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Can Burkey smash it live?

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It's finally time for Alexandra Burke's debut tour, but can Beyonce's BFF deliver the goods live? We venture to Belfast's Waterfront Hall to investigate... and here's what the X Factor champ dishes up.

The hits!
The 2000-strong crowd are treated to every single from Overcome. She opens the 75-minute show with the RedOne-produced 'Broken Heels' - a real treat to hear backed by a live band - while her Marmite hit 'Start Without You' is visually pleasing, with Alex debuting a brand new dance routine. However, it's 'All Night Long' that wins the best response from the crowd and makes good on her promise to make the gig a proper "night out" for fans.

The album tracks and more!
Cuts plucked from Burke's debut include 'Nothing But The Girl', 'Dumb' and the title track itself. The tempo's briefly taken down a notch when our heroine returns to the stage, swathed in a full-length white dress, to perform 'Perfect' backed only by a guitar. Truth be told, it might be nice to hear at least one more song performed in a similar stripped back fashion. Meanwhile, a standout addition to the setlist comes in the form of 'Dangerous', the Michael Jackson-inspired B-side to 'Bad Boys'.

The covers!
While there's a somewhat surprising choice of cover in the form of Ne-Yo's 'Closer', the we-should-have-predicted-this moment of the night comes when Alex pays tribute to Destiny's Child with a crowd-pleasing medley of hits including 'Survivor', 'Bootylicious' and 'Independent Women'. To cap it all off, a spine-tingling rendition of 'Listen' takes us back to that duet from a couple of X Factor finals ago - Beyoncé or no Beyoncé.

The cash... or lack thereof!
Well, let's just say that the team here are making the best of what they've got. Particular praise must be given to the four dancers, each of whom well and truly earns his stripes, and to the choreographer who devises routines enabling Burkey and her 'Bad Boys' to make the make the most of all the space they have to fill.

Sum it all up please!
Ultimately, the 'All Night Long' tour delivers on its promise of being an enjoyable night out for fans. The sexy outfits and temperature-raising dance routines may not appeal to Daily Mail hackettes, but what else would you expect from Miss Burke - 'Start Without You' video anyone? While the prospect of a bigger and glitzier tour is something to look forward to, this show is still a great chance to enjoy an effortless mix of lively dance routines and powerhouse vocals in an intimate setting.

Have you seen Alexandra Burke on tour? What did you think? Use the space below to leave your comments.

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