Saturday 21 October 2017

'X Factor' Sam wins fight for festive No 1

X Factor winner Sam Bailey with a copy of her new single at an HMV Store
X Factor winner Sam Bailey with a copy of her new single at an HMV Store

'X FACTOR' winner Sam Bailey has won the battle for this year's UK Christmas number one.

The 36-year-old former prison officer sold twice as many copies of her single, 'Skyscraper', than US star Pharrell Williams in second.

Bailey (36) who was crowned the winner of the singing contest last week, is splitting all proceeds between Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and Together For Short Lives, a charity that helps children with life-threatening conditions.

AMAZING

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has agreed to waive VAT on the sales from the release.

Bailey told OfficialCharts. com: "Being Number 1 is absolutely amazing.

"It really is the icing on the cake and it means Great Ormond Street Children's Charity and Together For Short Lives will benefit from the single, which makes it extra special."

Bailey sold 149,000 copies of 'Skyscraper', outstripping 'Happy' by Williams by more than two copies to one to become one of the fastest selling singles of the year.

'One More Sleep' by the 2006 'X Factor' winner Leona Lewis came in third spot.

Irish Independent

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