Hotelier Joanie’s simply the best...

Blackpool hotelier Joan McKenzie, who runs the Cornhill Hotel on the Promenade with husband Rodger, wowed the X Factor judges as Tina Turner at a recent audition.'Joan belts one out on the hotel stage.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-9-2012

Blackpool hotelier Joan McKenzie, who runs the Cornhill Hotel on the Promenade with husband Rodger, wowed the X Factor judges as Tina Turner at a recent audition.'Joan belts one out on the hotel stage. PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-9-2012

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SHE’S performed in front of a crowd of 8,000, not to mention a television audience of millions.

But now 67-year-old Joanie McKenzie is back to doing what she loves best - singing for a few guests in her Promenade hotel.

Joanie, landlady at the Cornhill Hotel, took a star turn on the X Factor and gained high praise from judge Gary Barlow, after being encouraged to apply for the show by her family.

Joanie said: “I’ve been singing all my life and they just got me in.

“I didn’t think for one minute they’d keep calling me back.”

Joanie’s appearance was shown on TV on Sunday night, although she had to face five rigorous rounds of auditions to get to that stage.

Her performance of Tina Turner’s Simply the Best was filmed in front of a packed audience at Event City in Manchester.

She added: “I got a lovely diploma from the producer of the show to say my family should be very proud of me.

“But I know I’m not going anywhere at my age.”

Husband Rodger watched with pride as she received the verdict from judges Gary Barlow, Louie Walsh, Tulisa and Mel B.

He said: “Gary Barlow was very nice.

“He said ‘you looked fantastic, you sounded great and I’m sure you entertain your guests at your hotel’.

“We knew straight away she wasn’t going to go to the boot camp stage but she didn’t want to anyway, what with running the hotel and everything.”

Joanie has been performing since she was 16 and sings hits by Dusty Springfield, Cher and Bette Midler for her guests.

Cornhill guest Margaret Roy, 77, from Kilmarnock, in Scotland, saw Joanie perform on Tuesday night.

Margaret said: “She’s fabulous. I don’t know how she’s got the energy because I was tired and exhausted just looking at her.”