Former X Factor winner Leona Lewis has been tipped to become a judge on new BBC One reality show The Voice. According to today's buzz magazine, show bosses want the songstress on the panel ready when the show premieres here in the UK early next year on the channel.
The dutch format has alreayd been a big success in the states, where Cee Lo Green, Christina Cguilera and Marron 5 frontman Adam Levine are amongst the judges.
The BBC confirmed last month it had won the rights to air the show here in the UK, with the first series set to air between January and March 2012.
A source told Buzz: "BBC and entertainment bigwigs are desperate for Leona to be the big judge when the show airs here next year. They think she'd be an amazing draw."
Other names linked to the show include Robbie Williams, George Michael, Cheryl Cole and Adele.
"Producers know signing the right names is essential," the inisder added. "Robbie [Willisms] is close to signing and George [Michael] is lobbying hard.
"Cheryl would be a dream but word is she wants to concentrate on her personal life. Leona is their major focus."
Leona asked Simon Cowell for a "bigger role" on The X Factor this year, saying she'd love to mentor the contestants instead of just performing on the show. With no plans for Leona as yet however, there's the chance the BBC may pinch her!
The spy continued to blab: "This is the perfect opportunity for a new chapter in her career It would bring her journey - from wannabe to mentor - full circle. People relate to her and would value her judgement as she has been there and done it.
"Cheryl did the same and look how her profile rocketed."