Leona leads top musicians braving the rain at musical spectacular

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Leona was among a stellar lineup which played to a crowd of 55,000 people at Sunday's Summer Ball
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Spanish favourite Enrique gets close to the crowd before pulling one lucky lady up on stage for a kiss. His long-term love, former tennis star Anna Kournikova, needn't have worried - she was watching the set from behind the scenes
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08 JUNE 2009

North London girl Leona Lewis returned from her new home in Los Angeles to her old stomping ground for a rare musical appearance on UK soil at the weekend.

The 24-year-old flew in to take part in this year's Capital FM Summertime Ball on Sunday - to the delight of British fans, who turned out in force despite the rain.

Islington-born Leona took to the stage in front of a 55,000-strong crowd which was treated to turns by Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Alesha Dixon and Lionel Richie. Also joining the lineup on stage was newly reformed boyband Blue.

Enrique Iglesias, who was performing as well, made the day of one lucky lady by pulling her up on stage for a cheeky kiss. Meanwhile Katy, clad in a Minnie Mouse-inspired polkadot frock, thrilled with an energetic rendition of Hot'n'Cold before finishing her set with I Kissed A Girl.

It was literally a flying visit for Leona, as the day after her performance at the fundraising radio event, which was hosted by Lisa Snowdon and Johnny Vaughn, she returned to her newly rented Hollywood Hills residence to continue work on her second album, which is due out at the end of the year.

And so far - she's now more than half way through recording - it's looking good, says the singer, who reveals she's been collaborating with Justin Timberlake and Timberland . "I have got on a lot of songs and I am just really, really pleased with how it is going."