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X Factor winner speaks out about internet troll

Sam Bailey has spoken out about a social media troll. Credit: Press Association

X Factor winner Sam Bailey has revealed how a run-in with a web troll on social media led to her being contacted by social services.

The former prison officer from Bexley, who was crowned winner of the ITV talent show last year, said a woman reported her to the local authorities after seeing a picture posted on Facebook of the star.

She told the Daily Mirror: "I posted a photo of me in a nightclub when I was pregnant with Miley, pulling a silly face with mates. She took that as I was absolutely steaming drunk.

"Next thing I know, she had reported me to social services...The school had to get involved. It was awful.

"I had to take a photo of the woman into the school because I was concerned she would go there and pick my kids up. I was petrified."

Police contacted the troll and the situation was resolved but Bailey is backing last week's announcement of tougher sentencing for online abusers.

Internet trolls are to face up to two years in jail under tough new laws proposed by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.


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X Factor's Hannah Barrett racially abused on Twitter

The teenager said she feels lucky to be involved with the X Factor Credit: PA

X Factor contestant Hannah Barrett says she has been subjected to racist abuse since being thrust into the limelight.

The 17 year old singer said that she had been taunted on Twitter because of her skin colour.

She told Reveal magazine: "I've received a lot of horrible, racist comments on Twitter.

"People say I'm too dark to be a singer.

"People say: 'You're black and ugly' and nasty things like that."

She added: "The sad thing is that most of them are made by black people who just have lighter skin than me."

The X Factor hopeful said that she did not let the comments get her down and that she felt "blessed" to be part of the show.

X Factor: Hannah Barrett's 'own brand of soul music'

X Factor contestant Hannah Barrett told ITV News today how she wanted to bring her own brand of soul music back to the chart. She says she already winning new fans where she lives in Croydon, south London.

17-year-old Hannah was introduced to music by her father, who died when she was nine but left her with a love of classic soul and jazz singers including Ella Fitzgerald and Anita Baker.

She fell out with her mother before her audition and currently lives in accommodation for homeless youngsters and also works part-time in a baker's.

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'Excitement' in queues for X Factor auditions

People wait in the queue at the ExCel centre in east London where X Factor auditions are being held. Credit: PA

There was a "real sense of excitement" at the latest round of X Factor auditions this morning, as hundreds of singing hopefuls formed a long queue in a bid to become the next big star.

Host Dermot O'Leary greeted eager wannabes and posed for photographs at the London auditions, where a large crowd had gathered in the sunshine from before 9am.

The presenter said he was as enthusiastic about the show - now in its tenth series - as ever, and believed it was all down to the new people he met every year.

"You've got a real sense of excitement. You meet people you've never met before and in all walks of life as well. There's so many characters - that's why I love it," he said.

Kelly quits X Factor

Kelly Rowland has quit The X Factor. The former Destiny's Child star said today she would not return as a judge for the next series.

Despite weeks of negotiations with ITV1 she could not work out a deal that meant she could juggle the "increasing demands" of the show with her musical commitments.

Kelly Rowland - unable to juggle singing commitments with "increasing demands" of X Factor Credit: ITV1/Syco

She said: "I loved the UK and being part of the show last year. Mentoring the girls was such an incredible experience I will never forget."

There are reports that former judge Dannii Minogue may return to the programme when it returns later this year.


X Factor Facebook Auditions

Singers who want to take part in this year's X Factor have until May 8th to audition via Facebook.

Producers of the hit ITV show announced today that contestants who missed out on the open auditions in six cities can apply by recording a video and uploading it via the X Factor Facebook page.

New hope for X Factor contestants Credit: ITV/Syco

Producer Richard Holloway said: “We want to cast our net as wide as possible.find the best talent the country has to offer"

This year, for the first time, The X Factor is accepting entries from both professionals and amateurs.

Previous winners include Londoners Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke.