JAHMENE Douglas was caught in the showbiz whirl this week as he hit London’s celebrity haunts and fielded offers of marriage from besotted fans.
Just a few months ago the X Factor hopeful was singing at a working men’s club in Gorse Hill and sipping water at McKenzie’s bar in Wood Street.
But he traded Old Town for the bright lights of the capital as he joined fellow contestant Rylan Clark for an evening out at Japanese restaurant Nobu.
The Asda worker’s stock rose even higher after last week’s live show as JLS, one of the X Factor’s biggest success stories, tweeted their support.
Marvin Humes wrote: “Just saw the last 7 acts..I’m putting it out there I predict Jahmene will win..its Week 1, a long way to go but he’s sick!!”
But despite raking in the plaudits the shy 21-year-old did miss out on a visit by Katie Price to the contestants’ hotel after turning in for an early night.
The nightcap is unlikely to deter his army of fans who have inundated him on Twitter and Facebook with messages of support – and marriage proposals.
Jahmene said: “I have a tweet every minute, it’s just crazy. People keep asking me out on a date and marriage and want to go straight to babies.”
The singer, who has been identified as one of the most eligible men in the competition, had to scotch rumours that he is wearing an engagement ring.
He joked: “People have said this on Twitter and Facebook, but it’s just a purity ring.
“I’m holding out, I’m waiting out for the perfect woman – Halle Berry.”
But the former New College student did give more serious reasons as to why he won’t be engaging in the bed-hopping antics which marked out last year’s X Factor wild child Frankie Cocozza.
He said: “I think a lot of female attention goes over my head. I don’t find myself worthy enough for it. I’m waiting for the one. That’s why I’m wearing my purity ring. I’m not married.”
Back in his home town, Jahmania showed no sign of abating with his colleagues at Asda Walmart in North Swindon showing their support with masks, t-shirts and posters. All 750 staff have joined in the effort to get behind his second live performance tonight.
Personnel manager Neil Clements said: “All the colleagues have got a green badge saying ‘go Jahmene’. We have got masks too, which we have to keep on printing.”
The store will also be putting stickers with his voting number on their make-your-own pizzas.
Mr Clements said: “Everyone is really behind him. Even our regional managers and directors have been in this week asking how he is getting on.”
The vocalist, who won Swindon Talent in 2010, worked in the chilled department until being given a career break to appear on the ITV1 show.
Mr Clements said: “He is very quiet, he just gets on with it. He is very customer focussed. There was always a bit of a buzz when he was working. He has got that charm.”
Jahmene’s adventure continues at 8.20pm tonight and with the results show at 8pm tomorrow.
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