Prison Officer Sam Bailey has been crowned winner of The X Factor 2013, bringing the tenth anniversary series to an extraordinary finale.
Sam, 36, has wowed viewers ever since she first appeared on The X Factor back in August and will now immediately release her first single Skyscraper.
Originally a hit for Demi Lovato in 2011 when it spent 17 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100, Sam’s incredible interpretation is available to download now from all major platforms, with the physical CD single being rush released and in shops on Wednesday 18th December. The physical edition will be backed by recordings of three of Sam’s finest X Factor performances – namely The Power Of Love, Make You Feel My Love and No More Tears.
Mentored by Sharon Osborne on her triumphant return to the series, mother-of-two Sam has produced show stopping performances week after week. From her first audition when she sang Beyonce’s Listen, viewers and Judges alike have been astounded by the quality and power of Sam’s voice.
Sam says: “I’m still in shock but all my dreams have come true tonight. I’m overwhelmed by all the support I’ve received and wish I could thank everyone individually for making this such a special moment for me. I love my single and with the proceeds from it going to such great causes, I really couldn’t be happier.”
Sharon Osbourne says: “I always knew Sam could be our winner and I’m so proud. She represents what The X Factor is all about. Skyscraper is such a powerful song and to quote my good friend Lou Lou she has completely made it her own.”
For the release of Skyscraper, Syco will donate 100% of its profits from the sales of each CD single and download to be shared equally by the charities Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (Registered Charity No: 235825) and Together for Short Lives (Registered Charity No: 1144022). This donation will be at least £1 for each CD sold in the UK and at least 20p for each download sold in the UK.
A host of leading music retailers will also donate their share of profits from the single to the charities including Vevo, Spotify, Google Play, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, HMV, Morrisons and Asda.
Moreover, the government has agreed to waive the VAT on the sales of the winning contestant single. George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, says: “Together for Short Lives and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity provides support to vulnerable children and their families at an important time. I want to make sure these charities really benefit with as much money as possible going to them – that’s why I am giving back the tax paid on sales of the winning single.”
Tim Johnson, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity Chief Executive comments, “We’re huge fans of Sam Bailey and are absolutely thrilled that sales of her single will help us continue to provide world class care for our young patients from across the UK. Families and staff on Eagle Ward met Sam during a recent visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital and I know they will be backing her all the way to number one. We hope more people than ever will buy this year’s single and give hope to very sick children and their families”
Barbara Gelb, CEO, Together for Short Lives comments “Congratulations Sam. We are so thrilled that Sam Bailey is the 2013 X Factor winner. Her single Skyscraper is amazing and has the power to make an enormous difference to children and families. Sam has a fantastic voice and we know that she will really drive single sales and in doing so will raise
awareness of the needs of seriously ill children. Every single sold will make a real difference to the incredible lifeline services, like children’s hospices, who support the UK’s 49,000 children and young people with life-threatening and life- limiting conditions. When you buy a copy of Sam Bailey’s single Skyscraper you will be helping families to continue benefiting from these incredible services. By doing this you’ll be helping families to make the most of every precious moment. Thank you X Factor for this amazing opportunity and we wish Sam all the luck in the world”
Having completed its 10th year on air, the X Factor still dominates TV screens, news headlines and conversations across the country, all whilst discovering and nurturing some of the world’s most renowned music talent.