Sam Bailey returned home to Leicester last night an X-Factor winner, and performed at half-time in the match between her beloved Leicester City and Manchester City.
This year's X-Factor winner Sam Bailey has arrived to sing at Leicester's League Cup quarter-final tonight against Manchester City.
Sam, who's from the city, will be performing at half-time.
Leicester X-Factor winner Sam Bailey has announced she will be returning to her hometown to sign copies of her new single 'Skyscraper'.
Just found out that I’m doing a signing at @hmvtweets Leicester on Thursday! Home crowd! Xxx
ITV News Central's Andy Bevan has presented Leicester X-Factor winner Sam Bailey with a cup of tea and a piece of cake.
X Factor boss Simon Cowell has not spoken to this year's winner, Sam Bailey, but the singer said she hopes they meet up soon.
She said: "I've not spoken to him directly but he's sent a congratulations tweet and he is tapping in and ringing up people and just asking how I'm doing and has said he's really happy with things.
"I've not spoken to him directly but he's very busy as I am but we'll meet each other soon".After her win, Cowell tweeted to say "congratulations" and described her win as "well deserved".
Details of the public votes for the X-Factor live shows have revealed Leicester's Sam Bailey was the winner on nine out of fourteen occasions.
The singer dominated from the very beginning, securing 23.4% of the vote in Week 1.
Last night's final saw Sam Bailey comprehensively beat rival Nicholas McDonald, with 53.4% of votes going to her.
X Factor Winner Sam Bailey is a woman in demand at the moment, but our correspondent Andy Bevan has been able to speak to the former prison officer from Leicester on her momentous win, and she thanked all her supporters in her home town.
People in Leicester have been showing their support for X-factor winner Sam Bailey by buying her winner's single less than 24 hours after she won the competition.
Patricia Porter was one of the first to get her hands on the physical copy of ‘Skyscraper’ at HMV in the city when they received their stock on Monday afternoon. She told ITV News Central:
_ “It’s for my daughter… that was the first thing she said to me this morning ‘mum don’t forget to get me the X-factor CD.’ So that’s what I’ve had to do.”_
After Sam Bailey's win last night X Factor bosses are hoping she will have the fastest turn around for her debut in the show's ten year history.
It is hoped it will be in the shops by the end of March.
Record bosses are hoping it will be ready for Mother's Day, on the final weekend of that month, to capitalise on her popularity following her win last night.
The star has now signed a deal with show boss Simon Cowell's company Syco as part of her prize for triumphing in the contest and she had already issued a digital version of her single Skyscraper.
"Sam, 36, will go into the recording studio next month to begin recording her debut album."The release date will be months ahead of the usual schedule for X Factor winners who have in recent years tended to opt for the autumn.