“Hallelujah - it’s Donegal here I come!”

One of the most successful acts to emerge from the X-Factor is all set to grace the boards in Donegal Town this weekend and is guaranteed to set many pulses racing with her upbeat and raunchy non - stop performance.

One of the most successful acts to emerge from the X-Factor is all set to grace the boards in Donegal Town this weekend and is guaranteed to set many pulses racing with her upbeat and raunchy non - stop performance.

There is no doubt that the 2008 X Factor winner will bring a lot of positivity to the stage in Donegal Town this Friday (25th.) and Alexandra Burke has expressed a genuine excitement at the prospect of playing in Ireland and particularly in Donegal after hearing of the overwhelming support for her in the 2008 X Factor and her subsequent sales here and has promised an “entertainment spectacular” and urges all her fans to come out and support this great family event.

A pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer and model Burke was exposed to music from an early age, with her mother being the lead singer of Soul II Soul. Alexandra rose to fame after winning the fifth series of British television series The X Factor in 2008. Burke currently stands as one of the most successful winners of The X Factor and she is currently signed to four record labels.

After winning The X Factor, Burke released the winner’s single and Debut single “Hallelujah”, which became the current European record holder for single sales over a period of 24 hours, the song sold 105,000 in one day. The song also 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 one million copies in the UK alone, a first for a British female soloist and she went onto release her debut album, Overcome, in 2009, which debuted at number-one on the UK Album Charts and spawned four number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Charts.

Burke said, “I’m not super human, I’m just Alexandra from North London who just happens to have some very successful recordings.

“It’s been a lot of hard work but the determination to succeed has brought the success which started off rather badly with rejection during the 2005 series of The X Factor, This only made my eventual victory in 2008 all the more sweeter.”

The personable singer said that in showbusiness like any other business you can never afford to be complacent. “Literally straight after I performed The Silence on The X Factor in

2010 I started recording for the second album - I knew I would not only have to take more risks but also take more control over the follow-up album.

“As well taking part in writing camps that would go on to produce a number of the songs on what would become ‘Heartbreak On Hold’ I also produced the whole thing.

“It basically meant that nothing got passed me and my say was the last and final say.

“One of the first decisions I made on a personal and professional level was to be more honest and open with her emotions. While Overcome could “With this album I just wanted to be totally honest. For me to be able to be the executive producer I had to make sure that I was more honest than I’ve ever been”.

Like all great pop music Heartbreak On Hold effortlessly wraps lyrical sadness in songs that make you want to dance. “It’s not by accident. I’m that person who always wants to turn a negative into a positive because it’s just the way I think.

“It’s upbeat and up tempo and I want to get Donegal dancing but I also want people to understand the deeper meaning behind the album.”

The chart topping singer has also revealed that she would be interested in judging The X Factor if she were asked.

She said that while she is currently focusing on her music career, she would definitely talk to Simon Cowell if he wanted her on the panel.

Burke appeared as a guest judge on last year’s series while covering for Kelly Rowland.

“I’m concentrating on my music at the moment, If given the opportunity I’m sure I would have a conversation with Simon about it.

“I know how the finalists feel - It was a grat honour to be asked to do it; it was scary but a great opportunity.”

“Just now, its Donegal Town this weekend and I’m told that the weather forecast is really looking good - let’s all get rocking!”

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