Distant Star

Mole was intrigued to learn that prior to winning The X Factor and becoming a superstar singer, Leona Lewis worked at London-based brokerage Metropolitan Mortgages.

Last Friday, Metropolitan boss Michael Marks waxed lyrical in The Sun about the virtues of Lewis when she was a PA.

“I even offered her the chance to train as a mortgage broker but I have to come to terms with the fact that she’s not coming back,” he told the paper.

With kids downloading tunes illegally rather than flashing their cash times may be tough in the music world but while the credit crisis is still in full swing, Mole suggests that Lewis delays her return to the mortgage market.

While Simon Cowell and the The X Factor audience might have been hard to please, they were probably pussy-cats compared with hungry borrowers hunting cheap fixed rates.