Former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke “sad to see it go”

The X Factor winner has spoken about the show's cancellation after 15 years.

Alexandra Burke

Alexandra Burke has said she is “actually quite sad” to see The X Factor leave our screens after winning the reality competition 13 years ago.

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The Bad Boys singer, who won the show in 2008, told The Guardian that she was disappointed to hear the ITV series was being discontinued last month, adding: “I did have a wonderful experience on it.”

When asked whether her experience on The X Factor had been a positive one, Burke said: “I had a mum in the industry so you couldn’t walk over me – not with the mother I had.

“My mum would be there and she’d be very strong. Not everyone has that person in their life.”

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ITV confirmed in July that The X Factor would not be returning for another series after 15 years on the air.

Burke competed on the fifth series of The X Factor, beating out JLS and Eoghan Quigg in the final with her duet of Listen alongside Beyoncé.
“I only found out about that less than 24 hours before. Simon [Cowell] gave me the call at midnight. He’d just secured the deal and said: ‘Kid, we’ve got Beyoncé singing with you tomorrow.’ I hung up the phone and then called him back to say: ‘Sorry, babe, did you say Beyoncé?’,” Burke said.
“When Beyoncé arrived, I walked in, I cried. I wasted all our rehearsal time crying. Her mum [Tina Knowles] cried. Cheryl [Cole] cried. Everyone’s crying because I’m telling Beyoncé how much I love her.”
After winning, Burke went on to secure UK number one hits with Hallelujah, Bad Boys and Start Without You. 
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