X Factor 2012: Unreality meets Jahmene Douglas, who reveals he’s just glad he’s never wet himself on stage!
Yesterday, along with other members of the press, I had the pleasure of meeting some of this year’s X Factor finalists at the show’s studios in Wembley…
And among those I spoke to was the lovely Jahmene Douglas, who very kindly remarked that he’s a fan of Unreality as we’re “nice” to him – and why wouldn’t we be? He’s not only super talented, he’s also a very charming person, as I discovered!
And happily, it seems that Jahmene is a good deal less nervous these days, now he’s got his X Factor wings.
Of how he’s coping with singing on the live shows, he said, “I’m finally in that place where I’m comfortable with it.
“It’s a strange environment and it takes some getting used to, but yeah, I’m getting there.”
He jokingly added, “I’m just glad I’ve never wee’d myself…
“I was worried I might!”
And when asked how he’s feeling about this weekend’s forthcoming performance, and his song choice, he said, “It’s all good, I’m happy with it.”
However, he conceded that it had been quite tough to decide what he would sing this weekend.
He said, “It’s been hard to decide what I’m singing. Each week so far has been a tough process, but yeah, I’m happy with it.”
Hinting that at some point, he may even break out into a dance routine or two, the conversation then turned to romance among the finalists, which Jahmene reckons isn’t on his radar at all right now.
So when asked if there’s anyone he fancies among his fellow contestants, Jahmene said, “No, they’re quite young aren’t they?”
But of the attention he’s receiving from female fans, Jahmene said, “I think a lot of female attention goes over my head.
“I don’t find myself worthy enough really. I’m just waiting for that one, that’s why I’m wearing a purity ring.”
And after telling us he’s a virgin, of his purity ring, he added, “I’ve always had the values of it, but this is just something to show people.”
However, Jahmene did confess to having a bit of a crush on his mentor Nicole Scherzinger, of whom he said, “Half the time I’m just trying to get over how beautiful she is.
“And she’s quite cool, she’s got a real, dry, English sense of humour.”
Jahmene then went on to discussing how he gets on with everyone else in the competition, and he explained that there’s no animosity backstage, and that the majority of his fellow contestants are “down to earth.”
He said, “Most people think Rylan’s eccentric, but he’s not, he’s just really down to earth.”
Jahmene was then asked if the “drama” of last weekend – when Carolynne Poole left and Rylan of course stayed in the contest – affected not only Rylan but the other finalists, he said, “Yes, it does affect us all…
“Some people say it doesn’t bother them, but it does. You just have to replace that negativity with something positive.”
I then asked Jahmene how he gets on with the judges – other than his own mentor of course – to which he replied, “I get on great with Tulisa, she’s just really down to earth and she gives good advice.”
He added, “I didn’t think I’d get on with Gary Barlow, but he’s actually really nice. I’ve spoken to him a few times…
“All the judges take time to speak to all the acts; it’s not just their own, they talk to us all so that’s nice because it’s all about the music at the end of the day.”
And finally, when asked if there’s anything he most definitely wouldn’t sing on the show, even if he felt pressured to do so, Jahmene said, “Anything degrading to women or [that had] swearing.”
Bless him. What a genuinely lovely guy he is!
We will of course see Jahmene in action again on the X Factor tomorrow at 8.20pm on ITV1.
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