The win is a sweet one for Colon, who had released two unsuccessful albums via Capitol Records in the previous decade before being dropped from the label. He is now the recipient of a $100,000 cash prize for winning The Voice, as well as the newest member of the Universal Republic roster (home of, among others, Colbie Caillat, Owl City, 3 Doors Down and Dev). Dia Frampton was the runner-up, technically, though this show doesn’t really give any awards to the #2 person (that we know of yet).
Watch Javier win The Voice
Throughout tonight’s hour-long results show, viewers were treated to duets between the Top 4 and established recording artists. The rundown: Team Cee Lo Green‘s Vicci Martinez partnered up with Pat Monahan to perform 2001 single “Drops Of Jupiter” by Monahan’s band Train. This was followed by Javier teaming up with spellbinding rock legend Stevie Nicks for a duet of Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham’s classic “Landslide” (easily the best pair-up of the night).
Stevie Nicks & Javier Colon sing “Landslide”
Later came Beverly McClellan and Ryan Tedder’s “Good Life,” i.e. OneRepublic’s current single, and Dia Frampton and Miranda Lambert’s take on “The House That Built Me.” And, yes — Miranda is Blake Shelton‘s wife. And Dia is Blake Shelton’s team member. And Blake said afterward that Dia is “family to me now.” Awwwwwww.
Miranda Lambert & Dia Frampton sing “The House That Built Me”
We can’t say Javier’s win is totally surprising, as we pegged him as a frontrunner back when he auditioned ten weeks ago with a mesmerizing rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s #1 ballad “Time After Time.” (And I personally felt his original song, the Rodney Jerkins-produced “Stitch By Stitch,” was the standout of all four semi-finalists’ jams.)
Alright, enough of our rambling — we’re off to have another round in honor of Javier! Voice your opinion below and let us know if you think voters got it right by crowning him the winner of the very first season of The Voice.