb" "When We Collide" "Cannonball" "Impossible" "Skyscraper" "Something I Need" "Forever Young" "When Christmas Comes Around" "Dimelo"

Charity singles

"Hero" "You Are Not Alone" "Heroes" "Wishing on a Star"

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Best-selling singles by year in the United Kingdom

1952–1969

1952: "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" – Vera Lynn
Vera Lynn
(UK) 1953: "I Believe" – Frankie Laine 1954: "Secret Love" – Doris Day 1955: "Rose Marie" – Slim Whitman 1956: "I'll Be Home" – Pat Boone 1957: "Diana" – Paul Anka 1958: "Jailhouse Rock" – Elvis Presley 1959: "Living Doll" – Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
(UK) 1960: "It's Now or Never" – Elvis Presley 1961: "Wooden Heart" – Elvis Presley 1962: "I Remember You" – Frank Ifield (UK) 1963: "She Loves You" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1964: "Can't Buy Me Love" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1965: "Tears" – Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
(UK) 1966: "Green, Green Grass of Home" – Tom Jones (UK) 1967: "Release Me" – Engelbert Humperdinck (UK) 1968: "Hey Jude" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1969: "Sugar, Sugar" – The Archies

1970–1989

1970: "The Wonder of You" – Elvis Presley 1971: "My Sweet Lord" – George Harrison
George Harrison
(UK) 1972: "Amazing Grace" – The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Band (UK) 1973: "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" – Tony Orlando and Dawn 1974: "Tiger Feet" – Mud (UK) 1975: "Bye Bye Baby" – Bay City Rollers
Bay City Rollers
(UK) 1976: "Save Your Kisses for Me" – Brotherhood of Man
Brotherhood of Man
(UK) 1977: "Mull of Kintyre" / "Girls' School" – Wings (UK) 1978: "Rivers of Babylon" / "Brown Girl in the Ring" – Boney M. 1979: "Bright Eyes" – Art Garfunkel 1980: "Don't Stand So Close to Me" – The Police
The Police
(UK) 1981: "Don't You Want Me" – The Human League
The Human League
(UK) 1982: "Come On Eileen" – Dexys Midnight Runners
Dexys Midnight Runners
(UK) 1983: "Karma Chameleon" – Culture Club
Culture Club
(UK) 1984: "Do They Know It's Christmas?" – Band Aid (UK) 1985: "The Power of Love" – Jennifer Rush 1986: "Don't Leave Me This Way" – The Communards (UK) 1987: "Never Gonna Give You Up" – Rick Astley
Rick Astley
(UK) 1988: "Mistletoe and Wine" – Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
(UK) 1989: "Ride on Time" – Black Box

1990–2009

1990: "Unchained Melody" – The Righteous Brothers 1991: "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" – Bryan Adams 1992: "I Will Always Love You" – Whitney Houston 1993: "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" – Meat Loaf 1994: "Love Is All Around" – Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
(UK) 1995: "Unchained Melody" – Robson & Jerome (UK) 1996: "Killing Me Softly" – Fugees 1997: "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997" – Elton John
Elton John
(UK) 1998: "Believe" – Cher 1999: "...Baby One More Time" – Britney Spears 2000: "Can We Fix It?" – Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder
(UK) 2001: "It Wasn't Me" – Shaggy featuring Rikrok
Rikrok
(UK) 2002: "Anything Is Possible" / "Evergreen" – Will Young
Will Young
(UK) 2003: "Where Is the Love?" – The Black Eyed Peas 2004: "Do They Know It's Christmas?" – Band Aid 20 (UK) 2005: "Is This the Way to Amarillo" – Tony Christie
Tony Christie
featuring Peter Kay (UK) 2006: "Crazy" – Gnarls Barkley 2007: "Bleeding Love" – Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis
(UK) 2008: "Hallelujah" – Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke
(UK) 2009: "Poker Face" – Lady Gaga

2010–present

2010: "Love the Way You Lie" – Eminem
Eminem
featuring Rihanna 2011: "Someone Like You" – Adele
Adele
(UK) 2012: "Somebody That I Used to Know" – Gotye
Gotye
featuring Kimbra 2013: "Blurred Lines" – Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke
featuring T.I.
T.I.
& Pharrell Williams 2014: "Happy" – Pharrell Williams 2015: "Uptown Funk" – Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
(UK) featuring Bruno Mars 2016: "One Dance" – Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla (UK) 2017: "Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
(UK)

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