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Gillingham singer Jamie Johnson performs at The Barge pub ahead of The Voice final

By Nicola Jordan

Singer Jamie Johnson has gone back to his roots ahead of The Voice final this weekend.

The 19-year-old enjoyed a party at The Barge pub, in Gillingham, where he first started gigging yesterday.

The bash was filmed by the BBC and the footage will be part of the final show on Saturday, when Jamie will be competing to be crowned 2014 winner.

Jamie with mum Sharla and sister Jessica at The Barge pub

The pub in Layfield Road was packed with family, friends and fans as Jamie turned up in his trademark yellow Mini.

He was greeted by cheers from the crowd and kisses from mum Sharla and sister Jessica. Jamie posed for pictures and signed autographs before getting on stage.

Jamie performed Bonnie Raitt's I Can't Make You Love Me, which he sang in the semi-final.

His emotional rendition on Saturday earned him the most public votes for Kylie Minogue's team and a place in the top four.

Jamie with fans outside The Barge pub
Jamie arrives in his yellow Mini

After Jamie's performance on the show, Kylie said: "Now I'm finding it hard to speak. I try my best to keep strong for my guys, but now that you've performed I may fall to pieces.

"You deliver every time and it was so beautiful to hear you sing something so emotional."

Video: Jamie Johnson is set to perform in the finals of The Voice UK on the BBC at 7pm tonight

Fellow judge Will.i.am said: "I think you made everyone love the way you were singing. Great song selection, great elegant set up, you executed it flawlessly."

Sir Tom Jones chipped in with: “He made it his own, and it was really strong. To be 19 years old and sing with that emotion, it’s as though you’ve lived that song”.

And Ricky Wilson continued: "Honestly, it was such an open and honest lyric. It made us really see you, with nothing to hide behind, and I wanted to see that from you."

Jamie gives autographs to young fans
Jamie is greeted with cheers as he arrived at The Barge pub

Jamie will be up against Sally Baker, Christina Marie Wickens and Jermaine Jackman in the final which airs on Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.

The Star pub in Gillingham, where Jamie has also performed in the past, will be holding a Voice party on Saturday. The pub in Watling Street will be showing the live final on its big screens and the bar has been decorated with support Jamie posters.

Laura Boult, from the pub, said: "As a regular act at The Star we have supported him from the start and want to do something big to celebrate him being in the final."

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