'X Factor': Prison Officer Sam Bailey Is 'Professional Singer' Who Has Already Auditioned For 'X Factor' And 'Britain's Got Talent'

03/09/2013 07:29 BST | Updated 03/09/2013 16:41 BST

'X Factor' hopeful Sam Bailey was the first of this year's singing hopefuls to really wow the judges and viewers alike with her rendition of Beyonce's 'Listen' - but it's emerged that might be because she's had plenty of practice - as a professional singer.

Despite the prison officer giving the impression that she'd never auditioned for anything before, the 35-year-old mum of two - nicknamed 'Screwbo' - has reportedly sung with the likes of Beverley Knight, Jane McDonald and Lulu.

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Sam Bailey wowed the judges and viewers with her rendition of Beyonce's 'Listen'

As well as singing backing vocals for a host of established singers, Sam has also sung on cruise ships and at music festivals.

An ex colleague told The Sun: “She has misled the public. She tried out for the X Factor seven or eight years ago and auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent as well.

“She should be honest. She made it sound like she’s a shy beginner. She has untold experience.”

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