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Jahmene comes home to Swindon
This live event has finished
- X Factor finalist Jahmene Douglas is back home in Swindon today.
- The Adver is following him from location to location
- Keep up to date with the latest from his visit to Asda, his church group and at the Christmas lights switch on
- Send us your pictures of Jahmene in the town and comments
And that's it, it is all over.
Jahmene has been whisked off and is no doubt now looking towards getting mentally prepared for this weekend's X Factor final.
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Jahmene is currently performing to the crowd - he is singing At Last followed by Ain't No Mountain High Enough mixed with Amy Winehouse's Tears Dry on Their Own.
So what do you all think of the lights?
Not long to go now - almost time for the countdown!
Here is what some Tweeters have to say about Jahmene and the Christmas Lights switch on...
A lot more people know where swindon is thanks to @JahmeneDouglas #swindon #xfactor— @amanarranch 05 December 2012
Were so cold but to see you @JahmeneDouglas @NicoleScherzy it's all worth it;) @lois99x— @RachelTWSykes 05 December 2012
Had such a good day....hugged Jahmene Douglas and got Nicole Sherzinger's signature *dancing*— @laura_funmilola 05 December 2012
Thousands of people have congregated in Wharf Green for the lights switch on tonight.
The crowds stretch all the way down Canal Walk and traffic heading in to the centre is busy.
Reporter Matt Edwards is in Wharf Green and will be chatting to Jahmene shortly.
Here is a sneak peek at a couple of the photos that will be in our special supplement tomorrow
Tomorrow's Adver is full of Jah-mania!
You'll find our X Factor finalists on pages 1, 3, 4, 5 and a special eight-page supplement too.
So don't forget to pick up your copy.
Time for a short break before Jahmania kicks off again.
If you are in Wharf Green why not send us your pictures? You can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them to @swindonadver
Jahmene has now left the building. He's off for a change before the Christmas Lights switch on in T-Minus 110 minutes.
Jahmene is now getting ready to leave Gorse Hill Community Centre. He performed four songs in total, including This Little Light of Mine with Nicole.
@JahmeneDouglas and @NicoleScherzy performing I'm gona let it shine in Swindon http://t.co/99h8rMT2— @swindonadver 05 December 2012
Jahmene is now performing - the choir have just sung Yes Lord and are now singing Jesus Loves Me.
Nicole has got into the spirit of the meeting and is wearing one of the purple choir robes.
Is everyone getting ready for the Christmas lights switch on in T-Minus two and a half hours? Jahmene is due to be on stage at approximately 6.30pm and will be flicking the switch to illuminate the town centre at 7pm.
Here's a picture of the choir warming up ready to sing with Jahmene
And Jahmene is in the building (well outside it in this picture!)
Closely followed by Nicole....
Jahmene's old choir are entertaining the crowds waiting for his arrival.
Some pictures taken by our photographer Stuart Harrison at Abbey Meads School this morning. You can buy Adver pictures by logging on to http://thisiswiltshire.newsprints.co.uk/
Here's a picture taken by reporter Matt Edwards of the crowds outside Gorse Hill Community Centre. Hope everyone is wrapped up warm.
Large crowds have gathered outside Gorse Hill Community Centre ahead of Jahmene's arrival there.
For those of you who haven't seen it yet, here is the list of winners for our competition to get VIP access at the Christmas Lights switch on this evening.
- Darren Walker
- Hayley Bennett
- Craig Tuck
- Rebecca Allen
- Denise Rendall
- Kimberley Bennett
- Karen Harwood
- Marjorie Labarca
- Laura Bowman
- Gary Clarke
Jahmene has just left Asda. We're expecting his next stop is Gorse Hill Community Centre in about an hour.
Nicole has just tweeted this picture of a pizza menu under the word - lunch!
Anyone have any idea if this restaurant is in Swindon (she could be teasing us and it may be the menu from lunch yesterday in Middlesbrough) and if so where
You can't quite make out the name at the top of the menu.
Answers on a postcard please...
UPDATE: Thanks to our lovely Facebook readers I can reveal that the menu is not in Swindon, it's from Rapps Cafe 'oop north' where Nicole was with James Arthur yesterday.
The lovely team at Asda have just presented Jahmene with a cheque for £10,000 for Women's Aid.
There have been cheers, tears and a lot of screaming outside Asda as Jahmene meets his fans.
He has been busy signing autographs and is now chatting with mum Mandy and some of his former Asda colleagues.
RT @swindonadver: @JahmeneDouglas and @NicoleScherzy meeting family and colleagues at Asda http://t.co/vZROnRhU— @Cpt_L_Pugwash 05 December 2012
I can see @JahmeneDouglas and @NicoleScherzy ahhhh!!!— @EllaPrice21 05 December 2012
Jahmene is at Asda - and the crowds have gone wild!
RT @JahmeneDouglas: On our waaayy http://t.co/OiBOq9eU— @Hannie1993 05 December 2012
RT @JahmeneDouglas: Got the Crazy Nicole with me ready to see you all :-) <3— @UnionJTribe 05 December 2012
Also waiting at the front of the store, wearing his vote Jahmene T-shirt, is Stewart Fleming, Asda Walmart’s fresh manager, who is still technically the star’s boss until his career break comes to an end on January 13.
He said: “I did speak to him last week and told him I expected to see him back at work and he just laughed at me. But I have got nothing but pride for the guy to be fair and I hope he goes from strength to strength and gets better.
“For the colleagues, I’m really pleased he decided to come. Because there’s a lot of guys that work with him here that were close to him when he was at the store and they ‘re just made up for him to come back and say hello and have a chat to them.”
They have been waiting out in the cold for hours but as you can see from this picture, the team from Asda still have a smile on their faces as they wait for Jahmene to arrive.
Jahmene's mum Mandy Thomas is among those waiting outside Asda for her son. She has been telling the Adver (and other media) how proud she is of Jahmene and everything that he has achieved.
RT @swindonadver: @goldylonglocks waiting for her son Jahmene outside Asda http://t.co/FW61c0dO— @BeJahmazing 05 December 2012
Are you amongst the hundreds of people waiting to see Jahmene outside Asda? Why not send us your pictures of the singer when he arrives? You can email them to email@example.com or you can also text them to 80360 starting your message with SWINDON NEWS.
Chin up everyone in the crowd outside Asda - the hanging about in the cold will soon be worthwhile. Jahmene is on his way.
The pupils at Abbey Meads School didn't stop chanting Jahmene's name from the moment the helicopter landed!
RT @swindonadver: @JahmeneDouglas thanking his fans in Swindon http://t.co/e5q6HmOA— @RiaHughesThen 05 December 2012
@JahmeneDouglas and Nicole Scherzinger meet pupils at Abbey Meads school http://t.co/ieq5AWXy— @swindonadver 05 December 2012
@JahmeneDouglas stood in the cold for hours waiting for you at asda! Worth it though,seeing you again tonight at wharf green,loves you!— @_sophiebarrett 05 December 2012
@JahmeneDouglas touches down in Swindon http://t.co/JnxJIJQK— @swindonadver 05 December 2012
The helicopter has landed - but they haven't emerged from it yet.
RT @swindonadver: Children at Abbey Meads school waiting for @JahmeneDouglas http://t.co/RjHCpPHc— @gazzaloz 05 December 2012
Jahmene Douglas and his mentor Nicole Scherzinger are about to land in a helicopter at Abbey Meads School - the pupils are all cheering and waving posters.
RT @swindonadver: @JahmeneDouglas has left London and is on his way to Swindon by helicopter! Who is excited?— @shisha822011 05 December 2012
Our reporter David Wiles has been chatting to the crowd at Asda.
Laura Golding, 41, of Woodall Park, said Jahmene was 'brilliant'.
"I have been watching and listening to the show most weeks. It is great that something good is coming out of Swindon."
And teenager Rebecca Wickens, of Pinehurst, has been braving the chilly weather since 9.45am to catch a glimpse of the singer.
"I'm really glad he's remembering his roots," said the 16-year-old.
"A lot of celebrities to go to America and forget about where they come from but Jahmene is remembering his roots."
A couple of pictures of people waiting at Asda to see Jahmene when he arrives.
RT @asda: VIDEO: Here's @JahmeneDouglas's #xfactor mentor @NicoleScherzy in a #TextSanta hat helping out some great charities: http://t.co/S5obSOTE— @bigstewarty38 05 December 2012
I go to the xmas light switch on every year but I'm super excited this year as @JahmeneDouglas is back to perform for us #SwindonLegend— @lakeybaby28 05 December 2012
Although Jahmene has tweeted to say he was due to be at Asda at 10am the team are currently running behind schedule but are on their way.
RT @JahmeneDouglas: Heading back to zee hometown swindooonn! First stop my ...old work place ASDA Walmart at 10 o'clock!! :-) #excited woooo— @KaneWheatley1 05 December 2012
RT @swindonadver: Crowds gathering at Asda Walmart waiting for @JahmeneDouglas http://t.co/FOHqMgtu— @MattDavied25 05 December 2012
Crowds are gathering at Asda in North Swindon ready to catch a glimpse of our X Factor star as he returns to meet his fans and do some filming for the show's final.
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