X Factor's Sam Bailey gets Christmas top spot

X Factor winner Sam Bailey has won the battle for this year's Christmas number one. The 36-year-old former prison officer sold twice as many copies of her single, Skyscraper, than US star Pharrell Williams in second.

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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 OfficialCharts.com: "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."

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Sam Bailey wins battle for Christmas number one

X Factor winner Sam Bailey has won the battle for this year's Christmas number one. The 36-year-old former prison officer sold twice as many copies of her single, Skyscraper, than US star Pharrell Williams in second.

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

Bailey, 36, who was crowned the winner of the singing contest last week, is splitting all proceeds between Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and Together For Short Lives, a charity which helps children with life-threatening conditions.

Chancellor George Osborne has agreed to waive VAT on the release.

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Sam Bailey expected to be Christmas Number 1

Leicester singer, Sam Bailey, is expected to be Christmas Number One, when the chart is announced later today.

Sam Bailey signing copies of her record at a store in Leicester Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

She has wowed audiences throughout the X Factor competition, and following her win last Sunday, released Skyscraper, which looks to be heading for the top spot over Christmas this year.

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