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Town hosts X Factor winner Alexandra Burke


Peterhead hosted the X Factor star after winning a national contest

About 200 music fans in Peterhead watched a special concert from X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, after the town won a national contest.

The fishing port triumphed in a Nokia competition after securing the most votes in proportion to population, out of more than 500 towns and cities.

The Waterside Inn was selected for Wednesday night's performance.

The X Factor winner told BBC Scotland afterwards: "I had an absolute blast, it was amazing."

She delighted the crowd at the intimate gig, chatting to young fans in between songs.

Hayley Cassidy
Hayley Cassidy also won a contest - to be the support act

She said: "The audience was just so loving. It was extra special. Peterhead is practically in the middle of nowhere. Thank you to everyone who voted."

One fan said: "She was just brilliant."

And another enthused: "She touched my hand."

Everyone who voted for Peterhead was entered into a draw and winners chosen at random won tickets.

More than one million copies were sold of Alexandra Burke's first single, Hallelujah, and it was one of the tracks she performed.

The reaction of the Peterhead's population to the contest to host her show was described as "amazing" by the organisers.

The support act was soul singer Hayley Cassidy, who won another competition to secure the slot.

London-based Hayley beat thousands of unsigned hopefuls in a contest.

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