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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 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.



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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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.
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".

Sam Bailey to release 'fastest album in X Factor history'

Sam Bailey.
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.


Sam Bailey 'totally overwhelmed' by X Factor victory

Sam Bailey has said she is "totally overwhelmed" after winning the X Factor.

Bailey, 36, triumphed over Nicholas McDonald to be crowned the 10th winner of the competition last night.

The former prison warden said her new-found fame was surreal, but was looking forward to spending time with her family and having the "best Christmas ever".

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Celebrities congratulate X Factor winner Sam Bailey


My girl @sambaileyreal did it! Congratulations on winning @thexfactor lady your talent is immense x


Congratulations MISS @sambaileyreal you deserve that!!! Wish ya sang CELINE on the final that rendition was my fav!!


Soooo happy about @thexfactor result!!!! I know I’m a bit late (no shock there!) haha but I’m SO pleased it was Sam!!! SOOO deserved!!! ?

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