Leona Lewis asks Simon Cowell for a 'bigger role' on The X Factor 2011!

Leona Lewis

X Factor 2006 singer winner Leona Lewis has revealed that she has asked boss Simon Cowell for a "bigger role" on this year's show. Speaking to Reveal magazine, Leona said she wanted to mentor the finalists saying she'd be able to give the contestants "some good advice" after going through the show herself.

Leona, who releases her third studio album later this year, said: "I always go on the show and sing, but I want to ask Simon Cowell for a bigger role.

"I couldn't be a judge this year as I've been busy working on my new album. I already know I'm going to be performing on the show this year but I'd like to do something different, maybe a mentor, instead."

Leona continued: "I've been through the whole process so I think I'd be able to give the new acts some good advice."

If Olly Murs can present the Xtra Factor we don't see why not, LeLe!

This year's X Factor has already undergone a big revamp with three new judges - Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos - joining Louis Walsh. Meanwhile it was claimed earlier today that the show's final will be moved to Wembley Arena, instead of Fountain Studios.

Leona also revealed she was "sad" when Cheryl Cole left the show, saying: "I thought she was great."

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