"A Moment Like This" is a song by American singer Kelly Clarkson, released from her multi-platinum debut album, Thankful. It has been covered by Leona Lewis, the third winner of the British television programme The X Factor.
The song was co-written by Jörgen Elofsson and John Reid (of dance act Nightcrawlers) and produced by Stephen Ferrera and Steve Mac. It was written to be the first single for the winner of the first season of American Idol. As a result, the four remaining finalists, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini, Nikki McKibbin, and Tamyra Gray each recorded a version of the song in case they won. The song was first revealed to the public when Guarini and Clarkson competed in a final showdown while singing this song, along with another track, "Before Your Love". After the American public had voted, Guarini performed the song (and Clarkson performed "Before Your Love") at the final show before the results were revealed. When Clarkson was announced as the winner, she became emotional, and sang the song as her final performance.
"Before Your Love", was also given to radio and had a video shot, which debuted on MTV's TRL before "A Moment like This" did; however, it failed to achieve the level of success of "A Moment like This". The single, to date, has sold approximately 1,000,200 copies.
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In December 2006, the song was recorded by Leona Lewis, the winner of series 3 of The X Factor. The single was rush-released on Wednesday, December 20, 2006. This is unusual as most new singles are released on a Monday to gain maximum sales for the UK Singles Chart the following Sunday. The late release of "A Moment Like This" was due to the fact that Lewis was only chosen as the artist on the night of Saturday, December 16, when the live final was transmitted. The song was available for download after she was announced winner of The X Factor.
In January 2007, "A Moment Like This" was shortlisted for the British Single award at the 2007 BRIT Awards. It made it to the second round but was eliminated and did not make it to the final selection. In May it was awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Best Selling British Single.
The music video, like Clarkson's, is very simple, with Lewis singing the song on a stage. It also features several clips from Lewis's time in The X Factor, from her first audition to the moment she was announced the winner. Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne,Louis Walsh,Kate Thornton and Raymond Quinn all feature within the clips.
"A Moment like This" was downloaded 50,000 times within 30 minutes of being available online, making it the fastest selling download to date, and the biggest selling download in one week. The single sold a total of 571,253 copies in its first week, outselling the rest of the Top 40 combined and making it the fastest selling single in the UK by a female artist, beating "...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears.
As of November 2007, Lewis's version of the song has sold over 1,000,000 copies in the UK.
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