Prison officer crowned ‘X Factor’ winner
PRISON officer Sam Bailey has been crowned the UK's 10th ‘X Factor’ winner after the public picked her over teenager Nicholas McDonald in the final show of the series.
Bailey, a 36-year-old mother of two, has won a recording contract and will support American pop superstar Beyonce on the UK leg of her Mrs Carter world tour in February.
The clear favourite before the announcement, Bailey said in front of 10,000 fans at last night’s final at London’s Wembley Arena that she did not know what to say after being told she had received over a million votes.
The final pair had one last chance to win over the public by earlier performing their respective winners' singles, with McDonald – mentored by Louis Walsh – starting off with his cover of Five For Fighting's ‘Superman’ while Bailey followed with Skyscrapers.
They each had a chance to perform again their favourite finals song as well.
McDonald went with her take on Sarah McLachlan's ‘Angel’, while Bailey made judge Sharon Osborne cry with her rendition of Celine Dion's ‘The Power Of Love’, which she first performed way back in week one.