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Published on June 30th, 2011 | by Melody Simpson


‘The Voice’ Episode 1.12 Review: The Winner

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The finale results show for The Voice gave viewers across the nation one electrifying hour of entertainment.

Finalist, Vicci Martinez shared the stage with Train front man, Pat Monahan to sing “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me).” Compared to Martinez’s final performance earlier this week and all of her other performances this season, this was unfortunately mediocre. Though, Train will be going on tour with Levine and the rest of Maroon 5 this summer, so it made sense that Train would have some sort of presence on the show this season. Finalist, Javier Colon paired up with Stevie Nicks (does anybody else think this was the oddest pair?) to perform “Landslide.” A legend she may be but Colon was the star of this performance. Ryan Tedder, the lead singer of OneRepublic joined the stage with Beverly McClellan to perform “Good Life” which would have sounded wonderful and been the best performance of the night had Mclellan not gone on a sing scream throughout the entire song. She has absolutely no control of the song. It was all over the place and very disappointing. But she had fun… and it was great to see her enjoy this moment since she did not win the competition. Saving the best for last, Blake Shelton’s wife and country star Miranda Lambert performed “The House That Built Me” with finalist, Dia Frampton. This is definitely one of Lambert’s most beautiful pieces, so to bring it to The Voice was a treat beyond words. For the viewers unfamiliar with this song, you are truly missing out on some of the most fantastic songwriting, that is for sure.

Aside from the performances, a portion of the broadcast was dedicated to showing the finalists appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. If this show is geared towards the younger audience (at least for marketing purposes), why did NBC choose to showcase The Voice artists on Jay Leno’s late night show instead of Jimmy Fallon’s late night show? Other than seniority, it’s quite confusing as to why this decision was made… because who still watches Leno? Viewers did not spend an awful lot of time with V-Correspondent, Alison Haislip. Perhaps The Voice camp will plan out a way to integrate her more into the show for season two while the show is on hiatus because her gig is a very intriguing one! Although it would be even more fascinating if The Voice camp took it a bit further and let Haislip interview each of the coaches over the summer all about music. Wouldn’t it be nice to just sit down and talk about music?

So getting to the most important moment of the night… host, Carson Daly revealed that the top two artists, Dia Frampton (Team Blake) and Javier Colon (Team Adam) were within two percent of each other. In the end, Colon was announced as the winner of The Voice Season One! Colon earned himself $100,00 and a recording contract with Universal Republic. This win was easily predicted all the way from the blind auditions, as Colon was noticeably a fan favorite amongst all of the judges and the majority of the viewers from the very beginning. Throughout the competition, he revealed himself to be not only a talented singer but a talented musician. After trying to make a name for himself in the music industry for so many years, it was a beautiful sight to see Colon win this competition. Colon was able to say a few words after his win to share his gratitude and initial reaction which was so emotionally raw and pure and just so heartwarming to watch. The best part about the reveal of the winner, is that it only took one, one hour broadcast to do it and no beating around the bush to tease its viewers about which artist was number one. Of course, if you follow the sales of the artists on iTunes, you could have easily predicted the winner, but what’s the fun in that? The anticipation was short and sweet and just the way a finale results show should be. The Voice provided for the most entertaining music competition series this season and an incredibly satisfying end, so next season cannot come soon enough!

Note: Sitting in the audience were former artists from The Voice and The Biggest Loser host, Alison Sweeney among others.

*Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/NBC

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