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Last Updated: Sunday December 17 2006 10:37 GMT

Leona is the X Factor winner

Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis has beaten Ray Quinn to be crowned the winner of X Factor.

Leona is the first woman to win the TV talent show and her prize is a 1m recording contract.

After the winner was announced the tearful 21-year-old from London said: "I am speechless. You have all made my dream come true."

Leona beat thousands of other hopefuls to take the title. She will now release her own version of Kelly Clarkson's hit A Moment Like This.

Ray Quinn
Ray Quinn
During the final, Leona was joined on stage by the band Take That to perform their song A Million Love Songs.

And Ray got to sing That's Life with Westlife.

Congratulations

Once the result of the vote was announced, 18-year-old Ray was quick to congratulate Leona. He said: "I am so happy for Leona. She has done amazing and she is the first girl to win the X Factor."

And Simon Cowell, who had championed Leona throughout the contest, told the singer he was "proudest person in the world".



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