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X-Factor Andy returns tipping Alexandra

PUBLISHED: 15:59 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:20 23 August 2010

Andy Abraham of United Kingdom performs during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 at Belgrade Arena on May 24, 2008. Eurovision 2008 features a record 43 countries, and the event is beamed out to an estimated 100 million viewers in nations beyond the continent, including the United States and Australia.    AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Andy Abraham of United Kingdom performs during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 at Belgrade Arena on May 24, 2008. Eurovision 2008 features a record 43 countries, and the event is beamed out to an estimated 100 million viewers in nations beyond the continent, including the United States and Australia. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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X FACTOR runner-up Andy Abraham has tipped songstress Alexandra Burke to win this year s grand final on Saturday. The platinum-selling soul man, who came close to winning the coveted reality TV title back in 2005, believes the 20-year-old starlet has wha

X FACTOR runner-up Andy Abraham has tipped songstress Alexandra Burke to win this year's grand final on Saturday.

The platinum-selling soul man, who came close to winning the coveted reality TV title back in 2005, believes the 20-year-old starlet has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of stars Leona Lewis and Leon Jackson by scooping the £1 million recording contract.

Abraham, 44, will be showcasing his own blend of songs with classic hits at Woodville Halls, Gravesend, for one night only as part of a national tour on February 9, 2009.

And he is looking to forge a reputation as a talented songwriter in his own right after releasing his third album Even If In June.

He said: "My favourite performer in the X Factor this year has been Diana, but she tailed off in recent weeks. So if I had to pick a winner I'd go for Alexandra. She's very, very consistent.

"I was pleased to give Shayne a run for his money back in 2005. The papers had put him so far in front and many other contestants had real star quality, so I was up against it. But it takes certain performances, styles and stories to put you in the frame.

"I want to change people's perception of me. Just because they've heard me sing Unforgettable and Mrs Jones doesn't mean I don't know how to get down."

Abraham, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, sold more than 170,000 albums with his debut release The Impossible Dream in 2006, while his follow-up Soul Man charted in the Top-20 later that year.

The singer's 'rags to riches' story and inspired performances won over the British public on the X Factor back in 2005 - he lost out in the final by just 1.2 per cent of the public vote to heartthrob Shayne Ward.

But the former binman is delighted to have enjoyed the success he has and is looking forward to coming back to north Kent for the one-off show, having gone down a storm at both the Dartford Festival and Christmas lights switch-on earlier this year.

He said: "The tour's going really well. We've had standing ovations everywhere we've been so far. I've been to north Kent a few times.

"The new album Even If was written by me and features songs of a personal nature. It was like a way to move forward from the whole covers thing. I'm trying to make my career sustainable and make people realise that I'm about more than just the X Factor."

Alexandra Burke, group JLS and Eoghan Quigg are to appear in the final on ITV this Saturday.

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