Sam Bailey has said that storming to the top of the UK charts with her debut single on Sunday has been the icing on the cake.
The former Gartree Prison officer was the bookies’ favourite to take the Christmas number one going into the race with odds at 1/66.
She managed to stave off competition, however, from Lily Allen’s Keane cover for the Christmas John Lewis advert which was top of the charts last week.
A campaign to prevent Sam reaching the top by encouraging people to buy Highway to Hell by AC/DC failed with the song only reaching number four.
The campaign to take it to the top gathered 150,000 supporters online and the support of Jon Morter whose similar 2009 campaign took Rage Against The Machine to number one, but it was no match for Sam.
She said that being number one is absolutely amazing and was the icing on the cake of an mazing year. It follows her X Factor win when she beat Nicholas McDonald in the series final.
Before her single Skyscraper was announced as being on the top of the charts, Sam had to face a game of truth or dare on the BBC Radio 1 chart show.
DJ Scott Mills dared Sam to wear a Nottingham Forest shirt, but die-hard Leicester City fan Sam refused, preferring instead for the nation to hear an embarrassing story about herself told by a friend.
Sam said the fact proceeds from the single are going to two charities, Great Ormond Street children’s charity and Together For Short Lives, made reaching the number one slot extra special.
The county’s Rainbows Children’s Hospice is one of the charities that will benefit from sales of the single.
Figures from the Official Charts Company show Sam sold 149,000 copies of Skyscraper this week, a cover song of a Demi Lovato track.
The 36-year-old outsold her nearest rival, Pharrell’s Happy, by two to one, to become one of the fastest selling singles of the year.
Sam said on Twitter she would celebrate reaching the top by having a cup of tea and perhaps a glass of champagne.
She will now be spending time with her husband Craig, her two children and the rest of her family for Christmas.
Speaking after the charts success, Sam said she is hoping her debut album will be out by the spring and that as well as original material she is hoping to cover songs that people may not have necessarily heard of.