X Factor's Jay James: "My suitcase for LA was heavier than all the girls"

Published Tuesday, Sep 30 2014, 19:40 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor's Jay James made sure he was certainly dressed to impress with a whopping 29 kilos worth in his suitcase as he headed to LA.

Jetting Stateside to sing in front of Simon Cowell at his LA home, Jay definitely didn't pack lightly for his trip and even gave the girls a run for their money when it came to squeezing his wardrobe into his case.

He said: "My suitcase was 29 kilos, the girls were all under 20 kilos, Helen's was only 15... so, I got told off!"

X Factor's Jay James auditions for Simon Cowell during Judges' Houses round, LA - 30 September

© ITV/ Syco / Thames TV

29?! What on earth did he have in there?

Putting his passion for fashion down to being in the military, Jay uses his Navy career as an excuse for keeping himself looking top notch.

"In the military you have to carry yourself in a certain way; you have to be well groomed and carry yourself with pride", he said.

And what better way to do so than with an impeccable wardrobe to hand!

When he's not perfecting his style, Jay is busy gushing about his err... fellow overs contestant Stevi Ritchie?

The dad-of-one admitted he and the cheeky Essex guy have sparked up a "serious bromance", so much so that Jay has been filming Stevi on his phone...

Explaining why, Jay said: "I'm creating The Stevi Show - he creates these brilliant moments that he's oblivious to... When you talk to him, you just melt. He is infectious!"

Sounds like Jay's wife may have some competition on her hands!

The 31-year-old sailed through his first audition, even making Mel B cry (yes, Scary Spice!) with his heartfelt rendition of 'Say Something'.

Dubbed the 'one to beat' by mentor Simon after his arena audition, Jay flew through to Judges' Houses and hopes to land himself a place in the live shows.

That is, if he can impress Simon all over again.

Speaking about his mentor, Jay said: "I wanted [Simon] because he talks sense. He says what he feels and that's very much how I am. I feel like we have a connection... he really reminds me of my dad - they have the same eyes!"

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