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Alexandra Burke taking part in Strictly Come Dancing in memory of her mum who passed away this week

X Factor winner turned West End star Alexandra Burke

Alexandra Burke has revealed she'll be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing in memory of her mum who passed away this week.

The X Factor singer took to Twitter this week to reveal the sad news that her mother sadly died over the weekend.

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"It is with the heaviest and saddest of hearts that the family inform you our beautiful, funny and loving mum, Melissa Bell has passed away," Alex said in a message posted online. "Our beautiful mother gained her wings on Monday 28th August, a day that has changed our lives forever.

"We will never forget her unconditional love, support, charisma, strength and courage throughout her life. We are eternally proud and thankful to call her our mummy."

In a follow up tweet, Alex said she would continue on Strictly in her mother's memory.

"Mummy has always been my biggest supporter and was over the moon when I told her I was doing Strictly," Alex told her followers. "It was always a dream of hers that I would one day be part of the show and I know that she would have wanted me to carry on."

Alexandra was the final celeb confirmed for this year's Strictly line up earlier in the month.

She said at the time: “I am so excited to be joining this year’s Strictly cast! I love this show and have followed it from the beginning, so being able to be a part of it is just a dream come true for me - I still can’t believe it!

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"I am very nervous as I am a singer not a dancer, but I am going to give this my absolute everything and try my best to make everyone proud.”

Strictly Come Dancing starts next Saturday (September 9) on BBC One.

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