Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller led the praises for singer Tessanne Chin, who won the NBC’s The Voice season five competition on Tuesday night, landing herself a record deal with Universal Music and a first prize of US$100,000.
“By being ‘The Voice‘ you have joined the ranks of a long list of outstanding Jamaican achievers who have held the flag high internationally and confirm to the world that we are a nation of world beaters on the world class stage.”
“You have been a fine ambassador for Jamaica during this grueling competition and your voice; your victory will now serve to set the new standard for others to follow. We in Jamaica tonight feel a special pride that you are one of us and we look forward to celebrating with you in a larger and appropriate way on your return to the island,” Prime Minister Simpson Miller said in a statement.
During the results show Tuesday night, Tessanne delivered a scintillating performance with her idol, the legendary Celine Dion. The duo sang ‘Love can move Mountains‘, which was released by Dion in 1992.
The 28-year-old Jamaican singer beat out rivals Jacquie Lee and Will Champlin to win the fifth season of the television singing contest that ended Tuesday in a star-studded season finale that featured performances by Lady Gaga and Dion. (READ MORE AT: CARIBBEAN 360)