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'The Voice' Finale: Who is the Singing Competition's First Winner? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 30th 2011 12:13AM
Javier Colon & Dia Frampton, 'The Voice''American Idol' revolutionized the singing competition in America ten years ago, and its first winner, Kelly Clarkson, went on to worldwide success and fame.

This summer, 'The Voice' (Wed., 8PM ET on NBC) has arguably reinvented the concept by putting the focus on ... the voice. Will its winner go on to comparable success?

With top caliber coaches in Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera, the show was more about nurturing tomorrow's superstars than sitting distant and aloof in judgment of them. And after all was said and done it came down to 2 percent.

On this first season finale, Carson Daly announced that the top two contestants in votes were separated by that slimmest of margins. But who would take the title? Dia Frampton, who wowed us each week with her unique takes on contemporary classics? Beverly McClellan, the classic rocker with a vibe all her own? Javier Colón, the smooth crooner with a voice like silk? Or Vicci Martinez, the diminutive powerhouse who's voice is as boundless as her energy?


The finale featured the contestants performing duets with some of their idols, which gave us the unexpected treat of hearing Colón paired with Stevie Nicks on 'Landslide.' Martinez and Train's Patrick Monahan tackled 'Drops of Jupiter,' which sounded great, but the two of them lacked chemistry on stage.

Far less impressive was Dia Frampton and Miranda Lambert tackling 'The House That Built Me.' It just seemed that neither of them sounded great on the song, and they didn't mesh well together.

But even that was better than Beverly McClellan joining One Republic's Ryan Tedder on 'Good Life.' It almost looked like not only did she not know the song, but it didn't seem like it was even her choice. Maybe her true musical hero was unavailable.

But all that was for fun, and what really mattered was finding out who will wear the title of 'The Voice.' Daly narrowed it down to the Top Two, which synched up nicely with the top two slots in the iTunes charts: Dia Frampton and Javier Colón.

But while Frampton was on top of the iTunes chart, it was Colón who pulled off the victory, becoming the first-ever champion of 'The Voice.' We suspect, however, that both he and Frampton will be making records very soon, if not several of the finalists.

Do you think the right person won? Are you excited about Season 2, when the show will run longer and thus be able to stretch things out a bit (and maybe not eliminate half its contestants each week!)?

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This show was great. All of the finalists were so talented. Any of them could have won and hopefully they will all have a great career. The only thing that I would like to see changed next year is to not let the judges see who turns their chair around so that they are not peer pressured into doing what another coach did or waiting for another singer because someone already turned for them. It would be more suspenseful and more honest. But in any event I will be watching. I enjoyed the fact the the judges were coaches, helping rather than criticizing to make them better. can't wait for the tour.

June 30 2011 at 5:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OMG everyone's a music critic now.
Reminds me of all the arm chair quarterbacks that abound when football season is in full force.

June 30 2011 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

this show sucks and should be canceled instead of the shows we all like

June 30 2011 at 2:44 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Bert A. Coffman

There should be a distribution of amounts based upon the voting. Since each one has its unigue sound, what's popular does not always identify the so-called best. They are all winners!!

June 30 2011 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Vicci should definitely have been the winner!!!

June 30 2011 at 2:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Replace Carson Daly with someone who doesn't put you to sleep.
Get rid of Christina Aguilera. She's disgusting, looks and talks like a dirty hooker, and is an airhead.
Get rid of the "trending" girl and that whole bit altogether.
Don't make 2 people on the same team go against each other. Make them go against another team.

Make these changes and the show will be so much better!

June 30 2011 at 2:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

beverly was clearly the best here and should of won...but once again...reality music shows are fixed.....beverly was the winner and im sure she will sell much more than javier....

June 30 2011 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

omg i am so glad he one he rlly deserved it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i luv his voice i would TOTALLY BUY HIS ALBUM

June 30 2011 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i will never get his music i prefer Dia or Beverly

June 30 2011 at 2:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I wanted Vicci to win. but Javier was good too.. LOVE YOU VICCI

June 30 2011 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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