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Alexandra Burke bags Bodyguard musical role

Alexandra Burke is to appear in the Bodyguard musical in London.

The former X Factor winner will take over from Beverley Knight's role of Rachel Marron in the West End play from June 2.

The Adelphi Theatre play is based on the 1992 film, which saw Marron played by the late Whitney Houston.

Burke commented: "I couldn't be more excited about joining the cast of The Bodyguard and to play the iconic role of Rachel Marron will be a dream come true.

"I am a massive Whitney Houston fan so to be given the opportunity to play a role made famous by her every night will be a real privilege. I start rehearsals very soon with my fellow cast mates and the brilliant creative team and, with a little trepidation, I am looking forward to our first performance in June."

The musical has been running since 2012 and Burke was originally rumoured to take the lead role. Knight has left to join the cast of Memphis.

Watch Alexandra Burke in action below: