The star is watched cheered on from the wings by collaborator Alex James of Blur at the sold-out London show...

SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR played her first solo live show last night (October 4), and was watched from the sidelines by collaborator, BLUR‘s ALEX JAMES.

The sold-out show at the London King’s Cross Scala was her first for almost three years, since the break-up of the band that shot her to fame, theaudience.

Standing on a gigantic black and white photo of her face – the image from her album cover – and surrounded by pink and silver stage decor a la Top Of The Pops circa 1984, Ellis-Bextor performed practically all the songs from her debut

album, ‘Read My Lips’, including the recent hit single ‘Take Me Home’, as well

as ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’, the Number One she enjoyed with Italian disco producer Spiller in August last year.

Wearing a designer black dress and a golden sash around her waist, Bextor flashed her red knickers during ‘Take Me Home’, and returned for an encore of ‘Move Any Mountain’, the rock track co-written for her by James.