Sam Bailey 'Leading The X Factor By A Million Miles'
Prison officer said to have been dominating voting in recent weeks...
Sam Bailey is looking like a dead cert to win this year's series of The X Factor, it has been reported.
The Sun newspaper claims that the prison officer, affectionately dubbed ScrewBo in reference to Susan Boyle, has been notching up more than a third of the entire vote each week.
A source on the show was quoted as saying that she is "a million miles" ahead of her rivals and that "it'll take a miracle for anyone else to win".
Her commanding lead in the supposedly secret vote is said to be unheard of in the history of the 10-year-old show.
"Sam Bailey is so far ahead it is unreal," the source said. "She's the runaway leader, a million miles in front of her nearest rival and, if it was the final this weekend, she would romp home.
"Viewers love her voice and have really taken to her back-story. She is a mum who has worked in a tough job and people seem to relate to that."
But show supremo Simon Cowell is reported to be unhappy about the voting patterns, having apparently wanted Tamera Foster to win.
The source said: "He wants Tamera Foster to win. He has publicly said she is a star and he genuinely thinks she could be massive internationally like Leona Lewis — but she isn't connecting with the public.
"She's already been in the bottom two and Simon is frantic she improves her position.
"If the voting carries on as it has been, the final is looking like Sam, Nicholas McDonald and Sam Callahan — surely one of the most boring ever."
SiCo is reported tyo have signed a new three-year deal wirth ITV.