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Not bad....but Kelly Clarkson did it better
on 20 December 2006
Well it was obvious Leona would win the x factor when she sang this song. She was clearly the better of the two finalists.
However, I'm not a fan of this song. Or rather this version of the song. I'm sure most people know that this was Kelly Clarkson's first single after she won American Idol. And so i have to say the american's still do it better. Clarkson's version of this song has such pressence that Leona's voice can't match.
It is true that Leona has a great voice and can hold a note longer than any of todays singers. But it's like giving a song to Mariah Carey when it was intended for Whitney Houston. And the result seems like a cheesy cover version. It seems Simon Cowell is so eager for Leona to match the success of Kelly Clarkson that he has even made her release the exact same song off the back of winning a talent competition. It wouldn't suprise me if he made her release a Kelly Clarkson tribute album.
Time will tell whether Leona actually has the staying power to be a genuine 'artist'. Though to be honest, I'm expecting a album full of covers.