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Exciting homecoming for Tessanne

SHELDON WILLIAMS, Staff Reporter

It was an exciting homecoming for songbird Tessanne Chin who returned to the island yesterday to a hero's welcome at The Norman Manley International Airport two days after being crowned winner on the American music show 'The Voice'.

Chin was greeted by well-wishers, business executives, sponsors, Government officials and media among others inside The Government Lounge during a press conference moments after she landed.

Among the well-wishers was dancehall deejay Shaggy who was credited with encouraging Chin to participate in the competition.

He lauded her work ethic throughout the three competitive months and emphasised her winning spirit.

"This lady was up from 5 a.m. every morning and kept working until 10 p.m. throughout the months of the competition," he said.

"You see what happened on Mondays and Tuesdays but you did not see what happened the rest of the week. She had to be learning new songs, choreography, camera angles and doing interviews," he said.

Andrew Mahfood, chief operating officer of Wisynco continued to heap praises on Chin, playing on the title of one of her most popular hits.

"Thank you for the attention you have brought to our secret hideaway ... Jamaica," he said to applause.

Sharing in the moment were Digicel's CEO, Barry O'Brien; Opposition spokesperson on youth, culture and gender affairs, Olivia Grange, and Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeil.

Minister of youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna also shared in the experience.

Digicel presented Chin with a life-size board bearing the signatures of several Jamaicans who viewed the music show at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records throughout the season.

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