Leona Lewis has had a wonderful singing career so far. Starting from her winning stint at “The X Factor” in 2006, the British singer has belted out hits like the 'Happy' and 'Run'. The 26-year old star has already sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, thanks to her highest selling single 'Bleeding Love' which ranked number one in nearly 30 different countries.

Recalling from her own experience, Leona believes that the contestants participating in talent-search shows have to depend much more heavily on their own singing abilities than their contemporary chart rivals as they have the privilege to use studio tricks such as auto-tune and other voice enhancing techniques. She says that unlike TV shows where songs are often mimed, performing a song live in front of a large audience is much more challenging and there is a lot of pressure to get everything right. Hence she feels that the singers who appear on reality shows often have much more raw talent than their chart rivals.

The singer was recently in Doha where she appeared for an interview and revealed her thoughts about her inspirations, her career and of course, Simon Cowell. Speaking of Simon, Leona said that he was her mentor when she appeared on “The X Factor” and she really feels lucky to have his support. She also had the opportunity to work closely with Simon and had signed a contract with his record company. She feels that although Simon is frequently perceived to be intimidating, he is actually quite cool offstage and that they have always been very good friends. Leona also says that Simon has always been a source of great support both for her and her music. She feels that her journey from being an ordinary girl to suddenly being a famous celebrity overnight has been a crazy one.