X FACTOR: Can Bexley's Sam Bailey win tonight?

This Is Local London: Bexley's Sam Bailey is the bookies' favourite to win tonight. Bexley's Sam Bailey is the bookies' favourite to win tonight.

BEXLEY’S Sam Bailey is just one step away from being crowned the winner of The X Factor after surviving the first night of this weekend’s final.

Last night (Dec 14) kicked off this year’s two-part final where Luke Friend came third after receiving the fewest votes after two performances by each finalist.

Now, the only obstacle that remains for the 36-year-old, who remains the bookies' favourite, is Scottish teen Nicholas McDonald.

Having made it to very last stage, Sam is more determined than ever to take the title.

She said: “I have been waiting for this moment my whole life. Nothing is going to stop me now. I want this so much.”

The mother-of-two, who grew up in Eynsford Road in Bexley Village, wowed the 10,000-strong audience and judges at Wembley Arena with her version of Lady Gaga’s Edge of Glory.

After her performance, she said: “I’m absolutely buzzing. This is what I was meant to do all those years ago and I’m here now and I’m not gonna let go.”

Mentor Sharon Osbourne told Sam: “You made it, you are here and I tell you what, forget girl power, it’s about woman power.

“Woman power and hard work have got you here and I just hope that your fans back you for one more week to get you through. Please one more week.”

And it wouldn't be an X Factor final without shedding a few tears - and that's what happened when Sam's grandmother Rita made a surprise appearance and delivered an emotional tribute to the singer.

Later, judge Nicole Scherzinger joined Sam on stage to belt out And I’m Telling You from Broadway musical Dreamgirls.

Of Sam’s chances, Nicole added: “This one, I didn’t get to say it, she isn’t standing on the edge of glory, she’s right in the middle of glory.

“And she was an honour to share the stage with. I love you Sam.”

As well as a record deal, this year’s winner will support Beyonce on the UK leg of the Mrs Carter tour in February 2014. 

If Sam Bailey takes the crown tonight, she’ll be the first over-25 act to win since Steve Brookstein in series one.

Do you think Sam can win The X Factor tonight? Show your support in the comments below.

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4:11pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Lil'MissNoNWO says...

People still watch this drivel?
People still watch this drivel? Lil'MissNoNWO

4:18pm Sun 15 Dec 13

The Fozziest of Bears says...

I keep telling you NS journalists (?) the same thing :

The Sun leaked the story 5 weeks ago that she is the winner - nobody believes all that telephone voting garbage anymore.

She has won (not just on merit), but because she is a marketable item for Simon Cowell's record business - given that she is not the same demographic as all the previous winners.

Next year, the winner will be a guy in his 40's (obviously with a tear-jerk backstory), as that is what we are due to be served up next.

The programme is a soap opera - not a singing contest.
I keep telling you NS journalists (?) the same thing : The Sun leaked the story 5 weeks ago that she is the winner - nobody believes all that telephone voting garbage anymore. She has won (not just on merit), but because she is a marketable item for Simon Cowell's record business - given that she is not the same demographic as all the previous winners. Next year, the winner will be a guy in his 40's (obviously with a tear-jerk backstory), as that is what we are due to be served up next. The programme is a soap opera - not a singing contest. The Fozziest of Bears

11:39pm Sun 15 Dec 13

applause says...

The Fozziest of Bears wrote:
I keep telling you NS journalists (?) the same thing :

The Sun leaked the story 5 weeks ago that she is the winner - nobody believes all that telephone voting garbage anymore.

She has won (not just on merit), but because she is a marketable item for Simon Cowell's record business - given that she is not the same demographic as all the previous winners.

Next year, the winner will be a guy in his 40's (obviously with a tear-jerk backstory), as that is what we are due to be served up next.

The programme is a soap opera - not a singing contest.
You sound so bitter.
[quote][p][bold]The Fozziest of Bears[/bold] wrote: I keep telling you NS journalists (?) the same thing : The Sun leaked the story 5 weeks ago that she is the winner - nobody believes all that telephone voting garbage anymore. She has won (not just on merit), but because she is a marketable item for Simon Cowell's record business - given that she is not the same demographic as all the previous winners. Next year, the winner will be a guy in his 40's (obviously with a tear-jerk backstory), as that is what we are due to be served up next. The programme is a soap opera - not a singing contest.[/p][/quote]You sound so bitter. applause

1:41am Mon 16 Dec 13

The Fozziest of Bears says...

Not bitter (can't sing), but bored with this website going on and on as if this TV show was a real contest.
Not bitter (can't sing), but bored with this website going on and on as if this TV show was a real contest. The Fozziest of Bears

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