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X Factor auditions come to Birmingham

Thousands queued for Birmingham's X Factor auditions in 2013 Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

The X Factor auditions come to Birmingham today with prospective singers hoping to become the next Sam Bailey.

Auditions open at 9am today at St Andrews Stadium.

Singers will perform in front the X Factor team, with the best invited back for the judges' auditions in the summer.

Further details of the Birmingham auditions can be found here.

Leicester's Sam Bailey was crowned X Factor champion in 2013 Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sam Bailey hoping for Mother's Day hit

Sam Bailey Credit: PA

According to this morning's Official Charts Company sales data, X Factor winner Sam Bailey could be number 1 in the album charts this weekend. Her album, "The Power of Love" looks likely to knock George Michael's "Symphonica" off top spot.

Today's sales update puts her almost 4000 copies ahead of the second best selling single, Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey’s "Going Back Home". If Sam maintains her lead, The Power Of Love will be the highest charting X Factor winners’ album since Alexandra Burke in October, 2009.


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X Factor's Sam Bailey prepares for NTA performance

The X Factor winner Sam Bailey has tweeted she is preparing for her performance at tonight's National Television Awards.

The X Factor will go up against Strictly Come Dancing once more tonight for best talent show, along with Britain's Got Talent, Dancing On Ice and The Voice.

For a full list of nominees click here

Sam Bailey loses charts top spot after just one week

Leicester's X Factor winner Sam Bailey has been knocked off the number one spot after just one week in the official charts rundown.

After being beaten into second place last week, Pharrell Williams came back fighting and took over the top position, claiming his third number one hit of the year.

Sam Bailey has been knocked off the number one spot Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The 36-year-old mother-of-two sold 149,000 copies of her winner's single Skyscraper, a cover of Demi Lovato's hit single, bagging her the Christmas Number One title - albeit with the lowest sales for that week on record.

Meanwhile, Robbie Williams held onto the top spot in the albums chart, despite facing competition from his Take That bandmate and X Factor judge Gary Barlow.

Pharrell Williams knocked Sam Bailey off the top spot Credit: Matthew Baker/PA


Sam Bailey to perform at Twickenham match

The winner of this year's X-Factor, Sam Bailey, has tweeted that she will be performing at Twickenham as the Harlequins take on the Exeter Chiefs in Big Game 6.

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Sam Bailey: Christmas Number One is 'icing on the cake'

Former prison officer turned X Factor winner Sam Bailey has said achieving the coveted Christmas Number One spot with her debut single 'Skyscraper' was the "icing on the cake".

X Factor winner Sam Bailey with a copy of her new single at an HMV Store in Leicester. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Bailey told "Being Number 1 is absolutely amazing.

"It really is the icing on the cake and it means Great Ormond Street Children's Charity and Together For Short Lives will benefit from the single, which makes it extra special."

Sam Bailey is crowned Christmas Number 1 winner

Sam Bailey with the Official Number one trophy Credit: Official Charts Company

Former Leicester prison officer turned X Factor winner Sam Bailey has achieved the coveted Christmas Number One spot with her debut single 'Skyscraper'.

The 36-year-old mum of two sold 149,000 copies of the cover version of Demi Lovato's original, beating Pharell's new release Happy to the top of the charts.

Official Chart logo Credit: Official Charts Company

Earlier this week Sam came back to Leicester to perform at her beloved football club, Leicester City, at their League Cup tie against Manchester City.

Sam Bailey says she's delighted with the number one Credit: Official Charts Company
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