Emotional Alexandra Burke admits she broke down in tears during Chess audition

Alexandra Burke has admitted she cried in front of Abba stars Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus during her audition for the musical Chess because she channeled painful emotions from when her parents split up.

The X Factor winner told ITV’s Lorraine Kelly she tries to perform in "the realist way possible" and during her audition one particular song forced her to dig deep into her memories.

Alexandra said: "One of the songs in particular they’ve added is called He’s a Man, He’s a Child.

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"Whenever I do any acting I have to do it in the realist way I can and so i put it to real life situations and that song in particular I put it down to when my mum and my dad split up and she was left with the four kids.

"So every time I sing that song, and I did it in front of Benny and Bjorn, I just burst into tears because it just brought up something for me I’ve never felt before."

She went on to say she has not cried in front of a live audience yet, but she has to try to "control it" to keep her emotions at bay.


Alexandra, who is in a starring role in the first revival of the West End musical, added she has been dealing with crippling anxiety for years and since her stint on Strictly Come Dancing her lack of confidence has increased.

She said: "Whatever’s for you never passes you by.

"I want to take each day as it comes but my anxiety has gone through the roof in recent months which is de to personal life situations but I’m trying my absolute best to be open about it, to help others talk about their issues and not be afraid of it."

Alexandra’s new album, called The Truth Is, deals with the issue in detail with the title song being focused on her mother, who died late last year.

Lorraine airs on ITV weekdays from 8.30am.

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