Hey guys. Last night was the final results show for “The Voice.” And in case you haven’t already heard by now, Javier Colon won. Well-deserved, my friend – and congrats!
Of course, they made us wait an entire hour before telling us that, but they managed to fill that hour by following the emotional journeys of each finalist. The fact of the matter was, anyone could have won the show, and there was such a lack of competition that even the other contestants didn’t seem to mind when Javier’s name was called.
Who needs a million dollar recording contract when you have good friends?
Even the coaches dropped their competitive ribbing and played nice. And in an appropriate-fitting dress and basic hair-do, Christina classed it up for once. This is the first time I can’t get her on her outfit – because she looked good. Too bad she finally figured that out during the last show.
While the show mainly consisted of a lot of talk, the producers knew that would bore us to death. So they did give us some performances by the finalists: duets with famous singers other than the judges. Way to spice it up, people! Here’s the highlights:
• Vicci Martinez sang “Drops of Jupiter with Pat Monahan from Train. (Who just happens to be touring with Maroon 5 this summer. Coincidence? I think not!)
• Javier Colon and Stevie Nicks sang the song she’s probably most famous for, “Landslide.” (It actually was pretty cool.)
• Beverly McClellan sang some song I’ve never heard of with One Republic’s Ryan Tedder.
• Dia Frampton sang “House that Built Me” with Miranda Lambert (wonder how they got her?), which is ironic because Blake slammed anyone who tried to sing one of Miranda’s songs during the blind auditions.
In an effort to create some suspense, Carson announced the top two finalists in no particular order: Dia and Javier. At that point, Bev and Vicci were banished from the stage without any swan song, but “The Voice” has never been one for long goodbyes.
We also learned it was an incredibly close race, with the top two contestants coming within two percent of each other. Now I feel guilty for not voting. And Javier hit #2 on iTunes, while Dia hit #1 on iTunes. I’m not sure how many times Carson made the disclaimer that the iTunes rankings had nothing to do with the final results, but it didn’t matter. There was so little tension in the room that I almost fell asleep.
Finally, Javier’s name was announced as “The Voice.” But you already knew that. With the exception of some pyrotechnics and confetti, it was pretty uneventful. But Javier did get choked up, and it was kind of sad that his family wasn’t there to run up on stage and congratulate him.
Regardless, Javier is a hard-working musician who, after years of having doors slammed in his face, truly deserves the win. I hope his 15 minutes of fame extends into a lifetime, just like Ruben Studdard Taylor Hicks Carrie Underwood. Good luck, Javier – we’ll be watching!