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X-Factor winner receives hero's welcome in Leicester

Sam Bailey sings at half-time Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sam Bailey, Leicester's X-Factor winner, received a hero's welcome last night as she sang at half-time in the match between Leicester City and Manchester City.

The crowd chanted "Sam Bailey, she's one of our own" as the former prison officer belted out her new single, a cover of Demi Lovato's Skyscraper.

She also performed a version of Whitney Houston's How Will I Know, at the King Power Stadium.

Sam is welcomed by fans at her homecoming gig in the city last week Credit: PA

I loved every minute of it! I have been so excited all day...It was a real honour to perform for the crowd and the team. Leicester is my home and it's fantastic to be back and supporting the lads.

– Sam Bailey

Alas, her appearance did not bring her team luck as Leicester were knocked out of the Capital One Cup with a 1-3 defeat in the quarter-final.

Sam Bailey sings at half-time Credit: PA

Since I moved to Leicester it has always been a dream of mine to perform at Leicester City. All the family are massive fans and to sing in front of a sell-out crowd at King Power Stadium will be a special moment for me

– Sam Bailey

Sam beat teenager Nicholas McDonald on Sunday in the final of the ITV competition at London's Wembley Arena.

She's now hoping Skyscraper will make it to number one in time for Christmas and will support Beyonce on the UK leg of her Mrs Carter world tour in February.

Click here to see who she's up against for the festive top spot.

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