Sam Bailey is Christmas No.1 but how well did she sell?

Prison officer Sam Bailey from Leicester has triumphed over teenager Nicholas McDonald to be named the 2013 X Factor winner.

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In pictures: Sam Bailey performs at King Power stadium

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.

Sam Bailey sings at half-time Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Sam Bailey sings at half-time Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Sam Bailey sings at half-time Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport


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Sam Bailey has not spoken to Simon Cowell yet

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.

X Factor winner Sam Bailey has not met Simon Cowell yet. Credit: Ian West/PA

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".

X-Factor votes show Sam Bailey dominated series

In the final, Sam Bailey secured 53.4% of the public vote Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

See the full breakdown of viewer votes here.


Leicester shows support for X Factor winner Sam Bailey

Patricia Porter was one of the first to buy Sam Bailey's winner's single Credit: ITV News Central

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.”_

Sam's single on the shelves in HMV in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central
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Sam Bailey to release 'fastest album in X Factor history'

Sam Bailey. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

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.

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