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The Voice finalist Jamie Johnson suffers disappointment as Jermain Jackman wins show

By Nicola Jordan

Medway's Jamie Johnson suffered disappointment tonight as he lost out in the live final of The Voice.

He was first to leave the show, despite receiving huge support from his home town.

The Star in Watling Street, Gillingham, held a party showing the live final on its screens and decorating the bar with posters to support Jamie.

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Jamie with fans outside The Barge pub
Jamie with fans outside The Barge pub

Fans cheered as he teamed up with his mentor Kylie Minogue to perform a cover of Eurythmics' There Must be an Angel.

But it wasn't enough for him to take the crown, with Jermain Jackman crowned winner.

Earlier The Star's manager Laura Boult said: “As a regular act at The Star we have supported him from the start and want to celebrate him being in the final.

Jamie’s been performing here for the last 12 months. He always packs the pub out.”

Video: Jamie is set to perform on The Voice UK, on BBC 1 from 7pm tonight

Sue McLeod, principal of MidKent College, said: “We’re all behind Jamie and wish him best of luck for this weekend.

“He has performed at the college for various events over the last few years, and is without a doubt a very talented performer who has the ability to captivate an audience.

Jamie Johnson belts out a classic during a visit to The Barge pub
Jamie Johnson belts out a classic during a visit to The Barge pub

“Whatever happens in the final, he has done himself very proud and showed millions of viewers exactly what he is capable of. We hope he goes on to have a very successful career as a result.”

The support comes just days after Jamie visited The Barge in Gillingham where, as a nervous 15-year-old, he picked up the mic and belted out The Man Who Can’t Be Moved by The Script.

From that moment on Jamie knew singing was what he really wanted to do.

Party for The Voice finalist Jamie Johnson ahead of the final
Party for The Voice finalist Jamie Johnson ahead of the final

And this time the former Brompton Academy and MidKent College student announced: “The drinks are on me.”

He arrived in his trademark yellow Mini as fans chanted his name and wore his face mask.

"Of course he can go all the way now. He’s achieved this through hard work and listening to others" - Tim Robinson, of The Barge

Among the first to hug him were mum Sharla, 43, dad Matt, 45, and sister Jessica, 17, who have followed him through every stage of the contest.

Tim Robinson, from The Barge, remembers Jamie’s first open-mic performance.

He said: “Of course he can go all the way now. He’s achieved this through hard work and listening to others.”

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