I like the first few weeks of ‘The Voice’ with the spinny chairs but when it reaches the business end of the competition I usually stop watching because I’m bored.
So when Jermaine Jackman popped into The Bay studios for a live session I only realised he was the 2014 winner when I did some research.
I remember well his sensational audition in front of the red chairs when Will-I-Am spun round.
Will is the one you want. He is the master of producing global smashes.
According to Jermaine, “Will is just as crazy off the screen as he is on. We never stopped laughing.”
Winning any talent show is a poison chalice most of the time but at least winners of the X Factor are pretty much guaranteed a Christmas Number One single before the 15 minutes of fame is up.
Winners of The Voice so far have not had the luxury of capitalising on the attention so when they finally release material, the moment has passed.
You get a sense that Jermaine Jackman is the winner that will finally become a star.
He is a charming guy and is genuinely humble.
He has his head screwed on and possess a distinctive, powerful voice that is oozing soul and emotion. His live session at The Bay was effortless.
Jermaine is just about to release his debut album of original material and I’ve have a listen, it’s a really strong record.
There is real emotion in his vocals which is partly due to the music and partly the tough time he was going through.
“I was recording the first single, then I had to fly over to New York because my Grandma was very ill suffering with throat cancer.
“I played it to her and she told me she liked it and I should release it as the first single. So I did.”
Jermaine’s album came nearly a year after his triumph on The Voice which has given him time for the win to sink in.
“When I won I didn’t have any time to think about it.
“As soon as the final was over I was whisked to Manchester to a radio studio where I did 110 interviews in a day.
“The next morning I was up early for breakfast TV then performances up and down the country.
“It was nearly a week before I had chance to catch up with my Mum who just cried with joy when I saw her for the first time. She is my biggest fan. I couldn’t have done any of this without her.”