I appeared on five X Factors, including Celebrity X Factor. The pictures below are from when I was on the Xtra Factor as an expert. This was the sister show to the wildly successful X Factor. I had a great time and I got to meet a lot of the X-Factor contestants and finalists – as well as Ben Shephard, the show host, and one or two well known judges!
Left: Michele with Sharon Osbourne. Right: Michele with Ben Shephard.
Leona Lewis X factor winner with Michele Knight
Above: Leona X-Factor winner as predicted by Michele on Xtra Factor
This is what I said about Leona Lewis at the time:
“She is totally sweet, genuine and has a heart of gold. She will be the biggest female star we have ever had. International fame and all good things are coming. She will hit America and Europe and go on the Oprah show as well as Letterman. She will be embraced and adored working with the top people. No cheesy first album for Leona. I predict original music written especially for her. Being such a family girl she needs to be careful not to burn herself out in the first hectic year. A three to five year plan, I predict, is already being decided. Within 18 months to two years she will win a clutch of awards here AND in the USA. People will be fighting to duet with her and we may even see some world class stars duet on the first album. I also see her doing a duet with Justin Timberlake in the future.”
As predicted, Leona Lewis’ career took off. She recorded an album of original material, hit America and Europe, worked with Justin Timberlake, appeared on both Oprah and Letterman, and has won dozens of awards for her music.
Leona Lewis hits top of US charts
X Factor winner’s debut single Bleeding Love reaches US number one after Oprah success. Paul MacInnes and agencies
Thursday March 27, 2008
Leona Lewis is at number one in the US with her single Bleeding Love, making her the first British female to rise to these dizzy heights since Kim Wilde’s 1987 Supremes cover, You Keep Me Hanging On.
Lewis, 22, was the winner of the 2006 edition of X Factor and, as such, has acquired a useful patron and manager in the shape of Simon Cowell. It is thought that an appearance by the pair on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show last week helped to boost Lewis’s rise towards the top spot.
January 12, 2009: Leona Lewis and Justin Timberlake may team up
June 9, 2009: Leona Lewis confirms Justin Timberlake duet
“Lewis has received nominations in a variety of awards, including seven BRIT Awards, three Grammy Awards, three MOBO Awards, five MTV Europe Music Awards and two Teen Choice Awards. Her debut single, a cover version of “A Moment Like This”, gave Lewis her first award win, an Ivor Novello Award for Best Selling British Single. Her international breakthrough single, “Bleeding Love”, has received a five awards from 11 nominations. Spirit has won two awards from five nominations. Overall, Lewis has received 25 awards from 45 nominations.”
Watch her Letterman performance here on Youtube!
This is what I said about them at the time:
“Two talented boys – but I predict that Anthony will go it alone eventually. He is sensitive and original. Both boys were open and I gave them both a psychic and astrology reading.
James will end up marrying or dating a famous female. He has moon in Pisces so is a great partner as he has so much empathy. He will also find fame in acting and singing. September next year is a turning point. Over the next six months different offers for all of them will be tempting and they have to decide on their commitment to the band. Each of them has star quality and a commitment to success.”
As most of you will know by now, Anthony has left Eton Road…
(Taken from the Eaton Road Myspace Page) Saturday, August 25, 2007:
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