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Monday, December 15, 2008

Alexandra Burke: The Broad Who Won 'The X Factor' Releases 'Hallelujah' As First Single

You may recall that Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" proved to be a smashing success on American Idol early this year when it was performed by dreadlocked goon Jason Castro.

Never one to leave any water in a well, Simon Cowell decided to turn "Hallelujah" into dollar signs for his British show The X Factor. Alexandra Burke, who was crowned the winner of the reality show contest, tearfully performed the tune after her triumph, and sees "Hallelujah" released in the U.K. this week as her debut single.

She initially performed the Cohen classic as a duet* with Beyoncé during the final round of the series, much as Leon Jackson teamed up with Kylie Minogue at the end of last year's X Factor season.

So, basically, X Factor + "Hallelujah" x Christmas = $£$£$£$£$!!

Meanwhile, at a concert at London's 02 Arena Saturday night, Elton John announced that he'd rather have his "cock bitten off by an Alsatian" than perform on The X Factor. That said, he and Alexandra Burke are set to perform together on New Year's Eve.

Here's Burke doing "Hallelujah":



* apparently if I'd have paid more attention to wherever I skimmed this info over from, I'd have seen, as Dan points out, that they didn't perform "Hallelujah" together.

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6 Comments:

  • At 4:00 PM, Blogger John said…

    I just saw Cowell's mom's spleen up for sale on Craigslist. Shoulda seen that coming...

     
  • At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Dan said…

    Alexandra didnt sing Hallelujah with Beyonce, they did LISTEN.
    Hallelujah was the winners song which both acts performed once and then alexandra performed it again (tearfully) after her win being announced. ;)

     
  • At 8:04 AM, Anonymous Dan said…

    HA! thankx for the mention on the post, that made me chuckle :)

     
  • At 11:19 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Dan, no problem—thank you.

    John, the only thing Cowell ever did was Sinitta. And, oh, I'm sure he did her good.

     
  • At 5:08 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    I didn't really keep up with this X-Factor, except to watch them perform Hero over and over and over and over again, but that finale with Alexandra was a tear-jerker! Not as emotionally investing as the Kelly win back from S1 of AI, but amazing nonetheless!

     
  • At 8:34 PM, Blogger Michael said…

    I really like Alexandra but it seems almost sacrilegious as an X-Factor winner's song.

     

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