Alexandra Burke

Friday 10 September 2021

Alexandra Burke ‘Heartbreak On Hold’ “I’m not super human, I’m just Alexandra from North London,” says Alexandra Burke.


Yes, she is indeed ‘just’ Alexandra Burke from North London, but she’s also the 2008 winner of The X Factor, a three-time chart-topper on the singles chart (her debut, a stirring cover of Hallelujah, sold 105,000 copies on its first day of release) and the creator of a UK number 1 album, Overcome, that features collaborations with the likes of Flo Rida (on the amazing Bad Boys) Ne-Yo and RedOne.

She can belt out a ballad with the best of them (as shown by her beautiful duet with Beyonce during The X Factor final) and she brings energy in abundance once the tempo shifts up a gear, as on her dancefloor-slaying 2012 collaboration with Erick Morillo, Elephant. She may not be super human, but in pop terms she’s not exactly of this world either. That’s not to say that Alexandra doesn’t work hard for her success. In fact, it’s this determination to succeed that’s come to define a career that started with rejection during the 2005 series of The X Factor, but which only made her eventual victory all the sweeter.

A favourite to win from the start thanks to an obvious versatility and a voice saturated in emotion, her position as the nation’s favourite was cemented by her determination to take the opportunity the show gave her and kickstart a proper career, not just become a flash in the pan.