Jahmene in tears after his X Factor performance
Singer Jahmene Douglas is through to the next round of The X Factor after breaking down in tears following a heart-rending performance of I Say A Little Prayer.
The 22-year-old, pictured, who grew up in Peasedown St John, has had to cope with national media attention over his abusive father, who was jailed for an horrific attack on Jahmene's mother in 2003.
After he had performed the Dionne Warwick classic on Saturday night's ITV1 show, he began crying, and was praised by judges.
His coach Nicole Scherzinger said: "You're 22 and you have survived through so much and you are so brave and you have bigger balls than anyone I know. I love you and I'm so proud of you. You are here for a reason – for great purpose."
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Jahmene, who now lives in Swindon, where he had been working in a supermarket, said: "Last weekend there was a personal story about my father and his past – I wasn't going to tell anyone.
"I guess it's a good thing that it's come out because people can see that's the way I am and that's the reason I laugh after everything I say, because if I don't laugh then I'll break down."
In 2008, just after Jahmene's father Eustace was released from prison, his brother Daniel was found dead in Bath after being reported missing for a month.
The 22-year-old fitness instructor had worked at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre and the South Wansdyke Centre in Midsomer Norton.