A tabloid newspaper has today claimed that X Factor boss Simon Cowell is “furious” that Sam Bailey is favourite to win this year’s contest, while Tamera Foster’s future on the show looks more uncertain than ever after her gaffe during last night’s performance.
The report in The Sun comes just a day after the paper also claimed that Sam is now “unbeatable” in the contest and has, week on week, landed a whopping 35% of the public vote. Tamera however was in the bottom two last week, and last night’s faux pas may see her there again tonight.
But of the allegation that Simon is fuming, the paper states, “Cowell is furious Sam ‘Screwbo’ Bailey is set to win X Factor — as he plans to stake a fortune on Tamera Foster being a star.”
An insider is quoted as saying, “Simon is besotted by Tamera and has dollar signs in his eyes when she sings.
“He thinks she’s the full package. She has the voice, the looks and is young enough for a long career.
“He thinks of a young Beyoncé when he thinks of Tamera…
“Simon knows she’s more marketable than Sam and is prepared to put his money where his mouth is.”
And of the report yesterday about Sam leading in the public vote each week – as we told you yesterday, a percentage of the cash raised from this weekend’s X Factor will be donated to the fund set up to assist the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines – the show source remarked, “They suspected she was doing well but it shocked them just how well.
“Sam’s loving it. But she wasn’t lacking in confidence to start with.”
Obviously Simon and/or his representatives haven’t commented on this story from The Sun, but I have to say, I find it somewhat difficult to believe that Cowell would be at all bothered about who actually wins X Factor, as long as it’s a credible artist, which they all are this year…
The fact is, he’s not exactly short of money, and if he wished to, he probably could sign up any or all of this year’s singers after the show ends and bankroll their first albums, so as I say, I can’t really see that he much cares who wins, much less who’s favourite right now.
And let’s not forget that his biggest success story, One Direction, didn’t win in their year. Neither did Olly Murs.
What do you think?
For now, here’s a reminder of Tamera’s performance last night…
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