Sam has wow factor with home fans

St Helens Star: X Factor winner Sam Bailey is to sing at the Capital One Cup match between Leicester City and Manchester City at King Power Stadium in her home town X Factor winner Sam Bailey is to sing at the Capital One Cup match between Leicester City and Manchester City at King Power Stadium in her home town

X Factor winner Sam Bailey received a hero's welcome when she returned to her home town to perform during Leicester City's cup clash with Manchester City.

The 36-year-old former prison officer and mother of two drew cheers from both home and away fans for her half-time performance of her new single, a cover of Demi Lovato's Skyscraper.

She also performed a version of Whitney Houston's How Will I Know, at King Power Stadium tonight.

Terraces shone with smartphone lights and Leicester fans chanted "Sam Bailey, she's one of our own" as the singer, wearing her team's coat, kicked a ball into the goal.

"I loved every minute of it! I have been so excited all day," she said. "It was a real honour to perform for the crowd and the team. Leicester is my home and it's fantastic to be back and supporting the lads."

Before the show she had praised the team's performance this season and hoped fans would "keep the faith for what will be a massive game."

"Since I moved to Leicester it has always been a dream of mine to perform at Leicester City. All the family are massive fans and to sing in front of a sell-out crowd at King Power Stadium will be a special moment for me," she added.

Sadly Bailey's appearance did not bring her team luck as Leicester were knocked out of the Capital One Cup with a 1-3 defeat in the quarter-final.

Bailey won a public vote to beat teenager Nicholas McDonald at the end of a live show in front of 10,000 people at London's Wembley Arena on Sunday.

Leicester striker David Nugent, goalkeeper Kaspar Schmeichel, left back Paul Konchesky and midfielder Andy King had turned out to her X Factor shows in support.

Now, with a £1 million recording contract from Simon Cowell's Syco Music, she will support pop superstar Beyonce on the UK leg of her Mrs Carter world tour in February - and Skyscraper will bid for the Christmas number one.

Bookmaker William Hill has made her the 1/8 favourite for the position. A spokesman said: "Sam was 1/8 to win the X Factor and she won that with ease.

"She is now the same price to bag Christmas number one and we think she is equally likely to scoop that accolade."

Syco will share its profits for CD and download sales with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and Together For Short Lives, donating £1 for each CD sold in the UK and at least 20p for each download.

Bailey, who auditioned for the show's fourth series in 2007 but failed in the first round, is the oldest winner since Steve Brookstein topped season 1 in 2004.

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