X Factor star Jahmene Douglas looks almost unrecognisable a decade after fame on the show
2nd December 2022

X Factor runner-up Jahmene Douglas unveiled a new look this week, leaving him very different from the 21 year old singing hopeful fans were used to.

Appearing on the show in 2012, he impressed the judges at the first audition as he sung Etta James hit At Last, but ultimately lost out to series winner James Arthur, finishing in second place.

During his time on the show Jahmene was mentored by Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger.

Throughout the series he sported the same look, keeping his hair short and his faced shave. But in the yeas since, Jahmene has adopted a new look.

Since appearing on the show Jahmene has opted to sport his natural curls, rather than keep his hair short, and has grown a small, but neat, beard.

In the year after his stint on X Factor, Jahmene released his debut studio album, Love Never Fails, which peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart.

The album featured a collaboration with show mentor Nicole Scherzinger with a duet of "The Greatest Love of All".

He also collaborated with Stevie Wonder, who lent his harmonica skills on the track "Give Us This Day".

In September 2016, he released his second album Unfathomable Phantasmagoria.

During his time on The X Factor, Jahmene made headlines after he refused to sing "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" by Katy Perry, arguing that it was "graphic and unsuitable" and should not appear on the family show.

In 2017, fans were left worried when he revealed he had been suffering with suicidal thoughts, sharing a poem about this to his Twitter account.

The poem opened up with the lines: "Hi, I am the demon of suicide. You will try to forget me but I'll never hide."

It continued: "You will pretend that I am gone but you'll know that you've lied. For I am the demon of suicide."

The poem continued for 12 versus and finished with the lines: "Yes I am the demon of suicide. Will you give me your life? It has only ever been for you to decide…"

He also posted a statement to Instagram about his depression, with X Factor winner James Arthur reaching out to him.

James, who has openly discussed his own battle with depression, commented: "Brother I’m here for you. Answer your phone. I know what you’re going through. Pick up."

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