Exclusive: X Factor's Sam Bailey: "Don't call me fake - I never worked with Lulu'

Published Friday, Sep 6 2013, 15:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
When Sam Bailey stepped onto the X Factor stage last weekend, she vowed the judges with her incredible voice.

And it didn't take long for the shy prison officer to win the public over too.

Sam Bailey X Factor contestant


But this week, the 35-year-old has been rocked by claims that she is already a professional singer.

A newspaper report claimed that Sam has spent years as a professional singer, performing alongside stars including Lulu and Beverley Knight.

And now, the mum-of-two has spoken exclusively to Reveal to set the record straight.

"I am not a professional singer,' she said. "I've not worked with Lulu or Beverley Knight. I've been at charity functions and they've been there too. I used to be a backing singer in a band in my spare time, and we'd perform at charity events and these stars would be the main attraction.

"I'd be as star struck as the next person!"

X Factor continues Saturday, 8pm on ITV.

Check out next Tuesday's Reveal magazine for the full interview

Watch Sam Bailey singing 'Listen' in her first audition: