X Factor mania broke out at Fosse Park yesterday as this year's winner of the show, James Arthur, signed copies of his new book.
Some fans queued for more than four hours to meet the 24-year-old Middlesborough-born singer, who put in the performance of his life to beat Jahmene Douglas on the show.
The singer, whose rendition of Shontelle hit Impossible, is odds-on to be the Christmas Number 1 single , was at the shopping centre to sign copies of James Arthur: My Story.
Fan Polly Robinson-Gill, 38, of Ratby, said: "I've been queuing since 12 and I'd been ringing since eight to get the book.
"I think he's a marvellous singer and he's very inspiring because he's had a rough life.
"I got him to sign my book but then I gave it back to him and asked him if he would write 'to Polly' instead of just putting his name – and he did. To thank him, I gave him a kiss on the cheek."
AmybethCooke, 17, of Kirby Muxloe, said: "He was just amazing. When he came out everyone started screaming and I just lost it, I almost cried."
Laura Brown, 16, of Glenhills Boulevard, Leicester, said: "I queued for three hours and he signed my book and CD.
"He's really nice and his voice is so good."