Joe McElderry looks unrecognisable as Madonna

The Madame X Factor! Joe McElderry looks unrecognisable as Madonna with a high blonde ponytail and wearing an iconic conical Gaultier inspired corset

Joe McElderry looked unrecognisable dressed as Madonna in a throwback photo shared on Instagram on Monday. 

The former X Factor star, 31, was toting a blonde wig with a copy of her iconic Jean Paul Gaultier conical corset which she wore on her Blonde Ambition tour in 1989. 

Joe wore a slick of bold pink lipstick and wore a microphone pinned to his cheek. Placing one hand on his hip, he cinched in his waist with a tight white belt. 

Is that Joe McElderry? Corset is! Singer looks unrecognisable as Madonna with a high blonde ponytail and wearing an iconic conical Gaultier inspired corset for an Instagram snap on Monday

Same, same, but different: Madonna wore the look on her Blonde Ambition tour in 1989

Is that Joe McElderry? Corset is! Singer looks unrecognisable as Madonna with a high blonde ponytail and wearing an iconic conical Gaultier inspired corset for an Instagram snap on Monday

As if the snap wasn’t glorious enough, he posed with his friend Richard, who was dressed as actress and singer Liza Minnelli. 

Joe wrote: ‘Found this pic of me and @richardjameshunt dressed as Madonna and Liza from a few years back for my bday party. Made me smile.’ 

Joe has kept a low profile since he was crowned X Factor champion aged 18 back in 2009.  

Yet 13 years on from the career-defining moment, Joe let fans into a secret on Monday – that he quit the ITV show three years before his victory. 

What a time! As if the snap wasn't glorious enough, he posed with his friend Richard, who was dressed as actress and singer Liza Minnelli

What a time! As if the snap wasn’t glorious enough, he posed with his friend Richard, who was dressed as actress and singer Liza Minnelli

Looking worlds apart from the squeaky clean persona he emanated during the competition, the singer, dressed in an edgy leather jacket, recalled on Steph’s Packed Lunch how he walked out during the bootcamp stage, aged 15. 

He said: ‘So I would’ve been about 15. I got to bootcamp and on the second day I was like, “I don’t like the cameras being here.” Just overwhelming. 

‘I pulled a producer to one side and I was like, “Excuse me, I’m just going to leave now, this isn’t for me.” I don’t think they’d ever really had that before. You could tell they were a bit like “sorry what?” 

As he usually looks: Joe shared this recent picture on social media

As he usually looks: Joe shared this recent picture on social media 

‘I just said, “I don’t feel like I’m good enough and I don’t feel like I’m ready or confident enough and I left.”‘

Joe’s debut single – a cover of Miley Cyrus’ The Climb – rose to number one in the UK charts immediately after his X Factor triumph. 

The talent show star boasts a discography of five albums, which all made the top 20.

His career has also taken him to the theatre in 2015, where he played the lead role of Joseph in the touring production of the musical Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. 

A step back in time: Joe has kept a low profile since he was crowned X Factor champion aged 18 back in 2009 (pictured on the show that year)

A step back in time: Joe has kept a low profile since he was crowned X Factor champion aged 18 back in 2009 (pictured on the show that year) 

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