Sam Bailey wins The X Factor 2013

X Factor champ Sam Bailey and her mentor Sharon Osbourne celebrate as she wins this year's X Factor with Nicholas McDonald taking second place

Sam Bailey has won The X Factor 2013 with more than one million votes.


This means mentor Sharon Osbourne has bagged her first win as a judge on the show, with Louis Walsh’s act Nicholas McDonald placing second.

The prison officer, 35, has all but been the face of this year’s show, having stunned with her vocals from the very first episode of the series.

Indeed, Sam impressed so much with her performance of Beyonce’s Listen in the room auditions judge Gary Barlow was all but ready to be locked up by the star: “Cuff me”, he joked. 

Even after that one performance the judges were up on their feet, each giving her an easy nod through to the next stage. Sam wowed the judges at Wembley, Bootcamp and survived the dreaded chairs before making it to Sharon’s Judges’ Houses in LA.

Although Sharon’s guest mentor Robbie Williams said he wasn’t sure where Sam “fit” in the music industry, Sharon added the powerful songstress to her final three ready for the live shows.

And it’s a blooming good job she did given Sharon went on to lose her other acts Lorna Simpson and Shelley Smith in the first two weeks.

But Sam has been all but faultless throughout the Saturday night shows, not once ending up in the dreaded sing-off.

Sam’s rendition of Elton John’s Candle in the Wind in the semi-final blew the judges away, and guests including Leona Lewis and Olly Murs voiced their support for the star over the series.

For this final weekend, Sam showed exactly what she can do with her voice. Girls’ mentor Nicole Scherzinger joined Sam for a performance of Dreamgirls track And I Am Telling You (enough ‘schamazness’ to blow even the sturdiest of televisions!). And her performance of Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga and Jennifer Rush’s Power of Love proved there’s no song too big for her vocals. 

Sam will now release her winner’s single, a cover of Demi Lovato’s Skyscraper, in a bid for this year’s Christmas number one.

And that’s it… until 2014 that is!