Bailey thought Cowell call a prank
Sam Bailey has finally spoken to Simon Cowell - but she almost put the phone down thinking she was being pranked.
The X Factor winner said she thought that it might be impressionist Rory Bremner at the other end of the phone.
"I didn't actually believe it was him, I thought it was an impersonator," Digital Spy quoted the former prison officer as saying.
"I was like, 'Do I call him sir, boss, Simon?'."
Sam went on to praise the X Factor mogul.
"He's just so down to earth. He was like, 'Hi darling, you're absolutely wonderful, babe'.
"I was like, 'Wow, this is Simon Cowell'. I pictured Rory Bremner as I was talking to him.
"He was really, really nice and it was inspirational to talk to him. He said that he'd been watching me, he'd seen something in me and he's got high hopes for me."
Sam, who was mentored by Sharon Osbourne, said that she didn't want to do a "cheesy album with loads of covers" and that Simon "wants my input".
She said: "He wants me to go in there with a few ideas and [not] just let everyone else make up my mind for me, so I've got my work cut out."