31/08/2013 18:45 | By Lorna Cooper, MSN TV
X Factor 2013: Sam Bailey steals the show

X Factor 2013: Sam Bailey

Sam Bailey (© ITV)
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X Factor 2013 returned with judges Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne on a mission to find the next great singing star of tomorrow. Or failing that, someone who will at least provide reality TV shows with a contestant option.

Throw in the desperate hopefuls, the even more desperately hopeless, the largely predictable selection of Emeli Sandé, Beyoncé and Pink songs and you’ve got Saturday night entertainment.

Want a mini-Susan Boyle moment? We had one courtesy of 36-year-old prison officer Sam Bailey. In she walked, looking all mumsy and ordinary before announcing she'd be singing Listen by Beyoncé.

Cue millions of viewers laughing their heads off at the audacity. But then Sam Bailey opened her mouth... and blew the panel to Mars.

She unleashed a voice that owes more to Los Angeles than Leicestershire, where she's actually from. "Cuff me!" begged Gary. Who knew he was so kinky? 

Click through the photos to relive the memorable moments from the opening episode of X Factor 2013.

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