Tessanne won the NBC’s talent show ‘The Voice’, Season 5, on December 17.
Simpson Miller told Tessanne that Jamaica was extremely proud of her accomplishment and looks forward to seeing her reach greater heights on the international scene.
“The entire Jamaica is proud of you and we wish you every success in your endeavours,” she said.
Tessanne made history as the first Jamaican to win the American talent show.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller Wednesday 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.
Chin had been stunning audiences with her renditions over the past four weeks and crowned her success on Monday night with her rendition of the late Whitney Houston’s hit “I have Nothing”.
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.
The singer cried as she struggled to process the news as Michael, her husband and her mother Christine embraced.
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