Under the wing of mentor Sharon Osbourne, Sam Bailey quickly became the critic’s favourite to win the X Factor in 2013. Now three years after her triumph, the gold selling artist is preparing to steal the nation’s hearts once again, with an eagerly awaited second tour on the horizon and a new album set for release later this year.

The year that changed former Leicestershire prison guard Sam Bailey’s life as she stood nervously in front of X Factor judges Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow to perform Beyonces powerfull song ‘Listen’. From that moment she captured the judge’s attention and her progression through the competition was serene.

Sam Bailey’s hotly anticipated new single Sing My Heart Out is now available to pre-order on iTunes. Sam has been busy in the studio since last year, working on her new album featuring completely original material which has been co-written by herself.

We were given the chance to interview the 2013 X Factor winner.

What projects are you currently working on?
Out gigging at the moment, promoting the single, and the album, just finished The Musical Chicago, Butlins Tour all over the summer called The Pop Tour - travel around all the Butlins and was in Minehead and in Skegness tonight.

What 3 things would you take on a desert island?
I would take Wi-Fi, a phone and tins of Ravioli.

Are you a big fan of Ravioli?
Yes I love my Ravioli.

Which Celebrity do you think is the most influential?
I would probably say Sharon Osborne; whenever she gets knocked down she gets back up again, really strong women, regardless of what is happening in her life at the moment and in the public eye.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
The most embarrassing thing was years ago, I went to a nightclub, went to the toilet and had a bit of loo roll hanging at the back of me...
It was a long time ago about 20 years ago, it was highly embarrassing though.

What do you do when you are not working?
When I am not working I play catch-up on everything. Running around like headless chickens, do some stuff in town, checking in on people. Husband has been washing all her stuff from her suitcases but generally playing catch-up.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
Hopefully just literally just plodding along, doing what I am doing now. I do not want a massive world domination or anything just sit pretty and carry on working.

What is the best advice you have been given?
Stay grounded, which I have done.

What motivates you?
My kids!

Who would be on your guest list if you were entertaining a dinner party?
My Dad who sadly died in 2008, my husband and my kids, I would probably say there are a lot of people who I did not get to meet, people like Whitney Houston, Freddie Mercury, who are very inspirational in my life I would also like to invite Celine Dion she sounds like a bit of a giggle.

How do you feel about Leicester winning the Premiership?
Oh it was brilliant, don’t think anyone expected it to be honest, we done it; we need to sit pretty in the premiership and plod along, it has changed football forever. Don’t need to spend a lot of money on players, it is over rated, it has definitely changed the way of the game. Very proud that I am from Leicester and am looking forward to going on Saturday I have a season ticket.

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