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Burke tour 'inspired by Michael Jackson'

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Alexandra Burke

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Alexandra Burke has revealed that her tour is inspired by Michael Jackson's live performances.

The pop siren, who is gearing up for her first headline tour in 2011, admits that she is nervous about the UK jaunt, and has watched Michael Jackson's This Is It DVD a number of times to learn how to command the stage.

"Going on tour is nerve-wracking in case it doesn't work," she told the Daily Record. "I wouldn't say I'm used to singing live because you never know what a performance will bring.

"For me, it's more about the things you don't know. I've never toured alone before so I'm excited but very scared - although not to the point that I won't go on stage. It's always good to have nerves and show you care."

She continued: "I've watched Michael Jackson's This Is It DVD about five times and all of the Beyoncé tour and have seen how people do live performances."

The 'Broken Heels' singer also revealed that she opted for smaller venues to create a more intimate experience for her fans.

She explained: "Choosing smaller venues is a way of testing the waters and getting to know fans.

"I like the intimate performances. They are a lot of fun. I have taken full control over the tour and have just found my live band."

Burke kicks off her 21-date tour in Belfast on January 16.

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