Richard Johnson (Jamaica Observer) reports on Dalton Harris, a Jamaican participant on the X Factor in the United Kingdom. [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.]
Jamaican Dalton Harris has successfully made it to next week’s round of the televised talent competition X Factor UK.
It was a tense results show yesterday with 12 contestants vying for the top 10 slots. A technical glitch during Saturday’s performance show resulted in voting being relegated to 14 minutes during the Sunday afternoon broadcast (local time). The producers also opened the show yesterday by showing each of the performances from Saturday in their entirety to refresh the minds of voters.
Harris was visibly nervous as he awaited his call into the top 10. He was the fifth contestant to be chosen. Also in the top ten are his fellow Boys Team mates Anthony Russell and Brendan Murray; Shan Ako, Bella Penfold and Scarlette Lee from the Girls Team; Danny Tetley and Gio Spano from The Overs; and Misunderstood and Acacia & Aaliyah from The Groups. At the end of the voting it was the quintet United Vibe who was sent home. The duo Acacia & Aaliyah and Molly Scott were left as the bottom two and forced into a sing-off, with the duo ending on top and returning next week.
Harris’s studio recording of Radiohead’s Creep, which he performed on Saturday’s live show, shot up iTunes Top 100 charts. For the second-straight week, Harris was the top X Factor contestant on the chart, peaking at number 34.
Just like last week, only one other contestant joined the Jamaican talent on the charts. Shan Ako, who performed the Simon and Garfunkel classic The Sound of Silence, made it to number 98.
Saturday’s show was based on a Halloween theme and Harris appeared on stage with white hair and matching contact lenses to added to his impressive vocals. He earned another standing ovation from all the judges after he poured all his emotion into the soft rock anthem released back in 1993. [. . .]
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