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Saturday 30 May 2015

Leona Lewis got festive for album

Leona Lewis made her festive album during the heatwave
Leona Lewis made her festive album during the heatwave

Leona Lewis has admitted it was a bit "weird" recording her Christmas album during the summer.

The former X Factor winner taped seasonal special Christmas, With Love during the heatwave in the UK and confessed it wasn't easy to feel festive at first.

She told Elle.com: "I thought 'Oh, this is going to be so weird. How am I going to feel Christmas-y?'

"First off, I recorded it in the UK, which is not the sunniest [place]. Of course this summer was literally like the sunniest on record.

"But it ended up being a blessing in disguise because I started playing loads of Christmas songs and really kind of delving into all of these kind of classics. And I discovered some really amazing recordings that I probably never would have had I not had to really get into that kind of Christmas vibe."

Leona, 28, said X Factor boss Simon Cowell, the head of her label, came up with the idea for a Christmas record.

"I was in the mode where I wanted to be really inspired and I wanted to try something new," said the Bleeding Love singer.

"And he suggested it and it kind of came together."

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