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X Factor favourite Sam Bailey not feeling the heat ahead of final

PUBLISHED: 11:03 09 December 2013 | UPDATED: 11:03 09 December 2013

Sam Bailey at a premiere at Odeon Leicester Square, London.

Sam Bailey at a premiere at Odeon Leicester Square, London.

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When you are the bookies’ favourite to win TV’s biggest talent contest you would think X Factor hopeful Sam Bailey would be feeling the heat.

But according to the prison officer turned glamour puss, now into this weekend’s final, apparently not.

There seems to be no stopping the 36-year-old from Bexley Village, who has wowed viewers every weekend with her pitch-perfect vocals.

She is tipped to perform a duet with X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger in the finale, in which she must see off Nicholas McDonald and Luke Friend to be crowned the winner.

But the former Cleeve Park School student is keeping her feet firmly on the ground.

“There is a lot of pressure on me but I can only do my best and go out there and enjoy it because it could be gone tomorrow,” she told the Bexley Times when she took time out from rehearsals.

The mum-of-two has spent much of her life chasing her singing dream, having started out performing at pub karaoke nights in Bexley and going on to work on cruise ships.

But as the series draws to a close Sam is looking more and more like a star, and she has admitted her confidence has swelled since slimming down and glamming up.

“I’ve never been a dress wearing kind of person but I am enjoying it,” she said. “I don’t think I believed I would ever be saying ‘Oh my God I love that dress’.

The songstress confessed she looks forward to kicking off her high heels when she comes off stage, adding: “If I had it my way I would be up there in a trackie.”

If Sam takes this year’s crown she will be the first over-25s winner since Steve Brookstein in 2004.

“I think I would drop to my knees if I won,” she said. “It doesn’t even bear thinking about.

“I’ve come such a long way emotionally and I have learnt a lot about myself. I’ve really enjoyed the process.”

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