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Friday 18 April 2014

Hometown fans mob X Factor finalist Jahmene

X FACTOR finalist Jahmene Douglas was mobbed as he met fans ahead of a homecoming gig with his mentor Nicole Scherzinger.

The 21-year-old was met by his family, cheering fans and former colleagues at the Asda superstore where he used to work in Swindon, England.

Hundreds of people turned out to get behind their new star and as he arrived his followers chanted his name and held up signs and posters. His mum, Mandy Wood, thanked the crowd, which included people who had waited over four hours in freezing conditions.

She said that she had known her son was heading for stardom but the X Factor rollercoaster has come very quickly.

"I'm extremely proud. I knew it was going to happen, but not this fast. I knew one day he would be a star," she said.

As Douglas made his way to Asda, he tweeted: "On our waaayy. Got the Crazy Nicole with me ready to see you all :-) 3."/P@, adding: "Heading back to zee hometown swindooonn! First stop my ...old work place ASDA Walmart at 10 o'clock!! :-) £excited woooo."

On arriving, Douglas looked overwhelmed and was supported by his mentor and X Factor judge Nicole.

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