The Voice (old)
RECAP: And the Winner Is....
In a shocking results show, Javier Colon from Team Adam Levine was crowned as the winner of NBCs The Voice. Coming in a close second was Dia Frampton from Blake Shelton's team. The finale included performances by Stevie Nicks, Pat Monahan of Train, Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic, and Blake's wife, Miranda Lambert.
After the show Tuesday night, Javier's original song "Stitch by Stitch" was number 2 on iTunes with Dia taking the number 1 spot with her track "Inventing Shadows." See the moment where the winner was announced:
We conducted our own poll, and the results put Dia as the winner with 44 percent. of the votes and Javier with only 32 percent. Coming in third from our poll was Vicci Martinez from Team Cee Lo Green. Fourth place went to Beverly McClellan from Christina Aguilera's team.
Watch Javier sing his winning original song below:
The Verdict on the Winner:
While we thought that the competition would come down to Vicci and Dia, Javier proved he has what it takes. However, winning the competition is the easy part. As we've seen in past years with American Idol, winning means nothing. Some of the losers have been some of the most successful artists in the industry, including Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry and Kellie Pickler. This is good news for Dia and Vicci. We didn't really get a sense of who Javier was as an individual throughout the season, so he'll need to work hard even harder to make that personal connection.
The Verdict on the Show:
Even with the revamped judging panel on American Idol this year, The Voice brought a new element of competition where the judges were actually up against each other. The selection of judges on The Voice had something for everyone, representing many different genres of mainstream music.
The judges brought personality and most importantly seemed to serve more of a purpose than they do on Idol. While the Idol coaches merely give their opinions, The Voice coaches worked with their respective contestants closely, and the growth in the artists was visible.
Another refreshing aspect of the show was its run time. Where Idol was dragged out months longer, The Voice cut the crap. Maybe because it was a test run, but it was a much more manageable process of selecting a winner in a timely manner.
Now if host Carson Daly would seem a little more interested, the setup of the show would be nearly flawless. Regardless, season 2 should be interesting, as show producers continue to try to differentiate themselves from Idol.
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