X Factor UK: Leona Lewis wants to become a judge full time

Leona Lewis 2 (X Factor 2012)

Former X Factor champ has said she'd love to return to the show as a permanent judge.

The Trouble singer appeared at auditions in London earlier this year and loved her experience as a guest judge, even if it did only last a day.

"I really enjoyed the stint I had on The X Factor guest judging. At first I didn't think I would like it but I did enjoy it in the end.

"Maybe in the future doing something permanent would be quite fun. At the end of the day I got into my stride a bit, I think it will be fun to do it [full time]."

With reports today suggesting that Gary Barlow's quitting the X Factor, it seems there could well be a spot for Leona on the show next year!

Speaking about the release of her new single and album, Leona also revealed how she is still in close contact with Simon Cowell, who mentored her on the show back in 2006.

"I still keep in regular contact with Simon, and he definitely still is very much a mentor to me," she said, adding that the music mogul had been "instrumental" in her upcoming third studio album.

Trouble is out for download now, Leona's new album Glassheart follows on 15 October.

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