All you USA Beasties who tuned into last night’s X Factor USA live show, got a really amazing and unexpected treat. Alexandra’s beautifully re-recorded version of Paul McCartney’s “Live & Let Die” was briefly featured as judges Simon Cowell, LA Reid, Demi Lovato and pop princess Britney Spears made their entrance.
Check out the clip above for a quick listen to the song. We can’t wait for the full version!
The X Factor have updated their official website with Alexandra’s own “Whose Time Is It Now” segment, taking us on a journey of her entire XF career, up until the live finals on December 13, 2008. Listen as Alexandra talks about some of her most memorable moments & more.
Alexandra, along with JLS, One Direction, Leona Lewis and Olly Murs are all featured in The X Factor’s latest promo for the upcoming season titled “Whose Time Is It Now?”. Check out what Alex had to say about winning the competition as well as your other XF favorites.
The Huffington Post UK has written a great article & review on last weekend’s X Factor where Alexandra served as replacement judge for Kelly Rowland.
Continue below to see what they thought of the show & about our girl.
X Factor may have had its challenges this week – The Risk losing a band member, Little Mix losing their name, judge Kelly Rowland losing her voice – but one of the show’s big winners over the weekend was undoubtedly Alexandra Burke.
Burke, previously a winner of the show in 2008, was drafted in at the last minute as bosses frantically scratched around for a replacement for the indisposed Rowland, who phoned in her sick note from sunny LA. Doctors had forbidden her to travel with her throat infection, she said – no mention of her on-air fisticuffs with rival judge Tulisa Contostavlos the week before.
From the outset of Saturday night’s performance, Burke showed she meant business, saying, “‘I’m here to back the girls, here for Kelly’s girls and ain’t taking any nonsense from this one over here,” she added, pointing to rival judge Louis Walsh.
And she chipped in with plenty of criticism of her own, calling Walsh’s act Kitty Brucknell a “cabaret singer”.
Walsh disagreed, leading Burke to conduct her own… what we’ll call doing a Rowland, shouting over her rival judge and finally finishing him off with an indisputable “Okay.com” – which then went to trend on Twitter, bizarrely.
Sunday night saw her move even more centre-stage, as two of Rowland’s girl acts – Misha B and Sophie Habibis – were forced to compete in the sing-off. Although Rowland was croaking away on the phone from LA with her votes and input, it was Burke who held the girls by the hand on stage, congratulated the show’s survivor, an emotional Misha B, and comforted the losing contestant Sophie.
Burke has been one of the X Factor’s biggest success stories, with her version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah! selling more than 100,000 copies in one day when it was released, and going on to become the UK’s best-selling single of the year. To date, she has sold more than 4 million records.
Despite her success, Burke can no doubt remember exactly how it feels to stand on the X Factor stage waiting with baited breath for judges and audience to deliver their verdict, and her empathy on Sunday night for all to see. In this, she differs from US star Kelly Rowland, who came to international fame with girl group Destiny’s Child.
While Kelly Rowland was mentioned regularly by all the judges over the course of both shows this weekend, she is clearly not having much fun on the show. It may be of comfort to Simon Cowell and other production chiefs that, if a permanent replacement judge does need to be found, a suitable candidate is very close at hand.
Alexandra appeared once again on last night’s results show of The X Factor as judge Kelly Rowland was still unable to make it to London.
After an upsetting nation-wide vote, two of Kelly’s girls Misha B and Sophie Habbibis wound up in the bottom two and had to face-off for their spot in next week’s show, leaving Alexandra heartbroken. How did things pan out for the girls?
Watch the footage from last night below & find out.
Here it is, Beasties! Alexandra stepped in at the 11th hour to fill in for Kelly Rowland who’s under the weather at the moment & she delivered an incredible job as a judge & guest mentor for the ‘Girls’ category.
Always remaining true to who she is, she gave each contestant honest feedback and constructive critisism, which really sat well with the viewers. All in all, she was phenomenal just as we all knew she’d be.
I would like to send a special thank you out to PBaxMC2 @ Youtube for uploading a special of Alex & all her commentary moments and also her moments from The Xtra Factor.
You may also visit the photo gallery to view pictures from the live show.
It has been announced that our girl, the undisputed Queen of X Factor will make her big return to the show tonight – not as a performer, but as guest judge filling in for Kelly Rowland.
After coming down with a throat infection earlier this week, Kelly was advised by doctors to not attend this week’s live shows. This is where Alexandra comes in: She will judge alongside Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and Gary Barlow as the remaining acts perform songs for the Halloween special.
Be sure to tune in to ITV1 tonight at 8pm, Beasties!
*** – Check out Alex’s segment from her guest judge spot on ‘So You Think You Can Dance?’ from earlier this year: right here!
Alex spoke with BBC’s Newsround about the new judge line-up on this years X Factor. Who is she most looking forward to seeing judge this season? How does she feel about the finals being held in front of thousands this year? Find out this and more below!