Bexley-born X Factor winner Sam Bailey says she will return to her hometown

PUBLISHED: 16:04 19 December 2013 | UPDATED: 11:20 20 December 2013

Sam Bailey performing on X Factor. Picture: Thames TV

Sam Bailey performing on X Factor. Picture: Thames TV


Bexley-born X Factor winner Sam Bailey has promised her hometown fans she will be returning to where she grew up once her schedule eases a little.

The mother-of-two is still riding high after winning the X Factor crown in Sunday’s final evening. She received a jaw-dropping million votes to secure the title.

This week the 36-year-old said her workload has unsurprisingly been “non-stop”. “Right now I am heading back to Leicester because I have got a signing for the single this evening,” said Sam, to the Bexley Times.

“I have got loads of friends in Bexley and when I have the time I will go back – I do miss them. I miss the Clock Tower.”

“It has been non-stop but I did get a chance to do a bit of Christmas shopping on Wednesday night.

“I didn’t get it all done but I did get myself a watch – it’s something I’ve always wanted.”

It is to her credit she manages to think about presents for her family when she is on the verge of having a Christmas number one hit.

Her single Skyscraper – a cover of Demi Lovato’s hit song – is currently top of the midweek charts, outstripping her nearest rival Pharrell Williams’s ‘Happy’, by two copies to one.

Sam, though, said she will only believe it once the charts have been announced on Sunday evening. Only then will the normally teetotal mum allow herself “a small glass of champagne”.

She added: “I am a realist and I sort of sit there and wait for things to happen, but if I could get to be Christmas number one that would be the icing on the cake.

“I might allow myself a small glass of champagne.”

This week Sam was forced to admit she had only received a Twitter message from music mogul Simon Cowell after Sunday’s result.

So has she finally spoken to the 54-year-old X Factor boss?

“Simon Cowell has phoned me, that was very bizarre,” she admits, revealing she struggled to think of anyone but comedian John Culshaw, who does a spoof impression of Cowell, during their 15 minute conversation.

“He said he was really pleased for me and that he liked the single. He mentioned that he saw something in me when I performed - he also encouraged me to have as much input as possible into the album.”

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