The X Factor contestant Jahmene Douglas talks to http://www.facebook.com/TVTimesMagazine/”>TV Times magazine about how he’s coping with overnight fame and attention…
What’s being on The X Factor been like for you so far?
“It’s been an amazing experience. I was scared at first because it’s a competition, and I don’t like competitions because it’s everybody’s dream and I’m quite an empathetic person. But it’s just singing and I’m focusing on my pathway.”
Is it difficult when everyone around you wants to achieve the same thing as you?
“I know that I have to match them to stay. So it kind of pushes you go to 100 per cent and stop freaking out all the time. I’m such a perfectionist. I know that you have to give everything in each performance and if it’s not good enough you’re going to be slated for it. That’s the only thing that makes me extremely nervous because you’re being judged.”
You’ve had amazing comments from the judges for the first three weeks of the competition. What’s it been like for you?
“The best moments so far are just getting on stage singing for people. That’s what it’s all about at the end of the day – just music.”
If you make it to the final of the competition, who would you like to duet with?
“It would have to be someone like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin or Diana Ross. Just to get the legends on the show and to remind people what music is. I’ve dropped plenty of hints to my mentor Nicole Scherzinger about that!”
If you win, are you worried about not being a success?
“I think you’re only going to do badly if you let yourself. And I know that I’m passionate about music and that whatever I make is going to have 100 per cent my input, and won’t be pop songs and everything. I want to make real music with proper instruments because it’s all synthesised these days. And it’s going to have what I want on it, otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it.”
What can we expect from you in the future, then?
“I hope to bring Motown back. I know people are scared because they don’t know if the audience are still there, but I know they are. People are craving for it. Before I went on The X Factor a lot of people told me they wanted that era back.”
What’s Nicole like as a mentor?
“She’s really good. Really down to earth and funny. We have talks about religion and music, and it’s just nice to know that she has that side. A lot of people think that the mentors are just there for their acts, but they’re there for everyone. Because it’s about music at the end of the day and we need to put on a good show each week.”
You’ve had stories about your personal life printed in the press. Has that been hard to deal with?
“I’m not reading anything. I just know everyone has a past and we’re not all here to give you our life stories. It’s just all about ignoring everything. We know that we’re performers and we know why we’re here, and we just need to do it and not worry about the haters.”
What did you think when you watched your audition back?
“I was like ‘Wow, they stood up!’ And I listened to what the judges said and it just hit me that maybe I am good enough to do this. The whole family were crying around the TV!”
What did you think would happen after that moment?
“I just thought that was it. I thought I was going to do my audition and go home. I didn’t really grasp hold of how big X Factor was, and now here I am in the live shows.”
Do you think you can win the whole competition?
“I don’t take anything for granted. Nothing’s guaranteed. I just take it step by step.”