Dalton Harris has won the 2018 series of The X Factor.
The odds-on favourite fended off competition from Scarlett Lee and Anthony Russell to scoop the title.
His winner’s single will be The Power of Love, the Frankie Goes To Hollywood cover he performed tonight as a duet with former X Factor star and ninth series winner James Arthur.
He also gets a recording contract with Simon Cowell’s Syco Records.
His fans, of course, went wild…
— Hannah Jane (@Hannah54726860) December 2, 2018
That voice! This man has talent that could rival the greats like Michael Jackson, Luther Van Dross, Stevie Wonder. But no comparisons.
HE IS DALTON HARRIS 🔥🔥🔥
He has the #XFactor @harrisdalton is incomparable
— Saima Mohsin (@SaimaMohsin) December 2, 2018
Never been happier about someone winning the Xfactor than I am for @harrisdalton right now. He doesn't even know how good he really is 💙
— Naomi Andrews (@NaomiAndrews92) December 2, 2018
The 24-year-old Jamaican-born singer, who wowed judges with his very first audition song Sorry Seems To He The Hardest Word, sang the show out with Arthur, before former contestants finally stormed the stage.
Dalton had already found fame in Jamaica, on the TV talent show Rising Stars in 2014, landing a record contract, a number one single and recording three albums.
But after his career faltered, it’s taken The X Factor to bring him back into the spotlight.
It was an occasionally dazzling and baffling final – from opening with Baby Shark and a cameo appearance from Simon Cowell’s son Eric, via Anthony’s jarringly lairy performance of I Predict A Riot (it’s a charity single after all), to Robbie joining Take That on stage for a medley of his former band’s songs.
Louis Tomlinson, Dalton’s series mentor, said: “He’s been a true professional and a real winner throughout this.”
Simon Cowell then thanked his sponsors, takeaway website Just Eat, which took a bit of a shine off proceedings, to be honest.
Simon's like me – thinking about food before work is even finished. #xfactor
— Jono Read (@jonoread) December 2, 2018
Bootle’s Anthony scored third place, with Surrey-born Scarlett landing in second.
— The X Factor (@TheXFactor) December 2, 2018