Kelly Clarkson and Roberta Flack may have sang them first, but does Leona Lewis sing them better?
Leona Lewis’ borrowed songs
LEONA LEWIS VS JESSE McCARTNEY: ”Bleeding Love”
The barely legal heartthrob co-wrote this smash with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, so he had every right to record his own version. But where his thin, thready vocals make the pain sound like a paper cut, Lewis’ powerful take slices straight to the core. Winner: Leona Lewis
LEONA LEWIS VS KELLY CLARKSON: ”A Moment Like This”
Clarkson and Lewis both released this ballad as a single after winning their respective competitions (American Idol and the U.K.’s The X Factor), and each aptly applies powerhouse pipes. Still, when the chorus hits, it’s Clarkson who gives you chills. Winner: Kelly Clarkson
LEONA LEWIS VS ROBERTA FLACK: ”The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”
It takes guts to take on the signature song of one of the most distinctive vocalists from the ’70s — so Lewis wisely avoids a direct Xerox. Problem is, Flack’s butterscotch rasp is just too perfect — her rendition is basically untouchable. Winner: Roberta Flack