Will real JLS lookalikes step forward?
BEING photographed with female fans, getting free drinks in nightclubs and jumping the queues at Alton Towers are all part of the lifestyle when you look like a boyband member – according to two dopplegangers from Derby.
The pair are living the dream after realising they look identical to members of chart-topping band JLS, who shot to fame after appearing on TV talent show X Factor.
Jon-Adam, right, and AJ Reid, left, are forming a JLS look-alike group called Just Look Similar. They are appealing for two lads to complete the group.
The real chart-topping band JLS, from left, Jonathan Benton, Marvin Humes, Ortise Williams and Aston Merrygold, who shot to fame as X Factor runners-up.
They get mobbed on nights out by female fans who want pictures, autographs and hugs from the Marvin and Aston lookalikes.
Now the pair are seeking two more dead-ringers to join them as they set up their tribute group called Just Look Similar.
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Jon-Adam Pamment, 23, and AJ Reid, 24, have even been approached by a club manager in Liverpool who would pay them to sit in his bar and sup on free drinks, just because of how they look.
Jon-Adam, who lives off Great Northern Road, has given up his job at clothes shop G-Star, in Westfield, to "make the most of this great opportunity".
He said: "I used to be at work and people would say 'you look like the guy from X Factor'. Then people started coming up to me on nights out saying 'are you him?'
"I don't watch the X Factor, so I didn't know who he was, but I had a look."
It was later that Jon-Adam met ex-Murray Park pupil AJ, of Sinfin, after he went for an interview at G-Star.
Despite not getting the job, the pair became friends and started to go clubbing together.
"We were getting approached all the time, it went crazy," said Jon-Adam, a former Wren Park Primary School student.
"We went to Alton Towers and got to jump the queue. The staff even gave us free slush puppies.
"It was really surreal. There were lots of 11-year-old girls screaming at us. I was with my girlfriend, but people thought Marvin was cheating on his girlfriend.
"People even ask me what Simon Cowell is like. I say 'really nice but big-headed'."
Jon-Adam, who has also lived in Littleover and Repton, said sometimes the pair wanted to hide away and not be seen, but most of the time they enjoyed the attention their looks bring.
And he said it would be "silly" not to try and take advantage of it.
"There is a good opportunity for us, but you do not know how long JLS are going to be around for," he said. "We have to make the most of it while we can."
AJ, an engineer at Bombardier, said: "It is quite fun – I find it all amusing. We get a lot of attention, particularly from the girls, which is nice."
They are appealing for lads who resemble the two other members of JLS, JB and Ortise, to come forward to complete the group.
Anyone who thinks they fit the bill should e-mail their photo to Jon-Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org.