To that, he said without much hesitation, Leona Lewis!
Here's what he said exactly:
"I would say Leona Lewis. When I first met her, she auditioned on the X Factor. She was very shy and didn’t believe in herself and then turned into this fantastic artist by the end. So I guess Leona, because she’s the reason why we do these shows."
Such good reasons, Simon!
He also had some wonderful advice for aspiring kids, which we def have to share with you:
"Ok, let’s assume I’m talking to someone aged between 12 and 16, because this is a new category we’re bringing into the show this year. I would say: Never listen to your parents. And work it out for yourself, who you want to be, and don’t be afraid to be different because this is a time now where being original or being different is paying off. And don’t be afraid of criticism, like the girl [Rebecca Black] who did that “Friday” song, one of the most famous people in the world right now. Most people can’t stand her record but everyone’s talking about her."
What a beautiful way to inspire the young talent, Simon. And it was such a nice thing to say about Rebecca, we're sure she's thrilled!
We can't wait for X Factor!
Bring it like a boss, Simon!
Will U be watching??
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