The best thing about being a judge in an audition is that you never know what you're going to see until the contestant steps on stage and starts performing. And true enough, the judges in the X Factor UK's series saw someone with a talent that blew them away.
Jahmene Douglas is a really shy person. As he was being interviewed before his performance, you can see his hands shaking. He was nervous as he's not used to such things. As a matter of fact, he admitted to being a stay-at-home kind of guy.
However, as soon as his song started, Jahmene became a completely different person. The audience, as well as the judges, even had to take a second look at him the moment he started singing. His voice was really impressive. At first glance, you wouldn't think that his singing voice would have such an amazing range.
Jahmene performed Etta James' "At Last". Originally released in 1941 for the Sun Valley Serenade, Etta recorded the song as part of her debut album in 1960. She had great success with the track. After her, a few more artists recorded the same song, like Celine Dion and Beyonce.
And just like them, Jahmene was successful in his rendition of the popular song. He was able to hit the notes perfectly and without much effort. Just looking at him, you'll see how he was enjoying his piece. His powerful voice was a revelation to everyone watching him that time and it earned him four strong yeses from the judges.
As he was performing, you couldn't see any nervousness or shyness in his voice or the way he moves on stage. He was just feeling the song and his passion for music was obvious. He was able to showcase his vocal range that clearly impressed the judges and audience. In fact, he received a standing ovation for his performance.
Jahmene was able to work his way through to the finals. While he only finished second place, his life changed dramatically. From working in the supermarket, he was able to release his own album that features spiritual twists on his chosen songs. He was also able to appear in a couple of performances along with popular personalities and artists. He received a nomination for the Best Newcomer at the MOBO award and won Urban Music Awards' Best Male Newcomer.
Jahmene and his performance is something a lot of the X Factor fans won't forget any time soon.