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Dalton Harris The Million Pound Atriste

The latest X Factor winner for 2018 is no stranger to vocal success …. having won the Digicel Rising Star talent Show in 2010 at age 16 in Jamaica. That was a lucrative prize, in Jamaican standards. One million Jamaican dollars was among his prize haul.

Buoyed no doubt by that success, Dalton now 24, was keen to show the world that he was destined for bigger things. Alas! this was to be so. It is no secret that the X Factor is a biggie, if ever there was such a talent competition.


Commenting on his popular Talk Show ‘Cliff Hughes Online, (Cliff Hughes), said inter alia On what is on his Mind Segment, “Dalton has raw talent and this is a triumph over bigotry. He is a rich man today fifty thousand Pounds in cash upfront, approximately one million Jamaican dollars.” Hughes was likely subtly chiding the naysayers. Those who may have been criticizing Dalton, based on speculations in the social media and elsewhere regarding his sexuality. Vision has been monitoring many sources for reaction to Dalton’s win. The comments have been mainly positive.

The Voice

It was another Jamaican in the person of Tessanne Chin that won The Voice, that vocal competition in the USA, some three or so years age. The Voice can be described as the equivalent to the UK’s X Factor. An estimated 5 million viewers tuned in to watch the grand finale of the X Factor. This viewership is down considerably from the 17 million viewers who watch the show in the not so distance past. Dalton has been described as having boosted a rebirth of the show. His vocal range is believed to be unmatched in the annals of the X Factor.


Dalton Harris’ ascendency has not been without controversy as he was photographed hugging a man and possibly sitting in his lap. This photo image fueled speculation that he may have been gay. Social media had a field day. Who really cares? We wish him all the success in his future endeavors.

For starters, he has a million pound recording contract that awaits him from his X Factor success. Not bad for a talented Jamaican from humble beginnings.

He attended Kingston College and hails from Clarendon, Ja. WI.  Was he the victim of domestic abuse.
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Hopeton OConnor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent & Photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada

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