Dalton Harris wins X Factor UK 2018

The 24-year-old Jamaican emerged victor over thousands who submitted entries and auditions; survived the intensity of the six-chair challenge, the drama of their coaches homes, and the pressure of the seven live shows and performances. There was personal turmoil involving utterances by his mother and negative public comments regarding a photograph which surfaced showing him sitting in the lap of fellow X Factor contestant Brendan Murray. But even before the envelope was opened and Harris named winner, three of the show's musical guests were already proclaiming him so. Pop star Ellie Goulding referred to him as “the perfect contestant”, noting that his voice and story had the makings of a great artiste. Music legend Nile Rodgers, who sat in as a judge and mentor for two weeks of the competition, said: “Dalton's voice is absolutely flawless and his consistencey is something almost impossible to achieve.” Musician Gary Barlow of the group Take That also declared the Jamaican the winner. Harris is set to be rewarded with a recording contract with Syco Records — Simon Cowell's label owned by Sony. The actual dollar value of the contract is still unknown, but reports indicate that it could be in the region of £1 million. Harris first became known in Jamaica when, at age 16, he won the 2010 season of the local talent contest Digicel Rising Stars. Singer Nadine Sutherland, music industry insider Clyde McKenzie, and entertainment journalist Anthony Miller had front row seats to the beginning of his journey as judges of the competition.