Anita not daunted - Jamaican-born 'Voice' contestant not deterred by Tessanne comparisons

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Genre : Society news
Principal country concerned : Column : Music
Release/publication date : 2014
Published on : 16/11/2014
Source : The Gleaner

It's on to the next round for Jamaica-born Anita Antoinette, coached by Gwen Stefani, as she advances to the final 12 in this season's staging of the United States singing competition 'The Voice'.

Last Tuesday, the singer delivered another memorable performance as she belted out the lyrics to Meghan Trainor's popular hit All About That Bass. Not only did she do justice to the song, but a reggae twist to the original version and a few saucy dance moves had the live studio audience totally captivated.

The performance guaranteed her a spot in the final 12 and saw Antoinette leading the pack of finalists on the popular iTunes chart, much like she did the previous week with her version of MAGIC!'s Rude.


Her fan base has been growing steadily, with Jamaican entertainers Shaggy and Lady Saw joining Tessanne Chin, Dahlia Harris, and Nikki Z on the singer's list of supporters. As her support list continues to grow with each performance, so does the comparison between her and last year's winner, Tessanne Chin.

Many feel the young entertainer truly has what it takes to make it all the way to the top, while there are others who believe she is merely 'piggybacking' on the fact that she is Jamaica-born. In a recent interview with the singer, Antoinette said she was well aware of the comparisons and the negative remarks that are made, but revealed that the feeling she gets from the love shown by many across the region overrides any negativity.

"There are people who will always be like that - not everybody will like you - but that doesn't change who I am or where I'm going," she said. "Besides, the support and the love I have been shown thus far have been so heart-warming, it's overwhelming."


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