Swindon gets behind Jahmene

This Is Wiltshire: Jahmene Douglas Jahmene Douglas

HE gave her goosebumps with his thrilling live audition – and this weekend Jahmene Douglas will look to win over X Factor judge Nicole Sherzinger a second time.

The shy vocalist from Swindon goes into the judges’ houses round as one of the bookies’ favourites to win the ITV1 show, second only to teenager Ella Henderson.

The 21-year-old, who just a few months ago was performing at a working men’s club in Gorse Hill , also meets this week’s special guests, Cheryl Cole and Sharon Osbourne.

A clip from the episode showed him in full voice at Sherzinger’s lavish home, apparently free from the nerves which almost dashed his chances at boot camp.

The 12 acts going through to the live rounds will be revealed at the end of Sunday night’s show – with the re-introduction of a wildcard contestant ditched by the judges.

Jahmene, who works at Asda Walmart in North Swindon told his Facebook followers: “A stone’s throw away from watching the judges’ houses episode this weekend! Scary stuff!”

He also said he was “thankful and grateful” to have made it so far.

The 21-year-old has won the firm support of his home town, with New College paying tribute to his abilities yesterday.

Principal Graham Taylor said: “Jahmene was a student at New College Swindon between 2008 and 2010. Staff who taught Jahmene tell me that he was a very pleasant and polite student, who was also modest. He was also very industrious, working hard during his time here.

“I had the pleasure of hearing him sing live during the New College Has Talent competition that we ran back in 2010.

“There was a great audience response to his performance and he was one of the eventual winners.

“One of his tutors also recalls seeing him sing in the restaurant one lunchtime, with students stopping to watch and admire him.

“The whole college is delighted that Jahmene has progressed so far in the X Factor and we wish him all the best for the rest of the competition.”

And Jahmene’s following is growing elsewhere in the town.

Helen Brown, 24, a hair stylist from Stratton , said: “I think he’s very nervous – I want to give him a cuddle.

“I feel sorry for him and I want to give him a big squeeze.

“He’s amazing though, and all our clients are talking about him.”

Fellow Stratton stylist Jess Faulkner, 20, added: “He’s brilliant – I think he’s going to do really well. He just needs more confidence.”

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9:40am Sat 29 Sep 12

mallorca says...

Yes hee seemed lo lack confidence last week, still what a voice wish him well ran off copy of show for local bar hope he can convince the judges
GOOD LUCK
Yes hee seemed lo lack confidence last week, still what a voice wish him well ran off copy of show for local bar hope he can convince the judges GOOD LUCK mallorca

12:49pm Sat 29 Sep 12

Localboy86 says...

Hopefully he will start to show some personality or he'll be back in Asda quicker than u can say Simon Cowell
Hopefully he will start to show some personality or he'll be back in Asda quicker than u can say Simon Cowell Localboy86

6:06pm Sat 29 Sep 12

Russell Holland says...

He did lack confidence but he overcame it and delivered a great performance - really hope he makes it through to the live rounds.
He did lack confidence but he overcame it and delivered a great performance - really hope he makes it through to the live rounds. Russell Holland

8:59pm Sat 29 Sep 12

timt1964 says...

the same way the "whole country" were behind the olympics? i wont be watching this rubbish,if he cant cut it he will be welcome back at walmart.maybe he can sing on the instore mike or chase the teenagers outside asking customers to get them booze?
the same way the "whole country" were behind the olympics? i wont be watching this rubbish,if he cant cut it he will be welcome back at walmart.maybe he can sing on the instore mike or chase the teenagers outside asking customers to get them booze? timt1964

9:02pm Sat 29 Sep 12

itsamess3 says...

Well without doubt the lad has a great voice--best shown when he really sang his heart out with the difficult Etta James classic--since then--poor song choice--will he proceed further-50/50.
I hope he does well--for Swindon.
Well without doubt the lad has a great voice--best shown when he really sang his heart out with the difficult Etta James classic--since then--poor song choice--will he proceed further-50/50. I hope he does well--for Swindon. itsamess3

9:39pm Sat 29 Sep 12

house on the hill says...

I was sure I read somewhere that he didnt get through and this was all recorded some time ago, but I could be wrong. Like timt1964 I dont watch this rubbish, i prefer people to work for their fame and fortune rather than having it handed to them on a plate for the sake of ratings. All these "instant" fame programmes are just insulting to those who work their way up and are a bad influence on the way people see their lives. how many of the "contestants" are clearly unbalanced in their assessment of their own talent or lack of it but are humiliated for the sake of ratings, really sad firstly that is allowed to happen and more so that people want to watch it.
I was sure I read somewhere that he didnt get through and this was all recorded some time ago, but I could be wrong. Like timt1964 I dont watch this rubbish, i prefer people to work for their fame and fortune rather than having it handed to them on a plate for the sake of ratings. All these "instant" fame programmes are just insulting to those who work their way up and are a bad influence on the way people see their lives. how many of the "contestants" are clearly unbalanced in their assessment of their own talent or lack of it but are humiliated for the sake of ratings, really sad firstly that is allowed to happen and more so that people want to watch it. house on the hill

9:26am Sun 30 Sep 12

RichardR1 says...

Whilst I didn't see the outcome of the 50/50 last night, I watched a short clip with him saying it wasn't his best performance and the judges suggesting they din't think he was ready to take the pressure.

I hope I'm wrong he has a great talent, and will do well regardless of this programme.
Whilst I didn't see the outcome of the 50/50 last night, I watched a short clip with him saying it wasn't his best performance and the judges suggesting they din't think he was ready to take the pressure. I hope I'm wrong he has a great talent, and will do well regardless of this programme. RichardR1

1:01pm Sun 30 Sep 12

peatmoor pirate says...

timt1964 wrote:
the same way the "whole country" were behind the olympics? i wont be watching this rubbish,if he cant cut it he will be welcome back at walmart.maybe he can sing on the instore mike or chase the teenagers outside asking customers to get them booze?
Must be fun liiving in your happy happy world
[quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: the same way the "whole country" were behind the olympics? i wont be watching this rubbish,if he cant cut it he will be welcome back at walmart.maybe he can sing on the instore mike or chase the teenagers outside asking customers to get them booze?[/p][/quote]Must be fun liiving in your happy happy world peatmoor pirate

3:50pm Sun 30 Sep 12

Davey Gravey says...

Think he gets through
Think he gets through Davey Gravey

7:41pm Sun 30 Sep 12

itsamess3 says...

It would be nice to see another success from a local--however-not being able to perform before a crowd for various reasons has to be a concern.
Like many i saw our lad give an amazing performance of an Etta James song that was amazing--the x-factor is about being a successful act and capable of drawing the crowds--one performance does not show that-its about consistently pleasing the folk who will have to pay to see them at concerts etc or buy cd's etc
It would be nice to see another success from a local--however-not being able to perform before a crowd for various reasons has to be a concern. Like many i saw our lad give an amazing performance of an Etta James song that was amazing--the x-factor is about being a successful act and capable of drawing the crowds--one performance does not show that-its about consistently pleasing the folk who will have to pay to see them at concerts etc or buy cd's etc itsamess3

8:32pm Sun 30 Sep 12

timt1964 says...

peatmoor pirate wrote:
timt1964 wrote:
the same way the "whole country" were behind the olympics? i wont be watching this rubbish,if he cant cut it he will be welcome back at walmart.maybe he can sing on the instore mike or chase the teenagers outside asking customers to get them booze?
Must be fun liiving in your happy happy world
im not a sheep,if you dont agree or like my opinion then TOUGH!
[quote][p][bold]peatmoor pirate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: the same way the "whole country" were behind the olympics? i wont be watching this rubbish,if he cant cut it he will be welcome back at walmart.maybe he can sing on the instore mike or chase the teenagers outside asking customers to get them booze?[/p][/quote]Must be fun liiving in your happy happy world[/p][/quote]im not a sheep,if you dont agree or like my opinion then TOUGH! timt1964

9:35pm Sun 30 Sep 12

itsamess3 says...

One step closer for our lad.
One step closer for our lad. itsamess3

7:00am Mon 1 Oct 12

The Witch says...

timt1964 wrote:
the same way the "whole country" were behind the olympics? i wont be watching this rubbish,if he cant cut it he will be welcome back at walmart.maybe he can sing on the instore mike or chase the teenagers outside asking customers to get them booze?
Well you must have watched this 'rubbish' sometime else you wouldn't know what the hell the show is about! Good luck to Jahmene, he's got a good voice and its nice to see a contestant who is not bloated with his own importance or giving out some sob story.
Some of our greatest performers and actors have suffered with terrible nerves so I hope he realizes that this does not need be a draw back from having a career in show business.
[quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: the same way the "whole country" were behind the olympics? i wont be watching this rubbish,if he cant cut it he will be welcome back at walmart.maybe he can sing on the instore mike or chase the teenagers outside asking customers to get them booze?[/p][/quote]Well you must have watched this 'rubbish' sometime else you wouldn't know what the hell the show is about! Good luck to Jahmene, he's got a good voice and its nice to see a contestant who is not bloated with his own importance or giving out some sob story. Some of our greatest performers and actors have suffered with terrible nerves so I hope he realizes that this does not need be a draw back from having a career in show business. The Witch

12:48pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Alan B'stard says...

Excellent, really pleased he's through.

He represents me and everyone else in Swindon.

I'm going to get a tattoo of his face, on my face.
Excellent, really pleased he's through. He represents me and everyone else in Swindon. I'm going to get a tattoo of his face, on my face. Alan B'stard

1:14pm Mon 1 Oct 12

timt1964 says...

The Witch wrote:
timt1964 wrote:
the same way the "whole country" were behind the olympics? i wont be watching this rubbish,if he cant cut it he will be welcome back at walmart.maybe he can sing on the instore mike or chase the teenagers outside asking customers to get them booze?
Well you must have watched this 'rubbish' sometime else you wouldn't know what the hell the show is about! Good luck to Jahmene, he's got a good voice and its nice to see a contestant who is not bloated with his own importance or giving out some sob story.
Some of our greatest performers and actors have suffered with terrible nerves so I hope he realizes that this does not need be a draw back from having a career in show business.
this "rubbish" is a way of lining simon cowells pockets by getting the gullable tone deaf chavs to vote for so called "talent".how many previous x factor contestants have you got behind but they were never heard of again except at butlins where karaoke singers and wannabee stars exist.as for "no sob story",all that "i feel faint" nonsense the other week was milked by itv to gain sympathy.
[quote][p][bold]The Witch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: the same way the "whole country" were behind the olympics? i wont be watching this rubbish,if he cant cut it he will be welcome back at walmart.maybe he can sing on the instore mike or chase the teenagers outside asking customers to get them booze?[/p][/quote]Well you must have watched this 'rubbish' sometime else you wouldn't know what the hell the show is about! Good luck to Jahmene, he's got a good voice and its nice to see a contestant who is not bloated with his own importance or giving out some sob story. Some of our greatest performers and actors have suffered with terrible nerves so I hope he realizes that this does not need be a draw back from having a career in show business.[/p][/quote]this "rubbish" is a way of lining simon cowells pockets by getting the gullable tone deaf chavs to vote for so called "talent".how many previous x factor contestants have you got behind but they were never heard of again except at butlins where karaoke singers and wannabee stars exist.as for "no sob story",all that "i feel faint" nonsense the other week was milked by itv to gain sympathy. timt1964

3:47pm Mon 1 Oct 12

peatmoor pirate says...

timt1964 wrote:
peatmoor pirate wrote:
timt1964 wrote:
the same way the "whole country" were behind the olympics? i wont be watching this rubbish,if he cant cut it he will be welcome back at walmart.maybe he can sing on the instore mike or chase the teenagers outside asking customers to get them booze?
Must be fun liiving in your happy happy world
im not a sheep,if you dont agree or like my opinion then TOUGH!
Who said you were a sheep, or you weren't entited to your opinion; I was just commiserating with you as you come across as a joyless person who's idea of fun is slagging off someone trying to make something of himself. I'm glad you are happy in your malcontented ways. Oh and no need to shout - other's are entitled to their views too - most of them disagreeing with you by the look of it
[quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]peatmoor pirate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: the same way the "whole country" were behind the olympics? i wont be watching this rubbish,if he cant cut it he will be welcome back at walmart.maybe he can sing on the instore mike or chase the teenagers outside asking customers to get them booze?[/p][/quote]Must be fun liiving in your happy happy world[/p][/quote]im not a sheep,if you dont agree or like my opinion then TOUGH![/p][/quote]Who said you were a sheep, or you weren't entited to your opinion; I was just commiserating with you as you come across as a joyless person who's idea of fun is slagging off someone trying to make something of himself. I'm glad you are happy in your malcontented ways. Oh and no need to shout - other's are entitled to their views too - most of them disagreeing with you by the look of it peatmoor pirate

9:17am Tue 2 Oct 12

RichardR1 says...

Very good news for the lad. Let's hope he receives a bit more emotional support than a certain female singer on the other talent show.
Very good news for the lad. Let's hope he receives a bit more emotional support than a certain female singer on the other talent show. RichardR1

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