X Factor 2011: Johnny Robinson aka Drag Queen Sarah Lee! (VIDEO)

Johnny Robinson tries his best to impress the judges

Johnny Robinson impressed the X Factor judges at his recent London audition, but we’ve heard that he may have been more comfortable on stage if he had dressed as a woman.

The 45 year old singer from Harrow, London enjoyed a real Susan Boyle moment on the ITV show on Saturday, after he emerged onto the stage looking like a camp chav but surprised the crowd when he gave a stunning and sweet rendition of Etta James’ ‘At Last.’

The hopeful, who got four yeses from the judging panel and won a place at the show’s London bootcamp stage, admitted to living in a bedsit and being unemployed, however, it has been claimed that he used to work as a moderately successful drag queen in a Soho club.

He is better known to his friends as blonde temptress Sarah Lee and one pal told The Daily Record that he was shocked when Johnny popped up on the show.

He said:

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the show.

“He’s an incredible singer – but it’s usually in a wig, dress, knickers and stockings.”

“I hope X Factor let him do a performance as Sarah Lee later on in the show.”

A show insider said: “He’s going to be a major player in this year’s show.”

However, yesterday it emerged that there is a more serious side to Johnny and he spoke of his own personal heartache, when revealing that he nursed his late dad until he died of lung cancer three years ago.

The quirky singer revealed that he had dedicated his audition piece to his father and just wished he could have been there to see the rapturous response her received.

Watch the video of Johnny performing as Sarah Lee below and tell us, do you like him better in a wig?

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!