THE EDITOR, Sir:
Like all Jamaicans over the past weeks, I have been struck by Tessanne fever. I've never watched 'The Voice' before, and only did so when I was told that Tessanne would be a competitor.
I knew of Tessanne Chin, but never realised that she was such a force to be reckoned with. Watching her perform week after week and then finally coming out on top was the best Christmas gift she could have given the country.
Naturally, the congratulations and accolades are pouring in. Even those who never heard of Tessanne Chin before are now professing to have been her greatest fans even before 'The Voice'. And that's all right - a so wi stay.
While we're on this high, I urge Jamaicans to remember that Tessanne Chin is a human being with feelings like everyone else. This young woman is about to embark on a path that will be very different from what she is used to. She will forever be in the public sight and every aspect of her life will become fodder for the publicity mill.
Being young, fairly inexperienced and, from all indications, a sweet, gentle soul, she will find herself making mistakes like the rest of us. Please remember that this outpouring of love and support is great when she is at the top, but even better when things are not so rosy.
I recall with an aching heart, the horrible things that have been said about Asafa Powell and even about our golden boy, Usain Bolt, when they proved that they're human after all and performed at less than their best.
So, while we're on our Tessanne high, let's remember that she is our darling Tessy and be prepared to stick with her through thick and thin.