Former YouTube Talent J. Rome Wins 'Duets' and Record Deal
Njai Joszor7/20/2012 10:05:46 AM
Following performances of songs like "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)," R&B singer J. Rome won the first season of ABC's talent competition "Duets" Thursday.
At the close of an hour long season finale, packed with performances from judges and mentors Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke, the talented star won over final three hopefuls John Glosson and Jason Farol.
From the start of the season J. Rome remained one of the most consistent performers, topping the leaderboard through to the live shows. Even John Legend said he would sign him if he didn't end up taking the prize -- a recording contract with Hollywood Records.
While J. Rome is a fresh face to many of the millions watching "Duets," which features judges/mentors performing with amateur talent, he is known to thousands of subscribers and countless other viewers on YouTube.
Prior to appearing on "Duets," J. Rome performed covers of songs including Usher's "Climax" and Whitney Houston's "I Believe In You and Me" on YouTube. Many of his fans followed his journey and likely helped him win in that nationwide vote.
Near speechless during Thursday's finale, J. Rome said the win felt "really good."
"It was an out of body experience," he told Zap2It following the finale. "But it felt good. It felt really good and I'm just happy that I got to be up there with John [Glosson], and I'm grateful to Jennifer [Nettles] for everything."
Earlier in the season he had delivered an emotional performance dedicated to his grandfather, who passed away. Discussing the close bond they shared and their gift of music, J. Rome said "I wish he was able to see this."
With his win on "Duets," J. Rome joins the Hollywood Records roster that includes names like Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez.
As for J. Rome's mentor, who hand picked him and John Glosson during a round of auditions, a duet on his debut album is not out of the question. Correcting "Duets" host Quddus during the finale, she said their performance together may not be the last.