Supermarket staff get right behind Jahmene

This Is Wiltshire: Staff at Asda Staff at Asda

SUPERMARKET staff are showing a trolley load of support for their former colleague, Jahmene Douglas, this week.

The 21-year-old X Factor finalist, who, until July was working in the chilled department of Asda Walmart, is being closely followed by hundreds of workers and customers at the store.

The shy vocalist, who won Swindon Talent in 2010, will be making his first appearance in the live shows on Saturday and staff at the store will be supporting him by wearing specially made T-shirts.

Fresh manager at the store Stewart Fleming said: “Everybody is talking about him. We have had quite a few phone calls from the public asking if we can pass on messages to him.

“We had one lady phone up and say she just wanted us to tell him that he is superb and he will do Swindon proud. That’s the general feeling. When his first audition was shown we had people coming in looking for him.”

Before he left, Jahmene had told colleagues at the store that he had auditioned but would not reveal whether he had made it through to the finals.

“When he first went on and we saw him on the first night I had goosebumps. He was better than I actually thought he would be,” added Stewart.

“I sent him a text on Sunday night and said ‘well done, really proud of you’. He texted me back and said thank you. He keeps in touch with everybody.”

Stewart first met Jahmene when he started working at the store 18 months ago.

“He is a nervous guy, that is just his demeanour. We put him face to face with customers to try and improve that. When he left he was 100 times better,” he said.

“He used to like working on mark downs because he could talk to the customers – he had his favourites.

“When he was working out the back he would be singing away to himself. We had seen him on YouTube and we thought he was good, but he didn’t.”

Jahmene is on a career break from the store and Stewart said that although he is welcome to come back, he hoped he wouldn’t need to.

The staff are launching a campaign on Friday which will include T-shirts, goody bags and posters to encourage everyone to vote for Jahmene.

Process colleague at the store, Kate Hamilton, has taken on Jahmene’s duties since he left.

“He is sweet, he is kind and he always has time for everybody – he is just the nicest person I have ever seen,” she said.

“When he was having a tough time at bootcamp, I just wanted to hug him.”

Personnel clerk Andi Kibble said: “You couldn’t meet a more honest guy. I don’t think this will change him because he is very well grounded.”

Admin assistant, Jo Carter, said: “We were all in tears after his first audition. I have heard him singing before online but to see him on TV was amazing.”

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10:14am Tue 2 Oct 12

PaulD says...

Do you appreciate that the vast majority of people do not watch this ridiculous circus of a show?
Do you appreciate that the vast majority of people do not watch this ridiculous circus of a show? PaulD

11:19am Tue 2 Oct 12

Davey Gravey says...

PaulD wrote:
Do you appreciate that the vast majority of people do not watch this ridiculous circus of a show?
Its one of the biggest TV shows in the uk. Seeing a local lad making the final stages is big news, whether you like it or not.
[quote][p][bold]PaulD[/bold] wrote: Do you appreciate that the vast majority of people do not watch this ridiculous circus of a show?[/p][/quote]Its one of the biggest TV shows in the uk. Seeing a local lad making the final stages is big news, whether you like it or not. Davey Gravey

11:21am Tue 2 Oct 12

WoodsideLady says...

Oh for goodness sake PaulD, don't be so flipping negative, if YOU'RE not interested then don't watch it! Swindon is clearly backing this lad with an amazing voice - good luck to him!!!!!!!!!!
Oh for goodness sake PaulD, don't be so flipping negative, if YOU'RE not interested then don't watch it! Swindon is clearly backing this lad with an amazing voice - good luck to him!!!!!!!!!! WoodsideLady

12:04pm Tue 2 Oct 12

PaulD says...

I don't watch it!
I don't watch it! PaulD

1:07pm Tue 2 Oct 12

musicguru says...

Asda worker in karaoke final!
Asda worker in karaoke final! musicguru

4:34pm Tue 2 Oct 12

dmw1984 says...

It's nice to see something positive about swindon for a change. Good Luck to him.
It's nice to see something positive about swindon for a change. Good Luck to him. dmw1984

5:04pm Tue 2 Oct 12

VINCENTTERNZ says...

PaulD if you don't watch the show.. What the hell are you doing here making comments?
PaulD if you don't watch the show.. What the hell are you doing here making comments? VINCENTTERNZ

5:13pm Tue 2 Oct 12

PaulD says...

I'm reading the web version of my local newspaper, and wondering why they are going gaga over some kid on a singing show. That's what.

Oh, and then I posted my opinion in the comments section. That's what.

My opinion of this show is that it is a huge pile of crap that uses and abuses the contestants on it for the purposes of entertainment and to increase the vast profits of Mr Cowell and his many companies.

So someone from Swindon is on it? If you don't personally know them then then so what?
I'm reading the web version of my local newspaper, and wondering why they are going gaga over some kid on a singing show. That's what. Oh, and then I posted my opinion in the comments section. That's what. My opinion of this show is that it is a huge pile of crap that uses and abuses the contestants on it for the purposes of entertainment and to increase the vast profits of Mr Cowell and his many companies. So someone from Swindon is on it? If you don't personally know them then then so what? PaulD

5:58pm Tue 2 Oct 12

luckybaker says...

Paul d..Really ...If you have nothing nice to say then pls dnt say anything at all.U would have saved 5 min of your life doing something better.


I think people like you who make those types of comments are jealous indidviduals.

peace!
Paul d..Really ...If you have nothing nice to say then pls dnt say anything at all.U would have saved 5 min of your life doing something better. I think people like you who make those types of comments are jealous indidviduals. peace! luckybaker

10:18pm Wed 3 Oct 12

timt1964 says...

shame the staff at asda cant spend more time providing customer service instead of "supporting our boy".paul d,take no notice of other peoples comments.why do people always think anyone with a different opinion is jealous?! im not jealous because a) i think the x factor is sh*t and b) i dont think jahmene is that good a singer.because a program is "the uks biggest" doesnt mean it is the best,all that means is peoples brains cant handle watching anything that requires more than 2 brain cells.
shame the staff at asda cant spend more time providing customer service instead of "supporting our boy".paul d,take no notice of other peoples comments.why do people always think anyone with a different opinion is jealous?! im not jealous because a) i think the x factor is sh*t and b) i dont think jahmene is that good a singer.because a program is "the uks biggest" doesnt mean it is the best,all that means is peoples brains cant handle watching anything that requires more than 2 brain cells. timt1964

8:14am Thu 4 Oct 12

musicguru says...

It would be nice if "the whole of wiltshire" as one comment stated got behind its music scene on a day to day basis and not just when one guy hits the headlines because of a TV show. Fair play to the guy if that's the path that he wants to take but where is all the praise and coverage for all the bands playing the circuit day after day all over the county. Why do people only want to get involved when the story starts bordering on the whole "celebrity" culture?
It would be nice if "the whole of wiltshire" as one comment stated got behind its music scene on a day to day basis and not just when one guy hits the headlines because of a TV show. Fair play to the guy if that's the path that he wants to take but where is all the praise and coverage for all the bands playing the circuit day after day all over the county. Why do people only want to get involved when the story starts bordering on the whole "celebrity" culture? musicguru

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