X Factor finalist Jahmene Douglas was mobbed as he met fans ahead of a homecoming gig with his mentor Nicole Scherzinger.
The 21-year-old was met by his family, cheering fans and former colleagues at the Asda superstore where he used to work in Swindon, Wiltshire. Hundreds of people turned out to get behind their new star and as he arrived his followers chanted his name and held up signs and posters.
His mother, Mandy Wood, thanked the crowd, which included people who had waited over four hours in freezing conditions to get a glimpse of Jahmene.
"I'm extremely, extremely proud," she said. "I knew it was going to happen, but not this fast. It's happening really quickly, but I knew one day he would be a star. He's very excited, I think bubbly sums him up at the minute. He's just ready to go, ready to sing.
"We don't know what is going to happen, but I know he'll do his best, so that's the main thing, as long as everybody enjoys what he does, that's the main thing."
As Jahmene made his way to Asda, he tweeted: "On our waaayy. Got the Crazy Nicole with me ready to see you all :-) <3.", adding: "Heading back to zee hometown swindooonn! First stop my ...old work place ASDA Walmart at 10 o'clock!! :-) #excited woooo."
On arriving at the store, Jahmene - one of three finalists - looked overwhelmed by the support.
Security staff were forced to ask people to move back as the barriers looked close to falling over as he arrived in a black people carrier and headed over to the crowd.
Jahmene and Nicole were on a whistlestop tour of Swindon, during which he also visited the Gorse Hill Community Centre before turning on the Christmas lights and performing for thousands of fans at Wharf Green in the city centre.