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The X Factor Winner Leona Lewis Singing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’

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The X Factor Winner Leona Lewis Singing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’

The new series of X Factor starts tonight in the UK on ITV1 at 7.40pm. So I thought we should take a look at one of the best performances by eventual winner Leona Lewis from last year.

This version of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ is quite amazing, and gave me goose pimples all over my arms. It was made all the better because she was singing it in memory of a family member who had passed away.

This song wasn’t even her best performance from the series, but it was probably the most emotionally charged.

The thing is, as good as Leona Lewis was in the X Factor, where is she now? It’s only with the new series starting that people are starting to talk about her again.

At the end of the last series Simon Cowell insisted she’d be the next big thing, and would even make it big in America. Hmm, I don’t think that’s happened somehow. Apart from the first single released over Christmas, I’ve heard little from Leona.

I’ll be watching tonight, where new host Dermot O’Leary will be taking charge for the first time. I’ll then watch the Xtra Factor with Fearne Cotton afterwards… yes, I am that sad.

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  1. Aidan

    August 18, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    Leona is set to release her brand new single, ‘Bleeding Love’ on 29th October. The track was written by Ryan Tedder and was recorded while Leona was out in LA. Ryan has also written for pop superstars Jennifer Lopez and Lil’ Jon.

    Leona’s as yet untitled album will be released on the 5th November in the UK and early 2008 in the US.

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  3. Tyler

    August 18, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    Leona is releasing her new single on October 29th and her album on November 5th. She’s been recording it in America with some of the top producers around and has taken her time to make it a good album. After releasing it here she’s gonna release it in America too. She’s gonna be performing her new single on the first live show of the new series of X-Factor. :)

  4. DaveP

    August 18, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    Her people are busy promoting her single and album then?!

    What was she doing for 9 months then? Sitting on her ass?

  5. Julesman

    August 19, 2007 at 10:14 am

    Dave… duh… she was touring with Xfactor tour till March… then she’s been recording the album. It takes time to produce an album of newly written material with quality producers like Ryan Tedder, Dallas Austin etc etc. I’m not sure it’s completed yet… so you don’t start promoting till it’s close to release. Of course, if you want to release an album of covers that will be forgotten 6 months later…. then that only takes a couple of weeks. I’m not sure what anyone expected…

  6. dave

    August 19, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Why do people keep asking “Where is Leona” when they can just type her name into google and find out?

  7. DaveP

    August 19, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    They keep asking where Leona is because she was feted soooo much after last year’s final that I expected more straight away.

    Even if she was recording her album, she could have released some singles, or did she? If so, they obviously didn’t do very well.

    She’s a great singer, and I voted for her last year, but she’s failed to deliver so far.

    I agree that this strategy is better than the album of covers though. Where’s Steve Brookstein, and Michelle McManus now?

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  9. Christine Hogg

    November 27, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    No one will ever be as good as Leona Lewis nor will anyone come close. She has an exceptionally powerful voice. She actually puts this year’s X factor finalists in the shade and to become top of America’s billboard speaks for itself.

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