BiographyLeona Lewis’ success as a singer hardly came as a surprise to those who know her, as she has been pursuing a career in music for most of her life. Leona Lewis wrote her first song when she was 12 and won in an under-18 competition the following year. She subsequently attended two highly regarded stage schools, the Sylvia Young Theatre School and the BRIT School.
leona lewis on x factorLeona Lewis’ increased confidence -- coupled with the encouragement of family and friends -- led her to audition for The X Factor. The British program essentially follows the same formula as American Idol: Participants perform in front of three judges (Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louise Walsh) until a winner is chosen.
Leona Lewis was considered an early favorite by fans and pundits alike, and she consistently knocked the judges out with her stirring renditions of popular songs like “I Will Always Love You” and “Over the Rainbow.” On December 16, 2006, Leona Lewis, with approximately 60% of the votes, was crowned the third-season winner of The X Factor.
leona lewis releases spiritA few days after her victory, Leona’s first single -- a cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This” -- was released to stores and online music shops, and it shot straight to No. 1. In early 2007, at about the same time her single was short-listed for an honor at the 2007 Brit Awards, Leona Lewis relocated to Los Angeles to begin work on her highly anticipated debut album, Spirit, which was released in March 2007 in the UK.
leona lewis is named no. 68 in top 99 of 2008In 2008, Leona Lewis was nominated for an outstanding four BRIT Awards, and she was voted in at No. 68 in AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women list. Her album Spirit was released in the U.S. as well.
Her hit single, "Bleeding Love," also hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in March 2008.
leona lewis is named no. 88 in top 99 of 2009After releasing her video for the hit track "I Will Be," which featured Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford and announcing plans for a 2009 album, Leona Lewis was voted to No. 88 on AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2009.
leona lewis gets punched in a bookstoreLeona Lewis might be known for singing hit songs, but it was a hit from one of her fans that made the news in October of 2009. While Lewis busy signing copies of her autobiography Dreams at a London bookstore, a man who actually waited in line to have Lewis sign a copy of the book then punched the pop star in the head. According to an eyewitness, the man "walked up there with the book, she signed it and, as she looked up, he just punched her." We know people with anger management issues, but this dude has problems that are much bigger than that. We're not even going to judge him for buying a copy Dreams either.
Leona Lewis next album Echo comes out this November, so hopefully she can pull a Taylor Swift and use this embarrassing moment in stardom to her advantage.