Dalton wows judges

Jamaican moves into top 14 of X Factor UK

Observer senior reporter

Monday, October 22, 2018

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Jamaica's Dalton Harris on Saturday put on another impressive performance to wow the judges, the audience, and ultimately the voting public on the first live show of this season of the talent series X Factor UK.

Twenty-four-year-old Harris chose David Bowie Life on Mars and truly put his impressive vocals, heart and emotion into a 90-second performance which left the audience touched, and was enough take him into the top 14 performers. On Sunday two contestants, Trinidadian Olatunje Yearwood and Briton Armstrong Martins were eliminated.

Speaking of his song choice ahead of the performance, Harris noted that the song speaks to possibilities and opportunities.

“I'm singing that song because the line 'Is there life on Mars?' . I thought of Jamaica... Is that the only place that exists... No. Is there any opportunity anywhere else in the world. That song for me is the perfect song. I just need to put my soul into it the way I always do. That's the only way I can sing . That's the only way I know how to,” Harris said

Following his rendition of the Bowie tune three of the four judges instantly rose to their feet, giving the youngster an ovation.

Judge Robbie Williams was the first to speak.

“I feel like you are an established act coming on to the X Factor to promote your own album. Your voice is absolutely incredible. I love you. Own it. You are a beautiful person with a beautiful voice. Congrats, I am a fan.”

“Dalton consider me another fan,” Williams' wife and fellow judge Ayda Field chimed in.

“I love that song and the way you delivered. It was powerful. I was so instantly connected to you from the moment you uttered that first note to the very end. For me that was one of the most memorable performances of the entire evening, and the perfect way to close out our first show,” Field added.

Lead judge and show creator Simon Cowell also had nothing but positive comments for the past winner of Digicel Rising Stars — the similar talent show on local television.

“That was good, and you know why that was great... because you're gonna remember that and you did something at the end of the show which we weren't expecting. You've got a great vocal. I know how much this means to you. This was special,” Cowell told the Jamaican.

Harris' team mentor and judge Louis Tomlinson beamed with pride as he spoke of the performance.

“Dalton, I just sat here with the biggest smile on my face. I told you I was so excited for this moment for you, but actually also for me, so I could show you off. Actually, you fully delivered. I can comfortably say that was the best vocal of the night. You did an absolutely amazing job. You made me proud, you made yourself proud, you made everyone at home proud. Well done.”

Harris now moves into the second live show which airs on ITV in the UK this Saturday.

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