JAHMANIA is sweeping the world with Swindon’s X Factor hopeful registering almost three million hits on YouTube.
Jahmene Douglas has been flooded with messages of support from all corners of the globe after a sensational live audition which won a standing ovation from the judges.
The ASDA worker, whose soaring vocals gave judge Nicole Scherzinger goosebumps, is the bookies’ favourite at 5/1 to win the show, with nearest rival Ella Henderson trailing at 7/1.
The phenomenal success of the clip, in which he delivers a spine-tingling rendition of the Etta James hit At Last, puts him ahead of some past X Factor stars on the show’s YouTube channel.
They include Leona Lewis, whose rendition of Without You in 2006 has been watched just over a million times, and One Direction, whose performance of Chasing Cars in the semi-final last year has
only registered 1.4m views.
Jahmene already has fan clubs on Facebook and Twitter even before the mass cull at the Boot Camp phase, where hopefuls are whittled down before going on to the later rounds.
He said: “It’s an extremely overwhelming experience. Just the audition alone seems to have changed my life.
“I will have to take things step by step from here on to appreciate and embrace every moment, rather than freaking out. I’m thankful for all the incredible support.
“It’s unbelievable how fast everything’s picked up. But I’ll keep grounded and humble because that’s the only way to make the most of my singing. Keeping a wide head on me at all times.”
Jahmene, who won Swindon Talent 2010, was told by judge Louis Walsh: “A star is born.”
And fellow panellist Gary Barlow told him: “That is how you do an audition.”
However, the 21-year-old’s army of fans have been left with a massive cliffhanger after preview shots of him at Boot Camp showed him saying: “I feel as if I’ve let everyone down”.
But regardless of the judges’ verdict, he has already won over thousands of fans who have flooded his official Facebook page with messages of support.
Andrew Walshe wrote: “You got the MJ humility and charm. Can see you being the next big superstar.”
And Louis Macallistar-Menzies said: “Powerful. Your talent and humbleness is hugely admirable. Keep up the great work.”
The show reaches the Boot Camp stage this weekend. It will be screened on ITV1 on Saturday at 8.10pm and Sunday at 7.30pm – when it will be revealed who has made it through to the judges’ houses.