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Weekend Picks: Sam Bailey 'Sing your heart out'

De Montfort Hall, Leicester: Saturday 18th March 2017

Credit: ITV/XFactor

Leicester's Sam Bailey won the X-Factor back in 2013 and has since enjoyed significant success with her debut single and album.

Now three years on, she's embarked on her very own nationwide tour, which this weekend will see her return to her roots with a one night only performance at De Montford Hall.

The 'Sing your heart out' tour opened in Northampton 2 weeks ago, you can book your ticket or read more about the schedule here.


Former X Factor winner Sam Bailey causes outrage on Twitter

Sam Bailey has since removed the tweet Credit: Sam Bailey official Twitter account

Former X Factor winner Sam Bailey has landed herself in the centre of a Twitter storm after sayin that the UK borders should be closed in wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.

The 2013 competition winner, who's from Leicester, received a huge backlash from other users of the social networking site who said the mum-of-three was "ignorant".

After being bombarded with abuse, Sam swiftly deleted her tweet and apologised to those who didn't understand "what she meant".

She wrote on her account "Tweets deleted due to the amount of abuse I’ve received! I know what I meant and I apologise if people didn’t! I don’t deserve threats though"!

Humperdinck and Bailey join forces for start of tour

Englebert Humperdinck will be joined by Sam Bailey for the start of his 50 Years With Englebert Tour in Birmingham this evening.

Sam Bailey will join Englebert Humperdinck for the start of his tour Credit: PA

The tour gets underway at Symphony Hall, with Bailey also joining Humperdinck for the second night in London tomorrow.

The 78-year-old legend is fulfilling a promise he made to her on The X Factor in 2013.

"I spoke to Sam before the finals of X Factor and I promised her then that we would one day share a stage," he said.

"I'm happy to be fulfilling that promise."

Englebert has worked alongside the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and Elvis but is full of praise for his fellow Leicester-born singing sensation.

"She's no novice, having topped both the UK album and singles chart, supported Beyoncé and blown us all away on X Factor," he added.

"But I like to think there's still plenty I can teach her after half a century doing this!"

Sam Bailey reassures worried fans after hospital stay


Sam Bailey urges home-town hopefuls to audition

Previous winner Sam Bailey Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Previous X Factor winner Sam Bailey has told new hopefuls the show creates 'so many opportunities' and to definitely audition when the show visits her home-town later today.

Everyone should definitely go for it - what have they got to lose? My advice for those hoping to audition would be to just enjoy yourself don't give too much away - don't tell them your life story - and sing like your life depends on it.

Sam Bailey record signing in home-town of Leicester

Sam Bailey performing on the X Factor live tour Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

Sam Bailey will be signing copies of her recently-released album at a record store in her home town of Leicester today.

The X Factor winner released her debut album on Monday. She recently announced she is pregnant with her third child, and has pushed her headline tour back until next January as a result.

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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