No mountain too high for Jahmene

This Is Wiltshire: Jahmene Douglas Jahmene Douglas

X FACTOR finalist Jahmene Douglas sang from the heart and won the hearts of the judges and the public as he sailed through the second live show of the competition at the weekend.

The 21-year-old, who was working at Swindon’s Asda Walmart until July, kicked off the night on Saturday, whose theme was love and heartbreak, with a stirring mash up of Amy Winehouse’s Tears Dry On Their Own alongside Motown classic Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.

The former New College pupil, who wore a white suit and black shirt, set the bar high as the first of the 12 contestants to perform. He appeared to have conquered some of his nerves and was delighted last night after the public voted him through to next week’s show.

After the performance, his mentor Nicole Scherzinger said: “You came out here and you took it, you just took it. You looked sharp, you looked fresh, you did something out of your element. “I don’t know if you realise or know about it yet but you were born to be on that stage.”

And fellow judge Louise Walsh said: “Jahmene, wow. I love the song. You are what the show is all about: somebody so young, so shy and so sober. You are one of my favourite ever contestants. I want to see you do so well. You are amazing.”

Earlier in the show, Jahmene was shown reacting with delight to a message of praise on Twitter from John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, following last week’s performance of Imagine.

During rehearsals for this week’s song, Nicole, who nicknamed Jahmene her “sweet, special baby-cakes”, told him to bring the emotion out of he song by singing it to her as if she were his girlfriend.

But Jahmene admitted he’d never been in love.

H e said: “This week is love and heartbreak week. For me to sing a love song, I put everything into it because everything in my life is building up to that one person. “Ever since I was little, I have been waiting for that perfect person. I’m 21 now and it still hasn’t come.”

And after his performance, judge Tulisa Contostavlos said: “May I just say you are looking very dapper tonight. I think the ladies are going to be lining up after that.

“Jahmene, it’s so simple when it comes to you with me. It’s all about the voice, your voice was amazing from the first audition. I just cannot fault you on any of your performances so far.”

And fellow judge Gary Barlow, who warned him last week of over-singing, had nothing but praise this time around.

“Jahmene, well done,” he said. “What a way to kick off the show. A really just simple vocal performance tonight, using your skills as a vocalist. Well done, you listened to me.

“I love the outfit. I love the whole flavour, the Motown flavour.”

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8:50am Mon 15 Oct 12

WoodsideLady says...

Massive congratulations to him!!!!!

Fantastic performance by Jahmene, I for one am voting for him and hope that hundreds of others in this area are voting for him also! He seems such a totally genuine and humble young man with an amazing talent!!!
Massive congratulations to him!!!!! Fantastic performance by Jahmene, I for one am voting for him and hope that hundreds of others in this area are voting for him also! He seems such a totally genuine and humble young man with an amazing talent!!! WoodsideLady
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6:19pm Mon 15 Oct 12

itsamess3 says...

WoodsideLady
Totally agree--however so far the results have been strange.
On voice alone he should win--provided the song choice suits his voice.
I have no doubt--either way that this young man will be very successful and can look forward to a great career.
WoodsideLady Totally agree--however so far the results have been strange. On voice alone he should win--provided the song choice suits his voice. I have no doubt--either way that this young man will be very successful and can look forward to a great career. itsamess3
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10:06pm Mon 15 Oct 12

timt1964 says...

god help us if he wins,the adver will probably self combust.all his so called friends and music teachers will come out of the woodwork faster than jimmy savilles victims.
god help us if he wins,the adver will probably self combust.all his so called friends and music teachers will come out of the woodwork faster than jimmy savilles victims. timt1964
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8:50am Tue 16 Oct 12

RichardR1 says...

He is being portrayed as a little bot lost, which has appeal, however he needs to be careful who he is seen to be associating with amongst the other contestants.

There is no doubt he has a great voice, and of course it matters what he sings, but later in the contest that is not his decision, and I have always felt that some contestants have been set up to fail, with songs they could never do justice.

Let's hope that doesn't happen.
He is being portrayed as a little bot lost, which has appeal, however he needs to be careful who he is seen to be associating with amongst the other contestants. There is no doubt he has a great voice, and of course it matters what he sings, but later in the contest that is not his decision, and I have always felt that some contestants have been set up to fail, with songs they could never do justice. Let's hope that doesn't happen. RichardR1
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8:51am Tue 16 Oct 12

RichardR1 says...

Should have been boy of course, chunky fingers.
Should have been boy of course, chunky fingers. RichardR1
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10:37am Wed 17 Oct 12

RichardR1 says...

I note Ryan has been in trouble and moved from the hotel, perhaps that should set the alarm bells ringing for Jahmene's 'minders', to stay away from him. He's probably on his way out now.
I note Ryan has been in trouble and moved from the hotel, perhaps that should set the alarm bells ringing for Jahmene's 'minders', to stay away from him. He's probably on his way out now. RichardR1
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