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Leona on working with Justin Timberlake

Leona Lewis
Leona was upset by the response from some fans at the Mobos
Leona Lewis is back from the States and was in London to open Britain's newest and largest shopping centre. Newsbeat caught up with her to find out what she's got planned for next year, how she feels about returning to perform on X Factor and what happened when she met up with Justin Timberlake.

What's the best thing about being back in the UK?

Definitely the family, the friends. It's just being home.

Are you re-releasing Run [the cover you did] as a single?

For now it's just part of the album but I'll be doing a few performances of it on TV and it'll be available to download. We'll just see how it goes.

Are you working on another album?

I am towards the end of the year, very soon actually, and next year with the hopes to be out next November.

Who are you working with?

On this album it's kind of going for a more live feel so I'm working with a few different bands which I won't mention now. You'll find out soon enough, it's a different direction.

There'll be ballads too. That's my thing. But it'll have a bit of an edge to it. It's always good to keep it fresh and try new things.

Were you gutted you missed the Mobos?

I was really gutted but I had previous commitments outside the country from a long time ago so I couldn't really break them.

The two awards were amazing so I was really happy about that.

Were you upset when you heard about what happened? [the booing]
Leona Lewis
Leona performed at this year's Olympic handover ceremony

Yes. The thing is that everyone that didn't turn up got an iffy reception. I had commitments and I couldn't really break them. I wish I could have been there.

I was there last year and support the awards but unfortunately this year I couldn't be there.

You're going back to X Factor - how will that be?

Gosh, really nerve wracking. I went back there last year. That was the most nervous I've probably ever been singing.

This year I think I'll be nervous, but I will be a little bit more confident. It's just going back to where it all began, going onto that stage and having the judges there.

What's been the highlights since you've been in the States? Did you perform with Justin Timberlake?

Justin had an event on called Justin And Friends and I was invited to perform, along with Adam Levine from Maroon 5, Rihanna, Will.I.Am.

I was really, really honoured to be a part of that. It was loads of fun, I got to speak to Justin and I might be doing some work with him. So it was a very cool event to be at.

And what's your plan for next year - a live tour?

Live tour will probably come the year after next. Next year is album. Album then tour.

Leona Lewis was talking to Newsbeat entertainment reporter Frances Cronin.



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