Chantel 'Tash' Lamont

Chantel ‘Tash’ Lamont beat out stiff competition to win the 2011 Digicel Rising Stars talent competition.

The talented young singer went up against fierce competition from other contestants such as Latoya Jackson aka Latty J. Up to the last show the two was neck on neck, although Lamont was an audience favourite from early.

Chantel Lamont won the grand prize of JM$1 million, while Latty J take home JM$600,000.

“I feel great. Working this hard to be number one, it’s a wonderful feeling, an excellent feeling. There are no words to express this,” Lamont said after the final show at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.

“I was fretting because I felt like I wouldn’t win. The training was getting hard, rumours were spreading about me, people were saying bad things. I was very nervous,” she added.

See Chantel Lamont perform Telephone below.