Alter-ego James has previously shared a stage with Cheryl Cole – and now has his heart set on Hull
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A new drag queen is on the scene in Hull, bringing a wealth of TV entertainment experience – including dancing with one of his all-time heroes, Cheryl.
James Clifton, 26, had featured on talent shows previously in 2012 and 2013 but it was in 2019 when he was sought as a competitor on the BBC show, The Greatest Dancer.
To his amazement and total surprise, a huge audience and panel of judges including Cheryl were revealed to be watching his freestyle solo dance audition for the show to the tune of Cheryl's 'Crazy, Stupid Love'.
The Geordie singer then joined on stage to dance with him for the last minute of his performance.
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"I didn't expect that. I got approached for the show, 'We are scouting for people and we saw you on Facebook'," he said.
"I knew there was a mirror, I didn't know that there was an audience behind it."
He had suspected he might meet Cheryl herself.
"I knew she was on the panel. "Overall, it was the best experience I've ever had," he said.
James made it into the top 40 callbacks for the show and was picked in Cheryl's dance team.
Unfortunately, he didn't quite make the cut to feature again in the show, losing out to dancers who made it far in the competition.
The 26-year-old has loved performing since aged six and first embraced drag in 2019.
"Me and my best friend Maisie did a new show together, where I was the drag queen and she was the drag king," James said.
Maisie subsequently paused her drag king performances to pursue her career as a paramedic, but James was not finished as a drag queen.
"I decided to continue because it gives me more options," he said.
"I sort of went on the road solo. I appealed on Facebook for suggestion for a new name and that's how Miss Honey Flawless came about.
"I recently moved to Hull and I'm looking for places to perform here."
Venues the drag queen is particularly keen to hear from are function rooms and bars in Hull and the surrounding area.
Anyone who attends a Miss Honey Flawless full performance, which lasts about two and a half hours including an interval, can expect two sides to the performance.
"Miss Honey performs songs, lip syncing and dancing. There's also a bit of comedy, well, Miss Honey thinks she's funny," James said.
"Then, after the break, she takes on as a pop star. So last year, I did Cher. Tina Turner is requested a lot. They always ask me about her."
Miss Honey's dress style is also "quite glamorous" with dresses including a green, Charleston-style number.
Although Miss Honey Flawless has performed a number of Facebook Lives in the wake of the pandemic, Honey has performed in front of live audiences, including three figure crowds.
"I've got a few bookings already," said James, adding that he's set to return to one venue in London in September.
To find out more information about Miss Honey, and to get in touch with James about possible performances, check out his Facebook page here.
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