Simon Cowell has declared that it was Leona Lewis who saved The X Factor and proved it as a worthwhile show.
The music mogul presented a video message to his Syco colleagues this week, thanking his team for their work on the show and the various artists that have been launched from the series.
According to Music Week, Simon said: “When we created X Factor, it was more than a television show. The idea behind it was to discover real stars.
"Finally, when we created X Factor, it was more than a television show, the idea behind it was to discover real stars. When I think of our biggest success on X Factor initially, one person changed the perception of the show worldwide and her name is Leona Lewis."
Leona then joined Simon on the video stream, with him telling the young performer: "You literally saved our show. I dreamt of finding a superstar. I’ll never forget Leona’s first audition, I’ll never forget the call from Clive Davies when you were on the live shows and you have transformed into a global superstar. It’s been two years since we heard a Leona record, I think this new album is sensational, you’ve never sounded better.”
After Leona performed at the company event, Simon went on to add that "seeing the impact of our artists all over the world this year, again, is nothing short of a miracle."
He concluded: "I also want to say a huge thank you to the artists. It’s been a true partnership. It’s exactly what I’ve always wanted from this label and I’m very proud of you."