Eight years after walking away with the Digicel Rising Stars crown, Dalton Andre Harris has done it again – accomplishing what most people call “the expected” as he emerged winner of the 15th season of X Factor, beating Scarlett Lee in the final showdown. Anthony Russell finished the series in third place.
Having been crowned the winner yesterday, Dalton will get a £1 million (approximately J$162,632,400) recording contract with Syco Music, in association with Sony Music.
Digicel Rising Stars’ producer, Sharon Schroeter, told The STAR that she never doubted the 2010 local series winner would become a megastar. “There was never a doubt in my mind that Dalton could achieve this dream as week after week he blew everyone away with his amazing voice,” Schroeter said. She continued: “Now it’s time to show the world what you got.”
Verlando Small, who changed the Digicel Rising Stars competition pool by winning in 2013 with his saxophone playing skills, was of a similar opinion, stating that “Dalton’s win is a testament to what growth can accomplish. I do believe he has what it takes to be a winner outside of any competition and within the global music industry.”
He says that despite the emotional battles and the criticisms Harris received from his fellow Jamaicans, following a picture of Harris in a group photograph, the singer remained strong. “Our Jamaican people really have a lot to learn and need to travel more before the opinions that they do. Dalton has proven that negativity has no effect on his talent and it is not taking away from the person that we have been watching dominate the international stage,” Small said.
Other past Rising Stars winners, including Shuga and Romain Virgo, had taken to social media congratulating their colleague on the win, stating that even before X Factor, “he is already a winner.”
Small added that “Now the world knows who Dalton Harris is and it is important that he uses the links he has made throughout X Factor to get him to where he wants to ultimately be. He is among pretty decent artistes, producers, musicians and managers – everything that it takes to make a megastar. There is so much he could use to his advantage.”
Harris had been forecast as a possible finalist in the British reality television music competition from the preliminary auditions in September, when he performed Elton John’s Sorry Seems to be The Hardest Word, and emerged as a crowd favourite throughout the season. For Sunday’s finale, Harris pulled every bit of vocal strength to perform his single The Power Of Love, enough to outdo his singing partner, James Arthur. The 2012 X Factor winner is the featured artiste on the track.
Dalton has been one of the standout contestants across the series, having been the highest charting X Factor act on iTunes previously with his rendition of Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing and Beyonce’s Listen. Within hours of his win, The Power Of Love debuted at number one on the digital music streaming platform.