Sam Bailey crowned X Factor 2013 winner

Sam Bailey wins X Factor 2013. Credit: X Factor

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

Bailey, a 36-year-old mother of two, has won a recording contract and will support American pop superstar Beyonce on the UK leg of her Mrs Carter world tour in February.

The clear favourite before the announcement, Bailey said in front of 10,000 fans at tonight's live final at Wembley Arena that she did not know what to say after being told she had received over a million votes.

Earlier in the show, Bailey chose ballad The Power of Love as her song of the series.

Mentor and judge Sharon Osbourne's children Kelly and Jack congratulated the pair for the win:

The 17-year-old McDonald sang Angel by Sarah McLachlan as his song of the series in the X Factor final. Judge Nicole Scherzinger described the teenager as an "angel with buttery wings".

Bailey told X Factor that she will be celebrating by going on holiday to France: