Achord Community Choir perform with Sam Bailey in CyprusBy Bejay Browne

X-FACTOR winner Sam Bailey is in Cyprus for two live concerts this weekend. The 2013 contest winner, who impressed the UK judges and audiences with her powerful voice, saw her debut single ‘Skyscraper’ shoot to the top of the charts, making it a Christmas number one. She has since supported celebrity artists such as Beyonce on her UK tour and Michael Bolton.

Bailey’s album reached number one in the charts, she has undertaken a live tour and released an autobiography. This year she supported Engelbert Humperdinck on his UK tour and she has recently appeared as a guest presenter on the popular daytime TV show Loose Women.

On Friday night she performs at the St. John’s School Amphitheatre and on Saturday night at the Pissouri Amphitheatre.

“I am so excited to be in Cyprus. I used to come to Limassol on a regular basis when I worked on the cruise ships, and I’ve missed this place. To be back and given the chance of performing in my own show in a beautiful amphitheatre is like a dream come true,” Bailey said when she arrived on Thursday evening.

She added: “I feel honoured to be able to perform for our British troops and their families and most of all I look forward to meeting some of the children at the school when I visit for a workshop. I’m hoping that I will be able to return to Cyprus and perform many more times in the near future.”

Bailey is joined on stage by three support acts including the Achord Ladies Community Choir, and comedy vocal acts Steve Walls and Mark Bolton and Louise B.

The X-Factor winner was invited by promoters Lyceum Productions established by two UK entertainment producers, Kevin Wood and Laura Taylor. Sam Bailey is the first in a long line of high quality UK performers that they intend to bring to Cyprus.

For tickets, call 9781 5278 or 9764 0962. Tickets are also available for purchase at Pissouri Bay Divers, Delize Café, Giannos Car Wash, The Outlet Store Kolossi, Foytina Estate Agency, The HIVE (Episkopi and Akrotiri).

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