As Sam Bailey approaches the final, this video interview gives a glimpse into just how the contestant that the Mail is backing to win the X Factor this year is feeling about the challenge ahead.
The Gartree Prison officer is on the brink of fame and glory - but she needs your help to make her X Factor dream become a reality.
She might be one of the biggest favourites in the show’s history but her victory is by no means guaranteed.
The live vote for the show has thrown up some surprises in the past, and Sam’s supporters are concerned that complacency might lead to people not picking up the phone to vote this weekend.
The 36-year-old is up against fellow finalists Luke Friend and Scottish teen Nicholas McDonald, who are likely to gather strong backing from the younger generations, with Leon Jackson’s victory in the 2007 series showing just how strong the support north of the border can be.
Sam’s husband Craig spoke to the Mail this week and urged people to guard against complacency.
The message is simple. If we want Sam to emulate Harborough’s other television star Frances Quinn, who was crowned Great British Bake Off winner in October, then readers need to make sure they vote.
Mum-of-two Sam progressed through to the finals last weekend with two great performances which saw her showcase her versatility.
She sang Beyonce’s If I Were A Boy and Elton John’s Candle In The Wind, which earned further plaudits from the judges.
Judge Gary Barlow praised Sam’s technical ability in her rendition of the Beyonce track, saying that it really showcased her range.
He said: “It’s worth saying how difficult these songs are to sing. Beyonce has a huge vocal range and as a songwriter she writes to that vocal range, so these songs go from the very low to the very high and you coped with it beautifully tonight. Well done.”
Fellow judge Louis Walsh described her as the show’s most consistent contestant.
He said: “You’re never out of tune, you’re a dream to work with and you’re the people’s choice, because everywhere I go people say ‘what’s Sam Bailey like? I love Sam Bailey’.
“You never let us down. I really think this competition is yours to lose.”
Sam was the first name to be read out as being through to the final. Rough Copy were sent home after a sing-off with Luke Friend.
During the weekend Sam discussed her three-and-a-half-month rollercoaster ride on the series.
She said: “I genuinely can’t believe I’m near the end of the whole competition.
“I’ve come so far.
“I’ve lived in Leicestershire for 14 years and I’ve had Gary Lineker and all the Leicester players right behind me.”
Sam is a Gartree Prison officer and would come to Harborough while she was working there.
On Wednesday she performed a gig in Leicester.
In an interview with the Mail this week, Sam’s husband Craig urged readers to get behind Sam as she performs at the final this weekend.
He said: “If you like how she sings and you like her as a person, vote for her, because she won’t let you down.”
Mr Bailey said he and their two children speak with Sam every evening via Skype.
He added: “She’s on cloud nine. She is in a bubble, she is loving it. It is her dream and it is coming true.”
“I know she is capable of winning it. I am as proud as punch.”