The X Factor: Simon Cowell warns Sam Bailey not to be told what to do & cheese is out of the question

by Nick Barnes
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The last week or so has certainly been massive for a certain Sam Bailey as not only was she crowned the winner of The X Factor 2013 just over a week ago, but she also snagged the Christmas number one single on yesterday’s Official Charts.

However, that may well all be fine and dandy right now, but Simon Cowell has warned Sam that she has to start coming up with her song ideas and she mustn’t be cheesy!

Speaking to The Sun, the newly crowned star explained: Simon doesn’t want me to go down the cheesy route”.

If there’s anyone who can tell you to do things your way, it’s certainly Simon Cowell. I don’t think he’s ever listened to what he’s been told to do, and he’s made sure that Sam knows she can’t just “sit there and just say OK” when it comes to album proceedings.

She continued: “We were talking about my future for about 15 minutes and he told me, ‘When you talk about the album, don’t sit there and just say OK. Don’t let them tell you what to do. You need to research and have ideas.’ I already have ideas about the songs I want to do. A lot of stuff I’m looking at is close to my heart.

“Singing from the heart is what helped people to connect with me on X Factor in the first place. And there’s no point singing a song if you don’t mean it”.

'The X Factor' final TV show, Wembley Arena, London, Britain - 14 Dec 2013

Sam managed to rise to victory once again yesterday (Sunday, December 22) as she took the Christmas number one with her winner’s single, Skyscraper. All proceeds from the album are being shared between Great Ormond St Children’s Hospital and Together for Short Lives. There doesn’t seem to be any signs that the single is slowing down either… could Sam make it two weeks at number one?

Elsewhere, the former prison officer has revealed that her family began to struggle during her time on the show. Of course, the star wasn’t getting paid whilst she was on The X Factor, which meant that she had to borrow money from her mother and even dip into inheritance funds.

“At one point, I had to borrow money off my mum to buy new clothes,” she explained “I had to start using inheritance money my nan left me. It was tough, but we got through it, and I know we are going to be all right. I’ve been buying presents for family and friends to treat them”.

Well Sam, it won’t be for much longer as I reckon you’ll have the money rolling in very soon with a handy little cheque from Simon Cowell.

Nick Barnes

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