"One of the girls on the show, she sang her own song about the insecurities that she feels as a young girl.
And it really affected me, and I just went up there and hugged her, and I just wanted her to know - do you know what, you're gonna get through it."
It was the competition that changed her life. In 2006 Leona Lewis was propelled to stardom after winning The X Factor, and almost 13 years later she’s returning to where it all began - only this time she’s behind the table. Guest judge Leona is searching for the next pop band to dominate the charts in The X Factor: The Bands.
“When I did the show, 13 years ago, I really loved getting the constructive feedback from the different artists that we worked with every week. So it was important for me to kind of tell them what my experience was going through the show.”
Leona joins us ahead of the show’s second episode to tell us how she feels about returning to where it all began, why this series is different from any previous ones, and to sing us a verse of one of our favourite Christmas songs!