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Saturday, 13 December, 2008

Alexandra Burke wins X Factor 2008

As had widely been predicted, Alexandra Burke won the X Factor 2008, with JLS in second place.

Alexandra was so emotional after her win that she could barely speak, managing only to say a thankyou to the judges, and to tell everyone at home that her single was ‘for everyone who voted for me’.

JLS were the perfect gentlemen in defeat, thanking everyone and commenting that they hoped they could still have a career in the music industry.

With Cheryl Cole as the victorious judge it means that after Dannii’s victory last year the rookie judge has again won the competition.


  1. It’s getting to be like the qualifications for being a newspeader on 5. You have to be white, blond and Scottish.

    First Leona and now Alexandra (you get my drift).

    Don’t get me wrong, she’s very talented, but hardly ground-breaking.

    Still, at leat JLS didn’t win. They really aren’t all that, as well as which the Oirish pixie would have been even more insufferable if they had won. (I’m Irish, so I’m allowed to say that).

    Comment by Viscount Ednam — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 22:57

  2. OMG! i can not belive that Alexandra Won…. she may be a good singer but shes just the same as all the others… leona, mariah, n christina… JLS were original and theres no band like em’ i cant believe it!!!!

    Comment by lauren — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 22:59

  3. Well done Alex, the best singer won and thank god that Eoughan cam 3rd and hands up 2 JLS, good luck for the future Alex!

    Comment by Alex2win — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 23:00

  4. I am so unhappy that Jls didn’t win the x-factor every year it seems boy girl boy girl wins the x-factor yeh Alexandra is a good singer but there is no difference between her and Leona Lewis its the same all over again. Jls should of won that hands down there needs to be something different that comes from the x-factor and Jls were the band to do it.

    Comment by Lisa — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 23:10

  5. X Factor is a singing contest, and the best singer won

    Well done, Alexandra

    Comment by Nish — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 23:11

  6. The result - thank Goodness for that after last year’s fiasco.
    Alexandra is the most incredibly talented singer - head and shoulders above the rest.
    JLS are extremely good but dwarfed by Alexandra.
    So Alexandra and Leona are not ‘white blond and Scottish’ should that disqualify them from winning when they are so obviously the best?

    Comment by Theresa — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 23:14

  7. How boring! Although Alexandra could sing she was not that special. I have a feeling it is all fixed anyway.
    It has been going on too long now, they need a different format. JLS will be the main winners eventually I am sure.

    Comment by Adam Rodgers — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 23:16

  8. Well done Alex. My favourites were Austin and Ruth but with those gone Alex went from strength to strength.
    I am fed up hearing people compare her to Leona. So they are both young, talented, black females but I am sure there is a lot more to both of them than that.Please try to look a little deeper.Personally I find Leona’s voice more impresssive but Alex more interesting and I like that she can move too.

    Comment by Emma — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 23:27

  9. I can’t believe she won to be fair to her she has an amazing voice but it’s like all the others out there leona, beyonce, Mariah, Whitney she isn’t unique thank god eoghen didn’t win his voice was so plain like water I wanted
    Jls to win but
    I especially wanted diana vickers to win I thought she was amazing but hopefully alexandra will have a good career

    Comment by Chris — Saturday, 13 December, 2008 @ 23:38

  10. Alexandra was the deserved winner. Three Faultless perfomances on the night which were all in a league of their own compared to the other acts. She is world class, and she proved this singing with Beyonce Knowles. Her version of ‘Listen’ was breath taking. Finally a show that isn’t a popularity contest and a raw talent show. She is phenominal and hopefully has a big career ahead of her. She has the looks, the moves, and most importantly, a heart-stopping voice. CONGRATS ALEX!

    Comment by Oli Kirk — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 00:28

  11. Well done alex! That duet with beyonce was OUTSTANDING!

    Comment by Ash — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 01:05

  12. It’s a fix. For weeks Simon Cowell has been talking Alexandra up and then she gets teamed up with Beyonce in the final. Say no more!

    Comment by Hoople — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 02:19

  13. So was being teamed with West Life or Boyzone inferieor to being teamed with Betonce? Please be sensible - she was teamed with an appropriate star as is normal.
    The reason Simon has spoken well of Alexandra is becaue she is of such outstanding talent and quality.
    Note also - this isn’t a competition against previous winners, it’s between current sontestants. The fact tha the bestt his year is in a similar vein to two years ago is utterly irrelevant.

    Comment by Theresa — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 09:07

  14. The reason all the others are there: Beyonce, Mariah, Leona, is because they are talented and sell records. Alexandra is the same - a diva in the making. I think she will go from strength to stength and has potential as a great dancer aswell. All the best Alex -you go girl!!

    Comment by Marie — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 10:13

  15. @ Comment 12,
    Simon had been talking Alex as well JLS and Eoghan if you were watchin the show properly week in week out.
    I too have been making good comments about Alex based on what i see every week, cmom that gurl is great!
    If JLS, Eoghan or Diana won, it would have been a pure fix.What happened last has proven to me its not fixed after all, especially after what we saw last year.

    Rihanna, we learnt was meant to team up with JLS but it chnaged last minuite, so the fact that Beyonce eventually showed up to duet with Alexandra was Alex perfect opportunity to shine and oooh! perfect Combo as well.Wht yu dont know is tht she would have either nailed tht song with Beyonce or Murderd it, and she nailed it.

    ****But hang on,were you exepcting Beyonce to Duet with Eoghan so that he will win? ha ha ha, !!!Joke.*****.

    Congrats to a true Deserving Winner.

    Comment by lunmsy — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 12:20

  16. I wanted JLS to win boo hoo…..dont they sound like spoilt children!!!
    JLS didn’t win because the majority vote was for Alexandra who was exceptional and gave an outstanding performance, which was obviously enjoyed by the voting public…..hence the right result!!
    For anyone to say that the title was undeserved by Alexandra, well that is just sour grapes and I think that you should accept the democratic decision and grow up!!
    Leona Lewis has nothing to do with this at all, but was brought into it by the first (and most ridiculous) comment by Viscount Ednam.
    It would seem to me that what this deranged individual is trying to say is that you need to be black to win the x factor and was saying that Leona and Alexandra being black is equivalent to the white, blonde and Scottish “qualifications” needed to be a newsreader on 5.
    This person also thinks that he can call people names such as oirish pixie just because he says that he is Irish and is allowed to do so……well I disagree and think not!! I am also of the opinion that he is a biggot and a racist who didnt have a nice word to say about anybody……why the hell did he even watch the show in the first place!!!!

    Comment by Rob — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 14:44

  17. No unfotunately you miss the point totally. The significance of Alexandra being with Beyonce is that she was teamed up with an current mega international superstar and the other 2 acts were with has beens trying to re-establish themselves. You only needed to look at all the Saturday papers to see who was getting all the pre-show publiclty.
    Alexandra like the other winners will get her moment of fame and then disappear without trace. Leona Lewis she’s not.
    At least Diana or JLS would have been something a little different.
    And yes I have been watching the show week in & week out. Thank you.

    Comment by Hoople — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 15:03

  18. On the night, the best singer with by far the best voice stole the show, nobody else even came close to her superstar performances, well done Alex. If JLS had won it would have been just another boy band to add to the list and if Eoghan had won it would have been a travesty as quite simply, he can’t sing! Diana Vickers seemed to have an interesting voice but went down the pan after her throat problem, she actually reminded me of The Cranberries! But getting back to Alex, she was the only singer who had the type of voice that truly moves you because of all the heart felt emotion she put into every song and performance. A superb singer and a truly worthy winner.

    Comment by Gary — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 15:43

  19. The voting results for the whole series have been released on the x factor website. There is something very strange about them. JLS were in the top three until mid way through and then they climb again. Not sure what was going on there! The thing that baffles me the most though is that Eoghan and Diana were practically the top two all the way through until show eight where the table seems to turn upside down. I’m wondering if this was the point where the sun and other newspapers started their hate campaign against those two. It seems really strange that Eoghan could be at the top every week before that and then lose so many votes. Alexandra was mediocre all the way through (as shown by the results). JLS were getting more or just slightly less than her two weeks before the final. I don’t believe she should have won, the votes show she was not consistently a favourite. She sang every song exactly like the original. The judges said at the beginning of this series that they were looking for something different this year - she is not different! A good singer she is but there was better in the competition.

    Comment by Nicola — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 19:37

  20. For those of you who suggested that the final was fixed is beyond ignorant! It’s actually quite insulting to people like me who voted 50 times last night for Alex!

    If you watched back the video, JLS really didn’t sing their version of Hallelujah very well, some parts were a little pitchy. On the other hand Alex totally nailed it!! I was so self shocked as I never thought this song can be performed by a soulful R&B voice. The final performance really sealed Alex the victory.

    Comment by Ivan — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 20:08

  21. To be honest, Im sick and tired of hearing the Alexandra is the same as Leona, Mariah etc. If you even stopped for a moment to hear her amazing voice, you’d soon realise that thats a load of rubbish. She has a unique voice that none of the other female singers out there have, so stop comparing her for goodness sake! Its pathetic, she won so be just be happy for her.
    JLS are great guys, but lets face it they cant actually sing! If you see past their good looks and personality, they’re just a group of nice guys who cant harmonize to save their lives! Only Aston seems to be able to do a descent solo, I think you need a singing talent to win the X Factor?!

    Comment by AlexFan — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 20:47

  22. “its a fix!” yawn.. i knew it wouldnt be long before some people claimed that. westlife are not “has beens”
    and if i remember rightly leona sang with take that and it can be argued that they are “has beens” which disproves your theory hoople. if simon was fixing it he would have made sure he had a big star to perform with her to seal the deal.
    personally i wanted JLS to win but i think alexandra deserved it.
    people cant be that fed up of mariahs and whitneys etc because she got the majority vote. its that simple

    Comment by lindsay — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 21:46

  23. Hoople,
    If Alex was getting the shows pre publicity on saturday papers…That was her moment,Good for her.
    If it was bcos she teamed with a current mega super star such as Beyonce, Wow! still very good for her.
    Understand if it was Leon jackson that was being teamed and publicised like that,then we can all accept that there is something seriously wrong with show.

    And who, may i ask, as an international mega star would you have wanted Boyband JLS and Irish Owen to team up with bearing in mind that You need to find the perfect match to suite their vocal range and style of music? Heloooooooo?????

    Alexandra will go very far in the industry, or who knows, even better than Leona Lewis.
    And sorry, but JLS or Diana would not have been anything too Uniquely different from what Alex can capably become, and she’ll remain around for a very long time.Ability to deliver under rigirous pressures is exactly what Alex has done and will continue to do..

    There’s no Fix! Alex is a true worthwhile deserving winner all the way.

    Comment by lunmsy — Sunday, 14 December, 2008 @ 23:13

  24. I rang none stop to vote for GLS from the time the lines opened to the time the lines shut.I never got through as the lines were engaged all the time.
    I dont mean ring, then a few mins later ring again I mean ringing every second.How can extra votes been taken when there must be a limit.Or did they have more lines For A.Burke. Did any one else have this problem.

    Comment by Sis Plant — Monday, 15 December, 2008 @ 07:40

  25. Alexandra was teamed with Beyonce because she was up to matching such superstar standards - Beyonce would have drowned the others. If Alexandra was not as amazingly talented as she is Beyonce would have left her looking pretty foolish. The fact that she was a total match for Beyonce says it all about why she won.
    As for the change in scores - simple: 1) as acts were dropping out of the competition those who voted for them were moving their votes to others, clearly they moved to the best acts 2) after Laura was voted out more people realised that they had to start voting for real performers and not for lame ducks.
    Diana is very musically talented but her voice is Marmite - she will only ever have a limited following so she couldn’t get enough votes together to win such a competition.
    Eoghan - is also talented but his voiice is very very immature. People supported him because he is cute and wanted him to do well - for a while there I thought we might have another Leon Jackson on our hands which would be both bad for the competition and bad for the boy. Leon has sunk, as expected, as he is such a poor singer (remember the amateurish performance a few shows ago where he ended up with dry throat like a school baoy who has been doing his first solo - that a year into his ‘professional’ experience?). Eoghan has far more basic talent that Leon and it would have been a tragedy to have seen him riouned by pushing him too soon.
    Eoghan - take a leaf from Alexandra’s book - come back in a few years when you are ready.

    Comment by Theresa — Monday, 15 December, 2008 @ 09:09

  26. Despite saying that I wasnt going to, I did try to vote for J.L.S, several times, but couldn’t get through. Anyway I am just glad that Eughon didnt win as he wasnt very good at all really. Aexandra does have a better voice, but I just thought J.L.S were a bit different and they sounded very classy when they sang in harmony. However Alexandra was a worthy winner, but oh how the tears and emotion grated on me, the over dramatics, and I lost count of how many times she said ” oh my god”. I kept thinking, if she says that one more time, I will scream. I am an oldie, and these young people who think that their life begins and ends on whether or not they win a singing competition, have a lot to learn.

    Comment by jenny — Monday, 15 December, 2008 @ 16:59

  27. Is the uk deaf or just stupid… I have read several reviews and have noted several comments. You have to feel sorry for many contestants for not making the final. However, on the night the producers and Simon where shambolic. The camera work during several performances (not Alexandra’s) was awfull. The microphones used by the little Irish man and JLS where not corrctly set up (very low) and therefore hearing them was near impossible until halfway through a track. Oh Alex’s was fine…. As for the Oscar winning tears during the duet, from a girl who had previously met Beyonce backstage at wembly earlier this year?? Acting career might spring to mind… What really took the biscuit was a previous comment (25) comparing Alexandra to Beyonce… Two words “Vocal Range”…. Need I say more… Hence why Leona has hammered the US market, she like Beyonce has a massive vocal range unlike Alex…. Several blogs say the phones were rigged… We will never prove such alegations… Diana was a bit of a Maramite, but I have to say I loved her… thought see was another Eva Cassidy… Someone prove me wrong please… Good luck to all the contestants once there allowed to attempt to record (after the x factor tour) I’ll be buying anything Diana puts out…

    Comment by Rick — Monday, 15 December, 2008 @ 18:02

  28. alexandra is the best singer in the world! i knew from the start that she was going to win and i’m so glad she did!, i just love her voice she is incredible and she deserved to win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by cheryl — Tuesday, 16 December, 2008 @ 13:45

  29. Alexandra Burke is just another Leona Lewis, sounds like my cat when i step on it’s tail and has the personality of a wet fish. When will people in this country stop buying into this rubbish that is clearly fixed to line the pockets of Simon Cowell. This years number one, next years charity shop shelf filler.

    Comment by Alan — Wednesday, 17 December, 2008 @ 16:36

  30. @ Comment 29,
    Rubbish Alan! A pity you can tell the diff between Alex and Leona.
    Absolute Crap! Next year, she’ll be selling millions of records worldwide.
    Watch out and see.

    Comment by lunmsy — Wednesday, 17 December, 2008 @ 20:41

  31. Xfactor????
    Alexandra no more has the xfactor..
    i think shes like the rest
    Eoghan has an incredible voice.
    i have heard him live back at home n he has such an
    outstanding, soft voice. i think he did extremly well and saying we didnt get to vote over here i still believe he was to be the winner as he missed out on all of our votes!
    welldone Eoghan :)

    Comment by Laurie — Sunday, 21 December, 2008 @ 19:39

  32. “Perfect gentlemen”? I beg to differ! I could see their eyes when Alexandra’s win was announced. JLS really didn’t take it very well. They looked angry and incredulous, as if they hadn’t even doubted their victory! For me, seeing their reaction was this X-Factor’s saddest moment.

    I’m very happy for Alexandra, she’s an extremely gifted person and she deserves it big time, but I still believe the final had to be between Rachel and Diana. Everybody else have talent; but those two ladies are unique performers, they’re a cut above the rest. Great shame.

    Comment by Fresie — Sunday, 21 December, 2008 @ 21:47

  33. This is in response to comment 25. Theresa do you work for the x factor? The reason I ask is that you seem to talk like it was you who decided that Alex was superstar material and should have been teamed with Beyonce and the rest were crap so weren’t. This is utter rubbish! JLS could have been teamed with Justin Timberlake and got on well or Rhianna or whatever her name is. Eoghan could have been matched with McFly or something along those lines but better known. At the end of the day they gave everyone what was on offer. I agree with others that it was very unfair that Alex got Beyonce. At the time she was the only one out of the three (Boyzone and Westlife included) with a top ten hit. The public clearly voted for who they liked best out of Beyonce, Boyzone and Westlife, or they voted for the person most in their head like the general public tend to do. If fanta is flavour of the month that is what they’ll go for and they snub pepsi.

    As for your comment about Diana having a limited following. This may be true but a least she will have a loyal limited following. Unlike Alex whose only fans will be Joe Public who next year will be into somebody else, just like all the others who have been before her. Most likely the latest manfactured pop crap that has been rushed out and will be forgotten about. Diana Vickers has the potential to do very well and only people who like real music, written by real musicians (i.e. Jeff Buckely and Leonard Cohen) will truely get her.

    Comment by Nicola — Wednesday, 24 December, 2008 @ 18:54

  34. @ comment 33,
    I beg to defer Nicola but you and I know fully well Rihanna was initially teamed with JLS but she pulled out at the last moment to do her US tour, and had to be replaced by Westlife.what else do you expect wen their mentor is Louise walsh and proud of his previous and present acts?
    I totally agree with Theresa’s comment no 25, even if she does not work for the X factor, but her points are very true and valid and in response to comment 12 and 17, who feel Alex won bcos she was teamed with a current mega star.It does not chnage Alex’s status, and wont have been any different if it were JLS or EOGHAN.

    Its the show’s producers and mentors responsible for teaming their acts with the right guest Stars.In my opinion, Justin timberlake would not have been rightly suited for JLS except if they wanted to display some vocal harmony, bcos their styles would have been so differnt and it would not work..even maybe a disaster..

    Alex won, not just cos of beyonce, but she’s amazingly talented, vocally and performance wise, and she’ll go very far in the music biz too..
    JLS, as you’ll see from everyones comments,both from this blog and you-tube are simply @” FIT” or Gorgeous…no one has stress on their singing ability or true star talent / qaulities!!! that should tell you something.

    Comment by lunmsy — Thursday, 1 January, 2009 @ 20:38

  35. watch the ad on itv, it shows alexander putting her hand up to her mouth in shock just before her name is called out! look closely.

    Comment by wendy — Saturday, 3 January, 2009 @ 10:48

  36. There is a few things i would like to point out. One of these is that no one can deny alexandra burkes talent… She has quite a bit of it, so those people who are saying she doesnt, are either tone deaf, or incredibly jealous. Next, singing with beyonce will not have damaged alexandras chances, but it was an amazing duet, which showed alexandras true voice. It was incredible the first time, on her own, but to hear it with the original singer just shows you how talented she actually is. One more thing. People should stop comparing leona lewis and alexandra burke. They are both amazing, but leona is far better. She has the ability to hit whistle notes, and more power than alexandra… Remember i will always love you? She is also far more likeable… Alexandra has slagged off mariah carey since winning, and she is overconfident. Leona is still a shy girl, and this leads me to believe she has so much more to show us, and i cant wait. Alexandra did deserve to win on the night. But just because they are the only two women to have won, people compare, but dont with shayne ward and leon jackson, or even steve brookstein… A little sexist if you ask me

    Comment by Nicole — Monday, 2 February, 2009 @ 04:19

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