She released an album before X Factor
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Leona Lewis: 9 facts every fan should know
4. She released an album before X Factor
Leona recorded a demo album, called 'Twilight', but it failed to secure her an album deal. A second demo album was recorded, 'Best Kept Secret', but it was also unsuccessful. She later said: "I tried to secure a record deal by doing things my own way. I worked very hard but I never managed to land a contract. That's why I decided to audition for The X Factor. It's programmes like these which provide the best place to showcase fresh new talent."