Outspoken Dancehall/Reggae star, Mr. Vegas has openly questioned the support, or lack thereof, for the latest Jamaican singer on the The Voice, Anita Antoinette, suggesting there hasn't been much buzz about her since her successful blind audition on the American talent show in September.
Antoinette, who is currently based in Boston, has impressed so far on the show and was voted into the Top 12 on Wednesday after her creditable rendition of Meghan Trainor's All About The Bass during the first stage of live round perfomances. However, Vegas wonders why the energy for Antoinette is relatively tame compared to that of Tessanne Chin, who won season five of The Voice late last year.
“I am watching the Voice and the energy that people in the West Indies and especially Jamaica showing Anita, the Jamaican singer that’s on The Voice," Vegas said in a Facebook video he posted earlier this week. "A lot of us don’t even know a Jamaican singer is on The Voice, cause there is no hype, no buzz."
Chin's journey was followed religiously by Jamaicans to the point when the finals came along, Jamaicans flooded the streets of Half Way Tree similar to the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and celebrated her victory on the NBC show.
Vegas theorizes that a possible reason for the lack of backing for Antoinette in comparison to Chin is that she's based overseas. “Don’t make this be about how ‘she did live a foreign’ or ‘she live a foreign’, it don’t have nothing to do with this,” he insisted. To her credit, Chin has been following Antoinette's progress since the jump, following her on Twitter and offering words of encouragement along the way.
Antoinette returns to the stage next week as she looks to continue her quest for Voice glory during the second stage of the live show round.
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