Ipswich’s Aaron Carty set to appear on Britain’s Got Talent tonight as Beyoncé

Aaron Carty, who will be performing his lip-syncing Beyoncé drag act on Britain's Got Talent

Aaron Carty, who will be performing his lip-syncing Beyoncé drag act on Britain's Got Talent - Credit: Archant

A former Ipswich man, who moved to London to serve as a police officer, is hoping to impress Simon Cowell tonight with his impersonation of pop sensation Beyoncé.

Aaron Carty, who will be performing his lip-syncing Beyonc� drag act on Britain's Got Talent

Aaron Carty, who will be performing his lip-syncing Beyonc� drag act on Britain's Got Talent - Credit: Archant

Aaron Carty, who was raised in Whitton, Ipswich, is due to appear on ITV1’s Britain’s Got Talent this evening.

And Mr Carty said there is nothing he would like more than to perform in his home town.

He moved to London at the age of 18 to become a police officer, however, his passion to work in the media eventually led to him starting his own company, Carve Productions.

The 29-year-old said his first appearance as Beyoncé came by chance when dressed up in drag for fun at Sitges Pride last year.

Accepting an invitation to perform, lip-syncing to a song, on stage, he then realised the audience watching numbered 10,000 people.

“It was not something I had ever done before,” Mr Carty said. “I had all the anxiety and worry about coming out in drag for the first time.

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“I remember being backstage and thinking ‘this is the last chance I have got to pull out’. It absolutely terrified me.”

A video of the performance was put online and attracted favourable attention back in the UK – off the back of it Mr Carty even filmed a music video of Beyoncé’s song Single Ladies.

Mr Carty said family and friends were not surprised to hear about his act. He added: “Now they have seen how far it’s gone they are completely overwhelmed by it. The response has been amazing.”

The Britain’s Got Talent idea came from a client at Mr Carty’s digital media production company.

After initially “laughing them out of the room” he now hopes he can go far on the show – perhaps even impressing judge Simon Cowell.

“I think Simon is going to be someone very difficult to win over,” he said.

“He’s never taken to drag acts, I’m going to have to win him over with the entire performance.”

Mr Carty’s appearance is due to be aired on BGT on ITV1 at 8pm tonight.

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