Dalton Harris in X Factor UK 2018 Finals! I Was Destined To Be Here...
11/26/2018 by Gardy Stein
He made it! After the glorious victory of Tessanne Chin winning the 2013 US-edition of The Voice, another Jamaican artist made it to the finals of a biiig talent show: Dalton Harris. The youngster who has spent the last six weeks singing his heart out at UK's X Factor brilliantly passed Sunday's semi-finals with a stunning delivery of Clown by Emelie Sandé [watch the video below] and is now among the last three contestants. "Seeing him make it to the finals was just a fulfilment of what I know he set out to do," his producer and mentor Donovan Germain told the Jamaica Observer after the results came in.
So far, Dalton has made a straight march-through, his talent evident from the first performance of Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word at the July auditions in London via the Six Chairs Challenge and the time spent in Ibiza at the Judges' Houses, at the end of which he was among the 16 finalists who were admitted to the live shows.
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Under the watchful eyes and ears of the world, he managed to impress both the jury (Simon Cowell, Louis Tomlinson, Ayda Field and Robbie Williams) and the audience over and over again, resulting in standing ovations and minute-long applause after each performance. And rightfully so: his vocal range is impressive (its touching qualities becoming evident already prior to the show on tracks like Pauper (watch the official video here!), an outcome of his collaboration with Penthouse Records, or Whisper In The Wind (listen here!) on the Smile Jamaica compilation by Silly Walks), and coupled with his entertainment qualities, it's no surprise judge Louis Tomlinson calls him "the most consistent contestant in this competition".
Probably most importantly, Harris seems to command the rare ability to completely focus on his goals, to not get distracted by whatever is going on about him. "Standing on that stage with everything around me is heavenly. I wanted to exist in music just exactly like this. I am right where I wanted to be.", he writes on an Instagram post, and "I will not respond with anger or frustration." on another, addressing the outburst of negative comments after a goofy "pic-gone-viral" issue. Russhaine Berry, who's been creating a hilarious summary of Dalton's live performances in his Dutty Berry Show, was prompted to comment on these ugly reactions in social media in his last episode: "When you hear the [X Factor] crowd and their applause and how people were so in awe of his talent and then you flashback to the drama that went on in Jamaica for some likkle trivial type of stuff (...) you know, it make you really just understand exactly why a lot of people say that dem never get support in Jamaica, like the artists dem always talk bout it. (...) How people can just be loved outside of their country, and the country that should be supporting them and should be like really a source of encouragement and strength, how can they really spit in your face at the worst time?"
This young man deserves the strength and energy he was shown when winning Jamaica's Digicel Rising Stars back in 2010. Chances are good that he'll put another "winner" on Jamaica's musical map in the X Factor UK 2018 finals next weekend!
By the way: the X Factor stars (Dalton Harris, Scarlett Lee, Anthony Russell, Danny Tetley, Acacia & Aaliyah, Brendan Murray, Shan Ako and Bella Penfold) will be on tour early next year in the UK. Check the DATES HERE!
DALTON HARRIS @ X FACTOR UK 2018 - IN THE PRESS...
- DALTON'S IN - SINGER ADVANCES TO FINALS OF BRITISH TALENT SHOW X FACTOR [Jamaica Observer - Nov. 26, 2018]
- HARRIS FOR X FACTOR WIN [Jamaica Gleaner - Nov. 26, 2018]
- KEEPING HIS EYE ON THE PRIZE - DALTON MAKES THE FINAL THREE [Jamaica Star - Nov. 26, 2018]
- DALTON HARRIS STEALS THE SHOW ON 'X FACTOR' [Billboard - Nov. 26, 2018]
- WHO IS DALTON HARRIS? X FACTOR 2018 FINALIST... [The Sun - Nov. 26, 2018]