REVIEW: Alexandra Burke, Sheffield City Hall - PICS

Alexandra Burke performing at the City Hall in Sheffield
Alexandra Burke performing at the City Hall in Sheffield

NOT so very long ago Alexandra Burke was trembling wide-eyed on the X Factor stage, stunned to be singing alongside R&B superstar Beyonce Knowles.

At Sheffield City Hall on Tuesday night, Alexandra had the command of her own stage, the confident hip-wiggling big-hair-flicking moves of Mrs Jay-Z herself – and an excited audience including her mum Melissa Bell and celebrity choreographer Sisco Gomez eating out of the palm of her hand.

Alexandra Burke performing at the City Hall in Sheffield

Alexandra Burke performing at the City Hall in Sheffield

A fierce attitude, a medley of Destiny’s Child hits, and a powerful version of Listen – the emotional ballad from the soundtrack to movie Dreamgirls – showcased Alexandra as a credible British answer to her US heroine. And a high-energy, high-octane evening of belted-out ballads and catchy dance hits got fans up on their feet, clapping their hands, and – at Alexandra’s frequent insistence – “making some noise”.

She dressed in glittering gold for Broken Heels, floated in white against a backdrop of flickering candles for Hallelujah – the winner’s song which saw her crowned X Factor victor in 2008 – and pulled on a red-sequinned baseball cap for first single Bad Boys, her show’s encore.

Afterwards the 22-year-old headed straight to her BlackBerry to tweet messages of gratitude to her followers and fans on Twitter.

“Wooow! Sheffield!!!! I got too emotional on that stage! Thank you for giving me LIFE!!!” she tweeted, followed shortly afterwards by: “Thank you Sheffield for an amazing night! xx.”

Alexandra Burke performing at the City Hall in Sheffield

Alexandra Burke performing at the City Hall in Sheffield