It’s Short Boss

October 09, 2017
Short Boss
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Former Rising Stars winner Romain Virgo performs at the season 14 finale on Sunday.

Akeem 'Short Boss' Smith was always convinced that he would be the 2017 Rising Star.

“This is my year to win," the Portmore, St Catherine, resident declared as the competition entered the semi-final stage.

He wasn’t being brash. Jamaicans simply loved him, well at least more than the other competitors. They voted and voted, and made sure the crown was his.

"Thank you, Jamaica. Me nuh know how to thank you," an emotional Short Boss said after host Terri-Karelle Reid announced that he had triumphed.

It was Short Boss' fifth time entering the competition.

"I feel great. Hard work and perseverance really pay off. Every year there was a lesson so I just picked up on every learning experience and brought it into the next year. I got bigger and better each year and now I've finally won," he said.

For his troubles, Short Boss walked away with a J$1.5 million cash prize and a J$1.5 million grant from the Digicel Foundation for a community project of his choice.

"It naah guh stop yah suh," he said.

Touriss, the worthy competitor from Cross Keys, Manchester, finished second best.

He received a cash prize of J$600,000. 

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