‘The Voice’ Names Its First Winner

Javier Colon.  (NBC)

Javier Colon. (NBC)

As expected, the competition among finalists on “The Voice” was tough, as nearly all of the final four contestants were already seasoned pros.

Each of the final four – Dia Frampton, Beverly McClellan, Javier Colon, and Vicci Martinez – have major label record deals, released independent albums, and/or spent considerable time touring prior to getting a new chance at stardom on the NBC show.

Each of the final four can sing, perform, and work the crowd.

And each of the final four kicked serious butt on Tuesday’s performance show.

And the winner is…watch it again.
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So which one of the four did just a bit better than the rest to take home the title of “The Voice,” along with the $100,000 prize and recording contract with Universal Republic?

America has voted and the winner is…

***Spoiler Alert***

“The voting was extremely close. it was so close in fact that the top two were within only two percent of each other,” said host Carson Daly. The two artists with the most votes were Dia Frampton, to which Beverly yelled, “I told ya baby!” and…wait for it… Javier Colon.

And the winner is… Javier Colon, whose song was No. 2 on iTunes last night (Dia’s was No. 1).

“Wow, um, thank you. I don’t even know where to begin other than to say the three women being here are awesome,” said Javier. “I want to thank everybody at home who believed in me and voted for me. Thank you all, and my family. Yeah. Woo! Ahh!”

The four finalists reflect on favorite moments.
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Other notable moments of the finale included:

*Vicci Martinez and Train lead singer Pat Monahan’s duet of Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” was a match made in Heaven. ‘Nuff said.

*Javier Colon – the only contestant who got all four coaches to turn their chairs around in the blind auditions, by the way – and Stevie Nicks wasn’t the pairing I expected. But once the pairing was announced, it was the song I expected – “Landslide.” Ugh. I’m sorry, but this is a song Nicks pulls out way too often. Case in point: She performed it on both “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars” most recent seasons. And, she let “Glee” use it this past season as well. What about giving “Leather and Lace” a shot? That said, it was a moving rendition, even bringing Adam Levine to declare, “That’s one of the most beautiful duets I’ve ever heard in my life.”

*Beverly McClellan and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder teaming up on “Good Life” was a bit awkward in look, sound, and feel. Was it me or did Ryan sound out-of-breath? Watch it back and try to argue.

*Miranda Lambert and Dia Frampton’s performance of Mrs. Blake Shelton’s “The House That Built Me” was precious, heartfelt, and chilling. And Dia’s coach Blake gave her the best compliment of the season: “Dia reminds me of my wife Miranda. They are both mold-breakers. There is no one else like them,” he said. True dat.

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