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LEONA THROUGH THE ROOF

PUBLISHED: 11:28 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:54 21 July 2010

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X FACTOR on Saturday 7th October.

The X Factor the UKs biggest talent search - returns to ITV screens for a third series this summer. The show`s three infamous judges, Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh are back once again to put their names and reputations on the line as they scour the country to find the nation`s next singing sensation.

Kate Thornton returns to host the show, and will offer the contestants support, encouragement, and at times a shoulder to cry on, as well as keeping control over the ever opinionated judging panel.

With the last years series transforming the lives of a shop assistant, a binman and a stripper, who will be the ultimate winner of the million pound recording contract this time around?

Picture shows: LEONA LEWIS

Picture contact: Emily Page on 020 7737 8574

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THIS IMAGE IS STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER A TALKBACK THAMES PRODUCTION FOR ITV. X FACTOR on Saturday 7th October. The X Factor the UKs biggest talent search - returns to ITV screens for a third series this summer. The show`s three infamous judges, Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh are back once again to put their names and reputations on the line as they scour the country to find the nation`s next singing sensation. Kate Thornton returns to host the show, and will offer the contestants support, encouragement, and at times a shoulder to cry on, as well as keeping control over the ever opinionated judging panel. With the last years series transforming the lives of a shop assistant, a binman and a stripper, who will be the ultimate winner of the million pound recording contract this time around? Picture shows: LEONA LEWIS Picture contact: Emily Page on 020 7737 8574 This photograph is (C) TALKBACK THAMES and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or TALKBACKTHAMES. Once made available by ITV Plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the TX date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.com

Stamford Hill songbird Leona Lewis maybe topping the US charts – but she can t get a foot on the property ladder back home. Her debut single in America, Bleeding Love, got to number one on the other side of the Atlantic last week...

Stamford Hill songbird Leona Lewis maybe topping the US charts - but she can't get a foot on the property ladder back home.

Her debut single in America, Bleeding Love, got to number one on the other side of the Atlantic last week, the first time a British female solo singer has done so for 21 years, equalling its UK success.

Spirit, which holds the record for the fastest-selling debut album of all time, looks certain to hit the top spot, too, after an appearance on the influential Oprah Winfrey Show.

Oprah herself has been quoted as saying: "Talk about a star is born. You're the real deal, girl" and urged viewers to download her music after the shy singer received a standing ovation on the show.

But the money does not appear to be rolling in for Leona, who shot to fame after winning ITV's X Factor competition and turned 23 this week.,

She reportedly put in a £500,00 offer for a house in Hackney with childhood sweetheart, Lou Al-Chamaa, whom she has been dating since she was 17 and, if the rumours are true, to whom she has got engaged.

But the young couple had to pull out because the asking price was out of their range.

The singer's dad, Joe, has said that, despite being a fast-rising star in the music industry, Leona is far from being a millionaire.

The only thing she has splashed out on apparently since finding fame, if not fortune, is an £11,000 Mini Cooper car.


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