Alexandra Burke calls for X-Factor return of Tufnell Park singer Sophie Habibis

X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke praised the “lovely spirit” of fellow Islington singer Sophie Habibis and says she should get another chance after Frankie Cocozza was kicked off.

Alexandra was a guest judge when Sophie, 20, from Tufnell Park, was booted off the show in October after losing a sing-off with contestant Misha B.

Yesterday at her former school Elizabeth Garatt Anderson in Donegal Street, Islington, where she launched a �300,000 runaway children project, Alexandra called for Sophie to be reinstated now Frankie, 18, has been axed for boasting about cocaine use.

Alexandra, 23, the 2008 X Factor champion, said: “Sophie was great. She had such a lovely spirit. I think they should bring her back.”

It is understood however that one of the four acts sent home by the X-Factor judges in the first live show will be voted back in by the public this weekend.


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Alexandra stood by her controversial claims that Frankie was not taking the competition seriously.

She continued: “Hopefully this can be his light at the end of the tunnel and he can work hard and take things more seriously. I wish him all the best.

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“I don’t care about age because I was only 20. During my time on X-Factor social networking sites, Facebook Myspace and Twitter, were not allowed, there was a 9.30pm curfew and we were lucky even to see our family at weekends. It was very strict. Now they seem to have more freedom which may not be a bad thing. But when you’re at a young age the danger is you can take advantage of the situation. I can’t judge but just from what I saw he didn’t take things very seriously.”

Alexandra said her favourites in the competition were Misha B, Craig and Marcus.

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