‘X Factor’ winner Sam Bailey rushed to hospital after being knocked out by a ladder

She was trying to get a suitcase out of the loft

Former The X Factor winner Sam Bailey was rushed to hospital after her loft ladders sprang back and hit her in the head, knocking her out cold.

Bailey won the show’s tenth season in 2013, wowing judges in her audition with a performance of Beyoncé‘s ‘Listen’. Since then, she’s gone on to release two albums and star on stage.

According to reports, Bailey was attempting to retrieve a suitcase for her daughter when her loft ladders sprang back and hit her in the head. Bailey was knocked out cold and rushed to Leicester Royal Infirmary, before being checked over and released later that day. She was forced to miss a performance of the Beauty and the Beast pantomime she is currently starring in in Leicester.

“Thank you so much to everyone who has asked about me on social media,” Bailey wrote in a statement. “I am on the mend and resting up at home. I’m gutted to be missing panto and I hope to be back as soon as possible!”

Last year, producers on The X Factor responded to claims that winners for the show were ‘cherry-picked’ rather than authentically discovered.

A spokesman for The X Factor told NME: “It’s no secret, like many other TV talent shows, we approach people to make them aware of the auditions.

“Anyone who applies goes through the exact same process and no one is ever guaranteed that they will go through to the next stage. All auditions are judged on the performance on the day.”