When Dalton wowed X Factor

Monday, September 17, 2018

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Dalton Harris' performance on X Factor UK, which aired on ITV on Saturday, has been picked up by the media in the United Kingdom.

Tabloids including The Mirror and The Sun have been reporting about his emotional delivery of Elton John's Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.

I wanted to present myself as a vocalist, so I decided I would not do a reggae song. That would have been too easy. I believe I would also be limiting myself — Jamaican singing reggae is such a stereotype. I didn't want to use my culture as a gimmick, but rather put myself out there in an organic way so I can earn respect as a vocalist.”

According to media reports, Harris broke down in tears and had to be consoled by X Factor judges singer/songwriter Louis Tomlinson and his wife, actress Ayda Field. It is said following his touching, yet strong rendition of the popular song, lead judge and show creator Simon Cowell asked Harris about the sincerity of his delivery .

Harris is said to have responded: “I've been on my own since I was 15 but I've accepted it. It's not a sad story, it's just been a lot. It's been a long time.”

It was at this point that the husband-wife team rushed to the stage to comfort the Jamaican and gave him a big hug.

Harris is then said to have joked, “You see this on TV and think that's not going to be me because I'm a gangster.”

Harris explained to the Jamaica Observer that his crying was not a sign of weakness.

“It was a combination of things, I was just overwhelmed. I was not a weak cry, it was more like a sense of triumph after all my hard work. Of course my past seeps in, I can't escape that. But when I realised that I was standing on the X and receiving a standing ovation I did cry. I made sure not to do an ugly cry. It was an emotional moment,” Harris stated.

After drying his tears Harris received four big yeses from the judging panel and progressed to the next round of competition.

Prior to the performance it was a confident-looking Harris who strutted onto the X Factor stage to face the panel, which also includes British singer Robbie Williams. He boldly announced that he had flown in from Jamaica to audition. This was met with a resouding round of applause from the show's studio audience.

After announcing that he was going to attempt the Elton John ballad, Cowell quickly asked '“Why that?”, to which Harris noted:

“If a lot of people that I have come across said sorry a lot of people could be left with a lot less pain.”

Field then asked: “What would this competition mean to you?”

“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 replied.

Reports in the British media have quoted Dalton as describing his childhood as “dirt poor”.

“It was a humble life. It's not a sad story, it's how I came out of that and now I'm triumphant. This is probably going to be the break. This is single-handedly the most important moment of my life so far,” Harris is quoted as saying.

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