"A Moment Like This" is a song by British singer Leona Lewis, the winner of series 3 of The X Factor. The song was co-written by Jörgen Elofsson and John Reid 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.
The song was recorded in December 2006 and 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 because 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 Best British Single 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.
This version of the song broke a world record after it was downloaded 50,000 times within just 30 minutes of release. It sold over 100,000 copies on its first day on sale and also went on to become the most downloaded song of 2006. On December 24, it became the Christmas number one, having sold 571,253 copies, outselling the rest of the Top 40 combined.
It ended as the United Kingdom's second best selling single of the year. In January 2007, the single was awarded Platinum status by the British Phonographic Industry. According to the Official Charts Company, the song has sold 900,000 copies in the United Kingdom as of December 2014.
"A Moment Like This" stayed at number one for four weeks and also topped the Irish Singles Chart for six weeks. On January 4, 2007, it charted at number three on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles. On October 28, 2007, after the release of Lewis's second single "Bleeding Love", "A Moment Like This" re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number 55.