The X Factor winner Sam Bailey says she wants to try her hand at acting after being dropped from her record deal with Simon Cowell’s firm Syco.

The singer, a former prison guard from Leicester who won the show in 2013, told ITV’s Lorraine show she wasn’t surprised by the parting of the ways with Cowell.

She said: “If Syco had said ‘OK we’re going to renew your contract’ I’d be questioning what they wanted to do with me because I don’t want to do another covers album.

A picture of Sam Bailey at the National Television Awards

Sam Bailey won The X Factor in 2013 (Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images)

“I want to be recognised as an artist that’s going to write some songs”.

The singer, whose latest tour finishes tonight, said: “No one off the X Factor has done any sort of acting. I’m quite a comical person, on this tour everyone said ‘My goodness you’re so funny’.

“I don’t mean to be, that’s just naturally me.”

Sharon Osbourne was Sam Bailey's mentor on The X Factor (Tom Dymond/ITV)

Sharon Osbourne was Sam Bailey’s mentor on The X Factor (Tom Dymond/ITV)

Sam, who said she ‘genuinely’ believes she ‘should be taken seriously as an artist’, said she was still in touch with her mentor on the show Sharon Osbourne.

She said: “Sharon’s had my back from day one.”

Sam scored a number one with her debut single Skyscraper following her X Factor win, and topped the charts with her album The Power Of Love.