X Factor mogul convinced protegé will be massive in USA

Simon Cowell is confident Leona Lewis will break America.

And the X Factor judge, who is determined to make the 21-year-old a massive star, believes the US will be more receptive to her than the UK.

‘In Britain we don’t get as excited about successful female singers as they do over there,’ he says. ‘But in the US they have a rich history of hugely successful women artists from the likes of Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston to Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera.’

Simon had already lined up Clive Davis, who discovered Whitney Houston, to help launch Leona.

‘He told me she’s like a cross between Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey,’ Simon tells The Sun. ‘And he wasn’t bothered whether she won the show or not – he wanted to sign her anyway.

‘He thinks that with the two of us behind her she can’t fail.’

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