Leona Lewis is a 22-year-old singer who, in 2006, won Simon Cowell’s U.K. talent competition, “X-Factor.” Simon called Leona “absolutely the best contestant” he’s ever seen... “American Idol” included.
He has been mentoring Leona Lewis ever since. And she is now poised to make a splash in America.
Her debut album, “Spirit,” will be released in the U.S. next month. (It has already sold 2 million units overseas.) She will perform on “Oprah” on March 17.
The girl sure does take a nice picture, I’ll give her that. With an Afro-Caribbean dad and a Welsh mum, Ms. Lewis is all the more equipped to fulfill Simon Cowell’s wet dream of finding the next Mariah Carey.
But what about those of us who didn’t give a damn about the first Mariah Carey?
All this super-slick pop diva stuff is not my idea of good music. On YouTube, there are two officials videos for Leona Lewis’s first single, “Bleeding Love.” The British version has clocked more than 30 million views. The U.S. version, 3.5 million.
I don’t know. Didn’t do much for me.
Below is one of Leona’s “X-Factor” performances. She does the obligatory rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” Hang on for Simon Cowell’s comment at the end.