Leona Lewis has admitted that James Arthur is the stand out act for her on this year’s X Factor show.
The former winner of the ITV series has met all the contestants, when she performed her new single ‘Trouble’ on one of the live shows earlier this year and speaking on Loose Women today she admitted that the 23 year old impressed her a lot with his performance.
When asked who she liked best from this year’s X Factor acts, Leona said:
“I really like James Arthur.”
However Lewis admitted that she was disappointed that this year’s final would be an all male one. Ella Henderson was eliminated two weeks ago, and from then there have been only boys competing for a record deal with Simon Cowell’s SYCO.
Union J, Christopher Maloney, James Arthur and Jahmene Douglas will go head to head in this week’s semi final, with three of them going to next week’s grand finale.
Leona had expected Ella to make it to this stage and explained:
“I did think there would be a girl in the final though.”
“Ella was amazing.”
However she said she expects Henderson to do well, despite her early exit and added:
“That’s the thing though, you don’t need to win the show, you really don’t. It doesn’t matter at this point.”
Leona may be right as it was reported last week that Simon Cowell is already competing with record labels such as RCA, Columbia and Epic to sign Ella for her first album.
He is reportedly hoping to launch her career in the UK and the US and insiders have claimed that the music mogul wants her career to follow very much in the path of Leona’s.
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