Leona Lewis returns to The X Factor as a judge 13 years after winning the show

Leona Lewis has returned to The X Factor 13 years after being crowned winner of the show.

The Bleeding Love star will be joining Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger as a special guest judge for the new series X Factor : The Band.

In the upcoming episode, the auditions move to Birmingham where Leona joins music mogul Simon Cowell and Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger on the judging panel.

The musical trio's main aim is to put together a pop band to rival One Direction and Little Mix.

In the first pictures from the episode, Leona looks stylish in a sequin silver suit when she takes a seat on the panel.

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The singer looks every bit as glamorous as she did over 13 years ago, and is still sporting her signature blonde curls.

Lewis won the third series of the popular show way back in 2006, and she is noted as becoming The X Factor's first international star after she quickly conquered the US music charts.

Leona was the first British solo singer to debut at number one in the US with their debut single, doing so with her memorable track Bleeding Love.

Joining Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield on the This Morning couch, the 34-year-old star previously opened up on her feelings about being back on the show, and how the music industry has changed in the last few years.

"It’s a bit surreal sitting on the other side of the desk. I just loved it. It was such a good experience." she confessed.

The latest version of the show will follow a similar format to the 2002 show Popstars: The Rivals which created Girls Aloud.

Leona, alongside Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger will audition soloists to for sought-after spaces in different pop bands competing to win the competition.

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