Twenty-four-year-old Jamaican Dalton Harris made his home nation proud over the weekend by coming up tops at the grand finale of popular British television music competition The X Factor UK.
The event, which took place at the Wembley Arena, saw him scoop the enviable £1 million recording contract with Syco Music, the record label founded by British music magnate as well as X Factor creator and judge Simon Cowell.
Dalton stole the show with a sublime performance of his winner’s single The Power of Love featuring former X Factor winner James Arthur.
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Becoming the first Jamaican to win the competition, his historical feat did not go unnoticed back home as Prime Minister Andrew Holness congratulated him.
— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) December 2, 2018
“Dalton is a phenomenal talent who underscores the fact that Jamaica, though a Small Island Developing State, produces some of the world’s best talent in entertainment and culture.” Holness said in an official statement.
“Dalton, has progressed effortlessly throughout the competition always remaining humble and true to his Jamaican roots with his singing producing goose pimples during his riveting performances.” The statement continued.
“Dalton’s victory, the first by a Jamaican of the X Factor competition, and his history-making performances have placed him in a league of excellent entertainers.”
To add more icing on the cake, his winner’s single is also climbing up the Official Singles Chart as reported by The Official Charts.
Thank you guys. Love. and cuddles. https://t.co/wMoFPjuicN
— Dalton Harris (@harrisdalton) December 5, 2018