Sunday, 28 December 2008

Alexandra Burke at Number 1

The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke has taken the Christmas number one slot with Hallelujah, beating Jeff Buckley's version of the song into second place and pushing former X Factor winner Leona Lewis's Run into third place. Burke's single became the fastest-selling by a female solo artist, with 576,000 copies sold. Leonard Cohen wrote Hallelujah more than 20 years ago and his original version is at Number 36.

Official Charts Company (OCC) managing director Martin Talbot said: "chart placings at 1, 2 and 36 are remarkable for a 25-year-old song which has never previously reached the top 40."

It is the first time in almost 52 years that the same song has been at numbers one and two, according to the OCC. That was when Tommy Steele and Guy Mitchell held the top two spots with Singing The Blues in January 1957.

Alexandra comes from north London and lives with her mum who used to sing with Soul II Soul. She started singing at the age of 5 and when she was 9 years old she was passed the microphone at one of her mother’s gigs. Aged 12 Alexandra entered Star for a Night. She was the youngest person in the competition and was beaten to first place by Joss Stone.

In 2005 she auditioned for The X Factor and got through to the Judges Houses stage. However, Louis said she was too young and ended her X Factor dream in Dublin. However she didn't give up and her tenacity – and talent have paid off. Bravo Alexandra!

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