Mobo nods for Alexandra and JLS

X Factor stars JLS and Alexandra Burke will go head to head once more – in the best UK newcomer category at this year’s Mobo awards.

The two acts were in the final showdown of last year’s X Factor, with Alexandra’s soulful voice beating heartthrobs JLS to the prize.

In the meantime, both have gone on to top the charts, Alexandra with her cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and the boys’ debut single Beat Again rocketed to number one last month.

Beat Again also features in the best song category.

Former Eurovision contestant Jade Ewen is also in the category, as are Irish soul singer Laura Izibor and London-based MC Master Shortie.

Marvin Humes of JLS said: “Supporting urban music talent is vital to the industry and the Mobo Awards does an outstanding job of nurturing new talent and recognising the icons of music which inspire artists today.”

Bandmate Oritse Williams added: “There are very few platforms for new talent; while we got our chance through the X Factor, the Mobo Awards continues to pave the way for new acts that struggle to gain the recognition they deserve.”

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