X Factor finalist Sam Bailey to perform in Leicester tonight

Prison officer turned superstar singer Sam Bailey is performing a special gig for fans and supporters in Leicester tonight. Sam, who lives in Leicester Forest East, will be singing to win this Saturday in the X Factor live final.

Sam Bailey's back in Leicester

It's the reality TV event of the year and it's only three days away - the X Factor live final hits our screens this Saturday and Sunday on ITV.

The favourite to win is Leicester mother-of-two and prison officer Sam Bailey - who's back home tonight to perform a homecoming concert.

Andy Bevan has been there to watch the red carpet being rolled out.

Leicester's Sam Bailey to meet fans at homecoming gig

Leicester's Sam Bailey is the heavy favourite to win this weekend's X Factor final
Leicester's Sam Bailey is the heavy favourite to win this weekend's X Factor final Credit: ITV/X Factor/Syco

X Factor star Sam Bailey will meet with fans as she returns to her home city of Leicester for a special gig tonight.

The prison officer will be greeted by fireworks as she arrives on the red carpet outside Curve, in Orton Square, from 5pm tonight.

Around 1,800 free tickets for the event will be handed out from 10am this morning at the Athena on Rutland Street.

Sam is expected to spend at least 30 minutes meeting fans during the red carpet event, before she makes her way into the Athena to prepare for the gig.

Watch: Sam Bailey performs "If I Were A Boy."

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X Factor star Sam Bailey to perform in Leicester tonight

Sam Bailey (right) is through to this weekend's X Factor final
Sam Bailey (right) is through to this weekend's X Factor final Credit: ITV/X Factor/Syco

Leicester's prison officer-turned superstar singer Sam Bailey is performing a special gig for fans in her home city tonight.

Sam, who lives in Leicester Forest East, is the bookies' heavy favourite to win the X Factor this weekend.

She will be performing at the Athena tonight with tickets going on sale at 10am today at the arena.

Sam will perform "Edge of Glory" by Lady Gaga and "Power of Love" by Jennifer Rush in this weekend's live final.

Watch: Sam Bailey answers fans' questions

Watch: Sam Bailey performs 'Candle in the Wind'