Bailey ready to give acting a go
X Factor winner Sam Bailey says she wants to try her hand at acting after being dropped from her record deal with Simon Cowell's firm Syco.
The singer, a former prison guard from Leicester who won the show in 2013, told ITV's Lorraine show she was not surprised at the parting of the ways with Cowell.
She said: "If Syco had said ' OK we're going to renew your contract' I'd be questioning what they wanted to do with me because I don't want to do another covers album.
"I want to be recognised as an artist that' s going to write some songs".
The singer, whose latest tour finishes tonight, said : "No-one off the X Factor has done any sort of acting. I'm quite a comical person, on this tour everyone said ' my goodness you're so funny'.
"I don't mean to be, that's just naturally me."
Bailey, who said she "genuinely" believes she " should be taken seriously as an artist", said she was still in touch with her mentor on the show Sharon Osbourne.
She said: "S haron's had my back from day one."
Bailey scored a number one with her debut single Skyscraper following her X Factor win, and topped the charts with her album The Power Of Love.