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Singer wins tastee talent contest

Richard Johnson

Wednesday, December 18, 2013    

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SIX days after walking away with the top spot in the 37th renewal of the Tastee Talent Contest, singer Jermaine Bryan said he was still ecstatic.

Speaking with the Jamaica Observer yesterday, the 22-year-old singer said he gave it his all.

"I really put my heart into the competition this year," said the Clarendon native, who works as a correctional officer.

He beat nine other contestants at the Tastee Cross Roads car park last Thursday.

The win for Bryan proves that the third time is really a charm, as he had tried his hand at the popular contest on two previous occasions — in 2008 and 2010.

"I had to work around some problems I had in the past in order to achieve the results I wanted," he said.

When pressed, Bryan explained his "problems" included behaviour issues, time management, and learning to perform as well in aspects of voice control.

For the finals, Bryan, who prefers to sing reggae and "music for the ladies", chose tracks I've Been Loving You Too Long by American Otis Redding and Do you Remember by English singer Adele. They paid off and he walked away with the top prize of $1 million.

The competiton's first runner-up was the six-member dance group Black Dice and third was vocalist Kevrol Diah.

The Tastee winner had nothing but the highest praises for singer Tessanne Chin.

"She is not just a very, very, very good singer, but every week she continues to represent Jamaica in a most respectable way; whatever happens, she is already a winner," he said.

For the first time in seven years there was no female artiste in the top three of the competition, and the finals did not have a deejay, usually a staple at Tastee.

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