X Factor 2013: Tabloid claims Simon Cowell is “furious” that Sam Bailey’s favourite to win, not Tamera Foster!

by Lynn Rowlands

Sam Bailey sings Something on The X Factor

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…

tamera foster big band

“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.”

simon cowell and his dogs

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…

Check out our Great British Songbook themed chart and see who we rated and who we slated!

Leave your comments below…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.


  1. G* on November 17, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Simon want Tamera to win? Fixed show again?!

  2. cynic on November 19, 2013 at 2:11 am

    he wants either Rough Copy or Tamera to win… just watch how Rough Copy get special treatment! I hate the way Cowell fixes the winner for his own financial gain.

  3. Lucy on November 21, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    This actually really irks me. Simon needs to realise that he is not, in fact, the God of the music industry. Indeed, he certainly fails to realise that the industry isn’t just about business but artistic brilliance. That being said, he needs to get off his high horse and actually LISTEN to the public for a change. Maybe in his personal opinion he likes Tamera – that is fine, I can respect that – but he cannot deny that, so far, the public are choosing Sam Bailey as their favourite. So how dare he be furious about it. He cannot choose the public’s opinion for them. They have already sought out Sam Bailey as their star, and this is unlikely to change no matter how much Simon continues to big up Tamera.

    (Ps – respect to Tamera. I don’t hate her by any means. She’s not my favourite, but respect and good luck to her anyway)

  4. Stu on November 24, 2013 at 9:08 am

    ## Sam is what X Factor is all about. Sam is the publics vote,spectacular, buitiful voice. Simon you want to make money who lines your pockets radio stations dont special treatment. Sam is doing it all on her own and with her own voice not yours.Believe in your judges and the tabloid. Tamera – Simon recording studio forgetting words. Invest in club singing. Bin the X Factor we are sick. Ask the public for votes on a fix. You will get more than the winner##

  5. Cynthia on November 24, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Sam Bailey deserves to win Why settle for poor singing to get good looks a figure vote for a true talent Support normal people like ourselves Tamerea has a lot of growing up to do before she could handle a career like singing if she won it would destroy her life

  6. steffine on November 25, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I think Tamera foster is way more marketable than Sam and any other contestant that girl is going to be the upcoming biggest thing in the future, we all will see. remember that a steffine Anderson from Jamaica did predict so.Tamera has the whole package, she has a stunning voice, she is young and just need the right people to guide her she will g et there just like Rihanna , Beyoncé and all, she has star written all over her. People you all see it don’t deny it. its obvious. Tamera don’t worry about winning baby girl, the world is anticipating what next after the X factor cant wait to buy your album.

  7. steffine on November 25, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    some of these same people talking all kind of things gonna run after you little from this for autograph, me too lol, hope you will come to Jamaica to perform too or I will be able to come your show. your young and anticipating so much, but don’t worry hunny all will fall in place, just wish people can see you as a kid and treat you like one.

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