Sam’s panto role

She might have won The X Factor two years ago, but Sam Bailey is hoping her role in pantomime will be the beginning of a new career.
Sam BaileySam Bailey
Sam Bailey

The singer is appearing as Fairy Bowbells in Dick Whittington, performed at The Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury over the Christmas period.

It tells the rags to riches tale of a young man and his cat on an exciting quest for fame and fortune. Featuring all the traditional pantomime ingredients – catchy songs, a live band, dazzling dance routines, slapstick comedy and bags of audience participation – Dick Whittington is guaranteed to be full of wonder to delight audiences.

She is hoping to use the pantomime as a stepping stone towards further acting opportunities.

Sam BaileySam Bailey
Sam Bailey

Sam said: “I am looking at going back to school so that I can do some sort of acting. It’s definitely something I want to get my teeth into.

“It’s something I can do but I have got to learn the logistics and learning different things that I don’t really know now.

“I’d like to do some comedy acting, that’s much more up my street.”

Sam has a rich tradition of pantomime and it is a firm favourite with her family.

She added: “I went to pantomime every year when I was a kid, as my nan and grandad used to take me.

“I started taking my children a couple of years ago and they love it, so it is something that we do.

“I wanted to do it so that my children could get to see mummy in a pantomime.

“They are very excited as we normally go to the pantomime in Leicester and they have never seen Dick Whittington before. Although I think I will be nervous knowing that they are in the audience, I am looking forward to it.”

Sam was recently dropped by her record label, and you could forgive her for not thinking entirely positively of her time on The X Factor. However it’s not an attitude you can accuse her of.

Sam said: “I embrace my time on the show. I wouldn’t be doing pantomime and there are lots of things I have done off the back of the show which I wouldn’t have done otherwise. I am really grateful and long may it last.

“I think getting through to the finals and the final show were the two biggest highlights because I never thought I would get that far.

“You saw all the people working hard on the show and all the effort they go to and you realise that is all for you.

“That was a little bit overwhelming. The final weekend was amazing. I got to meet Elton John and One Direction so that I was a little bit starstruck on the night.”

Dick Whittington can be seen from Friday, December 11 to Sunday, January 3.

Tickets for the show are now on sale and can be booked by calling the box office on 0844 871 7607 or visit