Idol Headlines for 12/31/13

Happy New Years Eve! Stay safe tonight, on this last night of 2013.

Shaggy tells how he mobilised the Tessanne votes – On December 17 when host Carson Daly announced Tessanne Chin as the winner of the NBC talent contest The Voice, Jamaicans here and in the diaspora jubilantly celebrated her victory. But even while many acknowledged that Chin is a phenomenally talented singer, it took a massive mobilisation campaign, led by Orville ‘Shaggy’ Burrell, to get people to vote for her. – Read more at Jamaica Observer

The Voice’s Matthew Schuler has a ‘very bright future’, says Shaggy – “He came (to Jamaica) last night and did a performance at our home,” Shaggy continued. “It just shows me the type of artiste he is, he missed his flight and took two other flights to come in.” Schuler, who said this is his second visit to the island having come to Jamaica years ago for a wedding, feels privileged to be part of the charity initiative. “I am blessed and honoured,” said Schuler, who added that seeing how Shaggy has used his own achievements to help others has inspired him. “That’s what I want to do,” Schuler said. “I want to help others, especially the children, [because] the children are the future. “So I am blessed to be a part of this.” The charity show set for January 4 will be Tessanne’s first major appearance since she was named The Voice winner, and Schuler will join her along with several other artistes including Shaggy, Tarrus Riley, Konshens, Elephant Man, Chronixx, Wayne Marshall, and Assassin to help raise funds to purchase equipment for the Bustamante Children’s Hospital. – Read more at The Jamaica Observer

Chris Daughtry Reflects on ‘Fruitful’ Year Ahead of ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ Performance – Chris Daughtry’s eponymous band Daughtry has had a solid year, releasing new album “Baptized” last month after an aggressive touring schedule. The band caps off 2013 with an appearance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest” tomorrow night (Dec. 31) at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. “It was a very busy but very fruitful year,” the frontman said. “Got a new album out; toured practically most of the year and did the record at the same time. The fact that we got it done and were able to push it out this year was a huge thing.” – Read more at Billboard

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