Alexandra "My year has been amazing"

It's champagne and cake all round, as Alexandra Burke turned 22 on Wednesday.

Story by Capital's showbiz reporter Kevin Hughes

The Islington star is busily promoting new single Start without you but is making sure she celebrates her big day in style today.

In the past year the former X Factor winner has scored a No.1 album with Overcome, performed at both the Capital Jingle Bell and Summertime Balls and picked up a Glamour Award.

So how would Alexandra sum up the past 12 months? This year has been just magical, amazing- truly amazing, she told us whilst looking after pet dog Alfie.

But if youre thinking of buying Alexandra a present, what do you get her? "Teddy bears are always good for me and you can never go wrong with a handbag- trust me lads, all girls love a new handbag! I've not actually asked my friends and family for anything special, but we'll celebrate in style this week, thats for sure.  And is label boss Simon Cowell getting her anything? Ive no idea. Ive not asked for anything this year, Im just working.

Alexandra also confirmed to us that she is already working on production ideas for her forthcoming 2011 UK Tour. Tour dates are yet to be announced but we expect an announcement in the next few weeks. Alexandra told us she will help produce the show. I am so excited. Ive got the show in my head but I cant work out what I want my stage to look like, so Im having lots of ideas to discuss ideas. Im always taking inspiration from other artists so I now just cant wait to get it going.

The All Night Long singer is also about to re-issue her debut album with extra tracks later this year. I cant tell you too much about the new tracks but there is another new duet coming, with an amazing group.

So what does Alexandra want to have achieved by her 25th birthday? I definitely want to have won some awards, possibly a Brit and Id love to have started my acting career and a clothing line. So naturally we asked what her ideal acting role would be.  Oh action, all the way, starring opposite Angelina Jolie, she joked. Salt 2- Im there or the next Avatar.

Happy Birthday Alexandra, from all of us at Capital.

Start Without You is available for download on September 5th.

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