X FACTOR star Jahmene Douglas will be praying for a good performance as he prepares for the live finals of the competition.
The Swindon singer says that he feels like he is living in a bubble after his life was flipped upside down when he made it through on Sunday night.
The 21-year-old was picked as one of judge Nicole Sherzinger’s boys for the live shows – and he says that his faith is helping him to keep his feet on the ground.
“It feels like a bubble at the moment it is the only way I can describe it,” he said.
“Usually you are looking from outwards in on something like this but now I am in it looking out.
“My faith and my mum especially has brought me up with respectful values which helps me keep my feet grounded.
“I do miss being home and my family but because singing is something I need to do I am doing this.”
The former New College student has been adapting to life living in the contestants’ house and being away from friends and family in Swindon.
The young singer has been getting spotted in the streets by fans and his Twitter and Facebook accounts have exploded since his first appearance back in August.
“Every second, or every minute, there is a new follower or tweet and I try to reply to them all but it is so hard,” he continued.
“The support has been amazing. You dream of these things and I am just trying to take it all in.”
The Swindon Talent 2010 winner won over his group’s mentor, Pussycat Dolls star Scherzinger, with his rendition of DJ David Guetta’s Titanium – booking his place in the live shows on Saturday, which is set to be watched by millions around the country.
Jahmene watched that judges’ houses episode with the other 12 live finalists in the house and, ever modest, he says it is not easy watching himself back on the television.
He said: “It makes me cringe every time I watch it.
“I was watching it with everyone else, but I don’t like watching myself on there, it always makes me cringe.”
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- Read the next part of our interview tomorrow