LEONA LEWIS did well out of a public vote – triumphing in The X Factor in 2006.

Another fella who’s not come out of a recent popularity contest too badly is America’s President-elect BARACK OBAMA.

And it looks like the pair’s paths will cross in spectacular fashion.
The songbird is in talks to join rapper JAY-Z and BEYONCE in a celebration concert for Obama’s inauguration in Washington DC on January 20.
Not bad for a girl from East London. In less than two years since her telly show victory Leona has blossomed into a worldwide superstar.

Her smash hit Bleeding Love is the biggest-selling single of the century.
It made her the first British female solo artist to have a No1 in America in more than 20 years. Her album Spirit also topped the US chart.

She has joined some of America’s biggest female singers, including MARIAH CAREY and Beyonce, to record a charity single for Stand Up To Cancer.

And she’s not unaccustomed to playing the big stage. Don’t forget she performed a version of LED ZEPPELIN track Whole Lotta Love at the Beijing Olympics with guitarist JIMMY PAGE.

A million people are expected to converge on Washington DC to witness Obama’s historic crowning.

Tickets for the ceremony are fetching tens of thousands of Pounds through furious bidding on internet auction sites.

When Obama was on the campaign trail musicians such as WILL.I.AM, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and P DIDDY lent their support – and so did Leona.
The day before the election she said: “I think Obama is amazing. He’s just so cool and articulate. Nothing fazes him.

“It would mean everything for ethnic minorities in that country and every country around the world to have a mixed-race leader of America.”
Preparations for the celebration gig are well under way.