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Alexandra splashes the cash after festival gig

SINGER Alexandra Burke splashed the cash in Dublin this week when she jetted into town to perform at the Summer Blowout festival at Dandelion.

The Herald can reveal how the 2008 X Factor winner and a group of dancers splurged on a shopping spree at exclusive Clarendon Street store Coco boutique just hours before she was due to take to the stage at the St Stephen's Green club on Wednesday.

The Bad Boys singer, who was staying at the nearby Westbury hotel, had a member of her management team call ahead in order to ensure that the store would stay open especially for her visit.

Alex (21) spent almost 40 minutes in the upmarket boutique, snapping up a selection of items ranging from jewellery to dresses for her tour. "She was really friendly and pleasant to deal with," said store owner Danielle McCrossan.

"Alex wanted very short, fitted, dresses for on stage and she bought a variety of different outfits in bright colours.

"She also bought some jewellery and other accessories.



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"She came in with a number of dancers and they had a blacked-out car waiting outside for them.

"They were the only people in the shop at the time as one of their team members had called ahead to arrange it.

"We were all stunned by how absolutely tiny she is, only about 5'1" or 5'2" at the max."

This isn't the first high-profile visitor the store has had in recent months, with Black Eyed Peas star Fergie also stopping in last July.

Fergie was spotted visiting the popular store on the Sunday morning after her group's performance at Oxegen in Punchestown, after which she and her bandmates hit the tiles for a night out at celebrity haunt Krystle.

The star bought a pair of crystal encrusted shoes and promised she would return to the store on her next visit to Ireland.

X Factor star Alexandra has been a regular on Irish shores over the past week, after joining a host of big names at Ireland's first ever LGBT music festival, called Milk, in Westmeath last weekend.



Cropped

The svelte beauty made headlines for her risque attire, which included a cropped "bralet" top, and shiny, high-waisted "spray-on" trousers.

Alexandra is also due to take to the stage alongside Diversity in Tralee next Wednesday, as part of the Rose of Tralee celebrations.

She will then jet straight back to the UK to begin training preparing her for a high-altitude 45km trek in Peru to support Breast Cancer Care.

The singer will be joined by Fearne Cotton, Denise Van Outen and Holly Willoughby to name but a few.

lnolan@herald.ie