'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 | Updated 03 September 2013

'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.

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