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X Factor star prayed with Nicole Scherzinger before shows

BOND: Jahmene Douglas and Nicole Scherzinger

X FACTOR UK runner-up Jahmene Douglas has revealed that he prayed with his celebrity mentor, Nicole Scherzinger, before all of his appearances on the hit TV show.

The 22-year-old singer said that the Don’t hold your breath hit-maker is “a religious person”, before noting that the star’s faith plays a big part in her family life.

Speaking to Premier Christian Radio’s ‘Inspirational Breakfast’ program he said: “She prayed with me before I went on and was such a source of strength for me on the show. Her family is extremely religious too – her mum probably preaches every day.”

The former shelf stacker at a Swindon supermarket, who says he has prayed all his life, went on to discuss how he found religion at a very early age: “For me religion has always been that light, that beacon and I thought ‘I need some of that’. Now I feel so incredibly blessed and grateful to be where I am.”

“I don’t take anything for granted, so each day that I’m having is such a blessing. I’m just happy to be in this moment,” he added.

Asked if he might perhaps enter the ministry, Jahmene said he believed his calling was his music and it was definitely going to be Gospel, setting his sights on collaborating with Gospel artists like Karen Clark Sheard, CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin, and Kirk Franklin.

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