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“It is fake,” says X Factor contestant Dalton Harris

Observer senior reporter

Sunday, October 14, 2018

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Jamaican artiste Dalton Harris, who is currently a finalist in the UK version of the televised talent competition X Factor, has hit out against individuals soliciting votes on his behalf despite the fact that voting has not yet started in the competition.

Harris, who is a past winner of the local Digicel Rising Stars, a similar talent competition in Jamaica, took to social media to point out the scam.

“Greetings people. There is a link going around saying to vote for Dalton Harris in the X Factor; it is fake. It has nothing to do with me or the show. Voting hasn't even started for anything in the show at all, so please be careful. This link is not true, it's a lie... Respect,” he stated in a video.

Dalton aced the audition with an impassioned performance of Elton John's Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word, getting four yeses from the judges. He moved on to the six-chair challenge where he was again successful after performing Prince's Purple Rain, and is now part of the boys team being mentored by English singer-songwriter Louis Tomlinson, who is also a judge on the show. Tomlinson is best know as a member of the boy band One Direction.

Harris and his teammates were flown to chic island of Ibiza in the Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast of Spain where, in an upcoming episode, they will be reduced from six to a team of four for the live shows. Tomlinson has solicited his fellow One Direction member Liam Payne and legendary songwriter and guitarist Nile Rodgers to help him make the cut.

Following his audition, when asked what would the competition mean to him, Harris responded: “It would mean everything because I've wanted to be here for seven years, so this has been seven years of watching and preparing.”

Harris won Digicel Rising Stars in 2010.

Meanwhile, chief judge Simon Cowell's team for the live shows has already been made known. He flew his group of six to Malibu in California, where he had them perform for a slew on industry heavyweights including his former American Idol judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson as well as the show's host, Ryan Seacrest. He also added renowned songwriter Diane Warren to his panel.

On Saturday it was the turn of judge Robbie Williams to make his team of four known. He is mentoring the groups in this year's competition and has the assistance of David Williams — British actor, comedian, author, and judge on the televised talent show Britain's Got Talent — to help him make the cut. Williams' house is located in Beverly Hills, California.

His wife Ayda Field , who is also a judge, is the mentor for the more mature contestants, known as The Overs. She has flown her group to Los Angeles, where along with former X Factor winner Leona Lewis and American Idol champion Adam Lambert, she will reduce her group to four for the live shows.

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