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listings LEONA LEWIS Mon 5 + Tue 6 July, Cardiff International Arena.


Tickets: £43.12/£29.12. Info: 029 2022 4488 Ponty’s Big Weekend, which we’ve already written about in this issue, is head- lined by self-proclaimed Jack The Lad Swing ensemble JLS, silver medallists on The X Factor in 2008. They’re by no means the only graduates of reality TV talent shows on the weekend’s lineup – only the most chronically popular. When one additionally throws big-lunged British r’n’b star and 2006 X Factor winner Leona Lewis into the mixer, it appears that July is the month which will prove to us that the reality format still has an iron grip over the British public. Even if it falls at the same time as the last series of Big Brother. Leona, though. A mezzo soprano singer with an appetite for melisma that invites comparisons to Carey, M and Houston, W, to date she has not indicated that she shares their talents for being complete headcases. One observer might describe her as ordinary and be lauding her suitability as a wholesome role model; another might use the same adjective to bemoan her production- line, micromanaged blandness. Yet pretty much any praise or scorn appears piffling in the shadow of her enormous record sales. Spirit, her 2007 debut album, has gone nine times platinum in the UK alone; A Moment Like This, her debut single immediately post-X Factor, remains the fastest-selling by a female artist in the UK. Her long, lavish and expensive Labyrinth tour is already well under way, and it’s oddly refreshing to read that Leona is finally playing her diva card on it by ‘doing a Morrissey’ and banning anyone from eating meat in her presence.


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