X Factor 2012: Jahmene Douglas inspired by Whitney Houston

Jahmene Douglas (X Factor 2012)

X Factor favourite Jahmene Douglas has revealed his musical inspiration is the late Whitney Houston.

The 18-year-old wowed the judges last Saturday night with his epic performance of Etta James track At Last.

Asked who inspires him, Jahmene explained: "It would have to be Whitney.

"For a long time, all I’d listen to was Whitney. She taught me how to sing. Naturally, I was devastated by news of her passing."

Jahmene received rave comments from the panel after his audition in London earlier this year.

Nicole gushed: "You are an amazing vocalist, we need more singers like you, real singers. I just want to take you and just eat you up honey."

While Gary added: "Mate, I got to tell you I’ve never seen a vocal performance like that before, that was off the scale. You completely nailed it today. That is how to do an audition."

Speaking after his try out, an overwhelmed Jahmene said: "I never imagined Gary would love my performance. I was worried that nerves were going to get the better of me."

In an interview with the ITV1 X Factor website, he added: "[And] having Nicole say that to you is never a bad thing! She’s stunning. I spoke with her backstage after my performance; she was so supportive and encouraging."

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