Lionel Richie snubbed by Alexandra
Feb 11, 2009, 9:25 GMT
US singer Lionel Richie. The 20-year-old singer made such an impression on the 59-year-old star he invited her to join him on his forthcoming US tour. EPA/RICK NEDERSTIGT
Lionel Richie has been snubbed by 'X Factor' winner Alexandra Burke.
The 20-year-old singer made such an impression on the 59-year-old star he invited her to join him on his forthcoming US tour.
However, Alexandra doesn't want to attempt to make it in America until she has good original material.
A source said: "Lionel made it clear he wanted Alexandra to join his tour and is very disappointed.
"Touring with Lionel would have been a massive opportunity, but it's a lot of work and stressful preparation for that sort of thing. Plus at the moment Alex doesn't have any real songs of her own."
It is believed Alexandra's mentor Simon Cowell - who was a judge on the UK TV talent show that discovered her - was the driving force behind the fledgling star's decision.
The source said: "Simon Cowell and all at her label Syco are determined to do what they did with Leona Lewis and shelter her away. They want Alexandra to be able to concentrate on making a brilliant album."