The X-Factor winner Sam Bailey was a superstore superstar as she performed her first ever Leeds gig – at Asda.
The talent show champion surprised shoppers at the supermarket’s Morley branch yesterday with a rendition of three songs in a low-key concert.
About 150 people, many with carrier bags and trolleys carrying their weekly shop, gathered in front of a small stage in the reception area as Sam took to the microphone.
She said: “I’ve played some bigger venues, but I still shop at Asda so this is like a home from home.”
The chart-topping star’s appearance followed a Mother’s Day competition run by the supermarket chain.
It asked customers to nominate their mums for a special performance by The X-Factor winner – who triumphed in last year’s series of the ITV show.
The winning entry came from Laura Newsome, from Batley, who said her mum, Angela, deserved the prize for helping her overcome major health problems.
Laura, 19, suffered a leg injury five years ago while swimming. She later got an infection which has seriously affected her mobility.
She said: “Over the last five years my mum has been an absolute rock, looking after me as I’ve had numerous surgeries on my legs to correct a condition that has meant that for most of my teen years I haven’t been able to act like a normal teenager.”
With her mum’s help, she was able to pass her GCSEs and A-levels and gain a place to study nursing at university.
“Wthout my mum I wouldn’t have passed my exams and without her support and care I wouldn’t have got through the complications,” she added.
“Mum has fallen in love with Sam’s music and I thought it would be an amazing tribute if I won the competition to say ‘thank you’.”
Sam performed the title song from her debut album, The Power of Love, which reached number one on Mother’s Day. She also sang The X-Factor winner’s song Skyscraper and Lord Is It Mine.
Angela Newsome, who sat on the front row with her family for yesterday’s gig, said: “Sam’s amazing. Being so close was a fantastic experience. I think she’s got an amazing voice and is so down to earth.”
Sam, who is expecting her third child, chose the winning entry herself. She said: “Being a mum is the toughest but most rewarding job in the world.
“I was really impressed to hear about what a rock Angela had been for her daughter. She was a worthy winner.”