Singer feels for the contestants

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Leona Lewis admits she finds it hard to watch The X Factor.

The singer, who won the show in 2006, still tunes in to the ITV show.

‘I do watch The X Factor, it just makes me so nervous,’ she says.

‘It just puts me back in that place almost four years ago now.

Leona also reveals she considers Simon Cowell a pal.

Simon Cowell is very important in my career,’ she adds.

‘He’s not only my label boss but I see him as a friend, mentor. He is very important to me.’

Leona Lewis supports the World Society For The Protection Of Animals.