Lewis won the singing competition way back in 2006 under the watchful gaze of Cowell himself, and has gone on to experience impressive success in the UK and US.
But never one to ditch an act which he has thrust into the spotlight with no consideration for the consequences… Cowell has taken Leona back under his wing as a cameo replacement for Geri Halliwell in the second round of auditions for this year’s X Factor show.
If reports are to be believed, Ginger Spice will be back though y’all. The 39-year-old – who joined the judges for try-outs in Liverpool – is set to become a permanent fixture on the show at boot camp stage.
Throughout the initial audition weeks, confirmed panellists Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contastavlos and Louis Walsh will be joined by a number of guest judges following a failed attempt to lure Dannii Minogue back to the chair for a rumoured £1m.