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Saturday, 16 December, 2006

The Judges Comment Before The X Factor 2006 Winner Is Announced

Filed under: 2006 Contestants,Leona,Ray

Simon said that it was a “ding-dong” of a show.

Commenting on round one, Louis said: “I have to pick Leona cuz her voice was incredible”, Sharon chose Leona as the act who had won round one and Simon said: “I have to be impartial tonight. I thought both contestants had an incredibly good night.”

Judging on round two, Sharon said: “Westlife and Ray, I was taken back, it was fantastic it was a show stopper. You can tell Ray loves what he does.”

Simon said: “All credit to Westlife and Take That. They came on and embraced it cuz not many artists that would come on and share the spotlight. Total magic. Very difficult to get this togehter. We were originally doing christmas songs but ditched them on Thurs night cuz we got calls from Take that and Louis gave Westlife a call and both groups wanted to duet.”

Commenting about round three, Simon said about Leona’s “All By Myself”: “I thought it was a staggeringly good performance, one of the hardest songs to sing but, it was extaordinarliy good.”

Sharon said: “Ray, as always is so entertinaing but I am dying to hear Leona’s new album. Ray is the constant entertainer and Leona is the voice.”


  1. If X Factor is truly a singing contest then everyone please vote for Leona Leona Leona! She has such an amazing sweet voice. She is a terrific singer. America are always considered to be in the number 1 when it comes to singing, but let’s show them that London has homegrown talent that could whoop their asses! Vote for the voice not the entertainer! Vote Leona

    Comment by Dee — Saturday, 16 December, 2006 @ 21:17

  2. And I have to add that the performances by both acts were brill but Leona had me in tears with her songs. When a contest does that to you, you HAVE to vote for her!

    Comment by Dee — Saturday, 16 December, 2006 @ 21:19

  3. I vote ray quinn……………. great voice, great personality…………. leonna is a dime a dozen

    Comment by sue picano — Saturday, 16 December, 2006 @ 22:09

  4. are you insane? how can you possibly think ray sings better than leona? the notes she hits are amazing. not even mariah carey can sing as well as she can (and i should know i have seen mariah live, i mean really live in new york) i really hope leona wins but if she doesnt then she will still get a recording contract, there is no way simon cowell is gunna let someone as amazing as leona go.

    Comment by lindsay — Saturday, 16 December, 2006 @ 22:17

  5. Leona to win!!!

    Comment by Leona Fan — Saturday, 16 December, 2006 @ 22:20

  6. I know that as much as X-Factor is about performance, stage presence and maybe personality – the end result is what will be on the single and ultimately the album.

    From that, all you hear is the voice, so out of the two, Leona should triumph. As much as I like seeing Ray on TV, Leona is the one I can listen too.

    Comment by AndyT — Saturday, 16 December, 2006 @ 22:25

  7. ray we love u loads and think the you should of won………….BUT U BETTA BRING OUT SOME SONGS 4 ME AND KEZZA !!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Comment by natasha — Saturday, 16 December, 2006 @ 22:30

  8. u r da best singer eva, u should have won this year but even though u didnt win ur a million times beta than leona lewis and ur so fit and sexy lv ya loads kezxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxRAY WE LOVE U xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    Comment by kerry — Saturday, 16 December, 2006 @ 22:34

  9. The teen girls here may have the hots for Ray but that does not make him a singers. Ray is just not in the same league as leona. Its as simple as that. Personaly I would have rated most of the others on the show better then Ray. Even the McDonalds on a good day were better and I can still remember Ray’s more cringe worthy performances. Somehow I dont think we will be seeing many albums from Ray. He may get away with one on the back of the Xfactor publicity though.
    I have nothing against Ray. It’s just he cannot sing to any competant standard. The songs last night he just went though the motions of singing them, bland & boring he did manage to hit a few more note but he was hardly stretching himself

    Comment by Bob — Sunday, 17 December, 2006 @ 08:13

  10. im so happy that leona won!! she is a great singer and i cant believe she doesnt know how good she really is!!! i voted 4 her every week and i cant wait 2 hear her album! Soz ray gd luk in da future. Ray was gd aswell but leona was excellent!

    Comment by Bryony — Sunday, 17 December, 2006 @ 12:16

  11. I thought leona was brilliant but was disappointed ray didnt win. He had a combination of talent, but he also had stage presence which i felt was truly shown when he very much looked like he was part of westlife who has been doing it for years. I think he is very good in the genre of music which suits his but the winning single did not really suit his talent.
    I think leona will have a fantastic career she looks and sounds amazing but i do feel that the song choice was picked very much for leona to win. As had a it been Ben in the final the song would most certainly not have suited him either. An equal song would have made leonas victory better

    Comment by Emma — Sunday, 17 December, 2006 @ 15:56

  12. i tihnk both of them did extremly well but my choice is definatly RAY…….. he is such an entertainer of the shw shame he didnt win but i think he will do alot better than leona she has the voice but shes stands on the stage like a iron board well done ray !!!1

    Comment by faye johnson — Sunday, 17 December, 2006 @ 17:03

  13. i think ray shuda won i agree that leona does stand on the stage like an iron board and ray is just amazin! it would have been alot better if ray would of won! my heart sunk when they annouced leona! she doesnt need the xfactor to get anywhere so why should she have won! Ray evry1 still loves you xx

    Comment by Mary — Sunday, 17 December, 2006 @ 21:56

  14. RAY should of won i am so gutted that he didnt but it wont be the last that we see of ray as he will be releasing albums and will be going on the xfactor tour so no u have not go rid of ray yet because in many peopls eyes hes a WINNER. i aslo dont like the way simon pickd that song to match leonas voice and not rays i think that was not fair they should of had different songs picked for each other! but also ray did sing it well and if he doesnt go far in the music industry hel become famous for his acting so watch out leona RAYS gonna become big

    Comment by Ben — Sunday, 17 December, 2006 @ 21:59

  15. alryt RAY you are a winner in my eyes sweety! and you are gona become bigger than leona because you can do so much with your life not just in the music industry but many more things however leona thats all you can do love is sing u have an amazin voice but still not personality and without a personality whos gonna like you luvly!! finking about it

    Comment by Mandy — Sunday, 17 December, 2006 @ 22:01

  16. Ray you dont no how well you did on saturday! you all may think because i live in london i would vote for leona but i didnt because i seen patential in ray hes got a big future ahead of him and you no people liked you because you were in the final so good luck

    Comment by Steve — Sunday, 17 December, 2006 @ 22:04

  17. Ray change ya hair style u sucka
    It lukz gay!

    Comment by Lius — Monday, 18 December, 2006 @ 13:38

  18. Hey guyz!
    Leona was xcelant.She cudnt av changed owt 2 mek it betta! U GO GIRL!!!
    Ray did gd too bt we gess he cudda dne betta still but he wont dat bad.
    Frm Maria, Sabrina, Nisa!!

    Comment by M.S.N — Monday, 18 December, 2006 @ 13:43

  19. LEONA IZ FIT / BUM / HOT /
    hot hot hot

    Comment by CTC KINGSHURST — Wednesday, 20 December, 2006 @ 10:42

  20. ray is the biggest ever heart throb ever

    Comment by hannah — Tuesday, 5 June, 2007 @ 08:53

  21. It intrigues me that a talent competition becomes about how ‘hot’ someone is. Oh the maturity of teenage girls…*sigh*

    Leona Lewis was in a different league altogether than any of the other contestants. The power in her voice was unbelievable, and she had the ability to bring her audience to tears. That’s the mark of a truly talented artist. She was truly fantastic; a lovely person inside and out. Thank goodness she won. Rod Stewart thought she was excellent, Bjorn named her as one he loved, saying that she sung his song with great emotion, Barry Manilow had something to correct in all of the four finalists except her. For Leona all he had to say was ‘thank you for singing my song so beautifully.’ Westlife, during their guest starring before the finale, said that her performance (Bridge over troubled water) was incredible and that ‘you can’t really go past Leona.’ And, last but not least, Take That told Simon that he had to take care of her because ‘she is 50 times more talented than any other contestant the show has ever had.’ All these artists can’t be wrong. Leona deserved to win, and she has proved it by going on to have a great career.

    While I love Ray (he was a complete gentleman, a sweetheart who was wonderful at what he does best) Sharon was right – if Leona hadn’t won, it would have been a complete travesty.

    Blessings to both Ray and Leona, both excellent performers who gave their heart and soul.

    Comment by Jen — Wednesday, 12 November, 2008 @ 11:53

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