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Who won ‘The Voice’?

Javier Colon, the first winner of "The Voice"! CREDIT: NBC

Javier Colon, the first winner of "The Voice"! CREDIT: NBC

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iTunes did not lie. The top two sellers there were also the top two vote getters.

But the top seller did not win. Javier Colon, in a mild upset, defeated Dia Frampton. The R&B man from Connecticut who struggled for years to break it big in the business now has his biggest opportunity yet. He wins $100,000 and a guaranteed record deal.

“Wow,” Colon said. “I thank you. I don’t know where to begin except to say the three women behind me are absolutely awesome. It was a pleasure to be here and I want to thank everybody at home who believed in me and voted for me. Thank you all. Thank you, my family!”

Carson Daly said the two finalists were separated by just two percentage points. That is impressively close.

I was not a big fan of Colon throughout the competition. I found his vocals, while impressive, lacking distinction and connection. But his original song “Stitch By Stitch” was the most radio friendly last night, which may have helped him with the votes.

142 comments Add your comment

Nutmeg

June 29th, 2011
9:15 pm

Javier is good. I think he and Dia will both be able to make a living in music now. But I’m deeply disappointed just from a gender perspective.

It’s impossible for me to completely divorce these results from Idol. Crystal over Lee… Scotty over Lauren (perhaps the least controversial)… now Javier over the better-selling Dia… Just breaks my heart that a girl can’t catch a break anymore.

For the record, Javier is good. I have purchased his music (although I waited until voting closed, since purchases counted as votes!). But Dia was better.

Tina

June 29th, 2011
9:51 pm

You guys are crazy, there is no comparison between Javier and Dia. She is good but he can sing her under the rug!!!!
They are in two different classes.

dedya

June 29th, 2011
10:13 pm

what in in the world is wrong with people Beverly or Vickie should have won this America idol all over another scam all of these music shows r scams prove me wrong

Taylor

June 29th, 2011
10:17 pm

Javier has been consistant throughout the entire season, and if the judges could have picked a winner during the first audition, he would have won then. His voice is like velvet and his heart is like gold!

Harm

June 29th, 2011
10:25 pm

Granddaughter is on the way! YAY!

Ash

June 29th, 2011
10:31 pm

I like Javier and love his voice but was really pulling for Vicki. I thought she outsang Dia. Oh well!

Neg Haleysox

June 29th, 2011
10:49 pm

I thought Dia would win, so I’m mildly surprised. Still, it just goes to show that singing competitions are a man’s game. BTW, my favorite was the bald chick.

Fran

June 29th, 2011
11:27 pm

I was pulling for vicci. My real concern is Javier and dia both have had recording contracts. Not sure what happen, but you can still purchase dia and her sister Meg’s on iTunes. You can hardly consider them. New talent. Seems unfair for them to compete with some of the more “raw” talent. Just a thought!

lisa

June 29th, 2011
11:56 pm

The singer who sold the most itunes didn’t win- not to mention the way is which Adam manipulated Javier into the finals. I will not be watching anymore because I think it was rigged. Little Dia threw a surprise in thier plans to pick the king before the show even started. It shows now like some record company wanted to lauch his career this way. Sad

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Seth T

June 30th, 2011
12:04 am

he recognition boost from the show will give all of the top 8 a better chance for future work in the business. Javier is a good technical singer with range, and will get a big boost from the win.

But I believe that Dia and/or Vicci will have a much better potential for a long-term music career than Javier. Time will tell, but I doubt that he will be on-par with the future success potential of the top 3 on Idol either.

Sherry

June 30th, 2011
12:10 am

Are you kidding me? I knew the results would be rigged somehow….Dia Frampton – WTH? Javier is good….but Vicci Martinez is and always will be The Voice!!! I’m still shaking my head – what a let-down…so disappointed. VICCI = WINNER

JTesla

June 30th, 2011
1:05 am

Congrats Harm.

Mike

June 30th, 2011
3:01 am

Lots of sour grapes being posted here. Javier was outstanding and had the best voice, as was the point of the show. Vicci and Beverly were exciting but counted more on the performance, which is great for their future careers. Dia was special and barely lost…but will do very well also. No losers tonight…Javier is a very worthy winner. Will be following all four of them.

Jim

June 30th, 2011
3:07 am

If people voted the way they were suppose to, on the original song, then Dia should have won. I would love to smack Javiers caps off his head until the goofball learned how to wear them straight. I’m sorry but he looked like such a dufus with the sideways caps

REALLY

June 30th, 2011
6:47 am

Really Nutmeg? A girl can’t catch a break? Fantasia won IDOL and she was horrible.Talk about throwing a dog a bone!

TraceyK

June 30th, 2011
7:12 am

Fantasia, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks……all females. Hmm. Maybe you just forgot about them?

Deirdre

June 30th, 2011
7:19 am

Morning!

LOL! Just like Idol…you can’t make everybody happy.

Welcome to Harm’s new granddaughter!

becareful

June 30th, 2011
7:27 am

Javier, is very handsome!!! his cap looks nice the way he wears it!!!

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home&home

June 30th, 2011
8:03 am

Javier has a loose Atlanta connection as he was the singer for the Derek Trucks Band (a few members call Atlanta home) in the early 2000’s, mabybe 2000 – 2002. Good singer then and he’s even better now.

Big E

June 30th, 2011
8:11 am

Javier won and all the other singers were good. Their were no losers on this show, because I know they will all get a record deal and they all will have a great future in the industry. The Voice made American Idol look like small potatoes. Looking forward to the next season…

Harriett

June 30th, 2011
8:15 am

Idol bashing hopefully will diminish now. Or at least fade away. I have not enjoyed all the negative comparisons; hence my wish for The Voice to go away. ;)

And, good morning! Congratulations to the winner last night.

carla roqs

June 30th, 2011
8:19 am

WOW! anyway, morning all. Congrats harm, congrats!!! to rickster–re yesterday’s conversation, i looked at a couple of minutes of the tuesday show, just to see what cee lo had on– and oh my gosh, you were so right originally–he looked like a p-i-m-p, as one of the rap stars sings. that silk red robe? blouse? surely not a shirt– was wild. at least he was a little better last night with the silk black pimped out adidas? outfit. anyway—i caught the last ten minutes of the show. saw the final two announced and watched javier win. i always liked him, and he has a family to support and needed a break. i enjoy his voice. dia will def be very well taken care of by blake and possibly cee lo. she has a guaranteed career as well. cheers to javier. talk at you guys later, too much competition, lol.

Joel Edge

June 30th, 2011
8:27 am

“Who won ‘The Voice’?”
Who cares.

Harriett

June 30th, 2011
8:41 am

And, Harm, congratulations on the new grandbaby!

Hank

June 30th, 2011
8:44 am

I really enjoyed all four contestants. They all had their own unique style. I would’ve been glad if either of them won. And in response to the iTunes/voting issue…the winner wasn’t selected solely on iTunes downloads…there was other voting going on, too. By the way…NONE of these people were amateurs…they are already professional singers in need of a little extra push and exposure. Idol, on the other hand, is ALL amateurs. Big difference and, thus, no comparison!

Rickster

June 30th, 2011
8:45 am

Flipped over to “The Voice” last night and saw some male singing with the “rocking lesbian” (K&CF’s term) —— they were HORRIBLE!!

I liked the Asian lady who sang on AGT last night better than any of “The Voice” finalists.

Mark

June 30th, 2011
8:47 am

Javiar & Dia were the top sellers on itunes and have been all season…no surprise they were top two. I personally liked Dia better and thought she deserved to win. All of the final four were great singers with different styles…loved the show!

why

June 30th, 2011
8:47 am

why is this posted under an american idol blog????

Woodpappy

June 30th, 2011
8:51 am

Hey Rickster, thanks for the info on “Pink”. Didn’t know that but it explains things now.

Deirdre

June 30th, 2011
9:05 am

@why…because American Idol isn’t on right now so the blogmaster writes about other talent competition shows.

Thanks Hank, I agree that it is a waste of time to compare Idol to the Voice when they draw contestants from different skill levels. How many times have people complained bitterly when Idol has a contestant who had a contract with somebody a long time before? How dare Idol use someone with experience.

The Voice contestants(at least this season) were all hand picked by the producers from a large group of professional(yet unknown) singers.

Big difference to me.

slamothecow

June 30th, 2011
9:21 am

Adam was so smart through out the competition. Javier had a really good coach. Singing a Michael Jackson song for the Finale, I knew that would seal him the win.

Lee

June 30th, 2011
9:33 am

What a waste of time America got it so fing wrong-Beverly was the true voice-PERIOD!

Pitchy ™

June 30th, 2011
9:46 am

Good morning. I’ve missed chatting with you guys.

YIPPEE, I am glad Javier won, since my pick was out. I wanted him or Vicci to win. I like her style, she’s a firecracker.

WTH was Beverly wearing. I can’t get a man, but she got a woman to like her. Sure, I know it’s not about the clothes, but dang, we are visual creatures and there’s not visual there. Oh, and she needs to burn those boots. Ok, my rant is over!

Sam-A

June 30th, 2011
9:49 am

Didn’t watch “Voice” but twice. Carla, I must take offense at your remark “he has a family to support…..”; People tend to forget that 1) single women have to support themselves without benefit of a spouse’s income, 2) men in general make much higher salaries than women in the real world, and 3) people choose to have children (at least they have the right of choice!), so should be well prepared to care for them before that choice is made. All is well – not angry with you, girl, but I just get tired of the “poor him he has kids to support” when everyone has their own stuff to deal with.

Neg Haleysox

June 30th, 2011
9:51 am

Here are the changes this show must make before next season begins.

1. Axe the “Media Center”. It’s a complete waste of time and airspace
2. Axe Carson Daly. The guy has no energy or no personality. Catatonic comes to mind.
3. Scale back the praise fest. We get it, the plan was to pump up the contestants, but the endless love was becoming nauseating.
4. No more “duet” contestants. This is about finding The Voice, not The Harmony.
5. No more sing-offs. Let the contestants stand alone and perform.

Harm

June 30th, 2011
9:56 am

June made her entrance into the world early this morning around 1:30! She cut it close, June could’ve been born in July! Today is also Asa’s 2 and a half birthday!( 12-30-08). So far she has black hair, I hope she keeps it!

Harm

June 30th, 2011
10:02 am

I will remain missing a bit longer, I have birthdays to go celebrate.
Woodpappy, we got the deer antler pen, good job!

Pitchy ™

June 30th, 2011
10:03 am

Congratulations, Harm! Another beautiful girl to grace Earth!

Liz

June 30th, 2011
10:11 am

Long term, and big money, Vicci Martinez will have it over the others. Yes, performance matters.

Mercedes S.

June 30th, 2011
10:12 am

Carla – “He has a family to support” – that is the excuse mgmt over at Walmart uses in order NOT to promote women and NOT to give them equal pay with male co-workers.

I never said “I won’t watch Idol anymore” after “my” Idol lost because I knew I couldn’t keep that promise. But I will never watch “The Voice” again. The winner annointed sounded like a dozen of that ilk already in the business; all three women on the show were unique. I thought the bland and borong Javier was added for gender reasons… then he wins!

For posters looking for Idol news – it’s Fantasia’s birthday! 27!

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

June 30th, 2011
10:13 am

HI y’all!

Harm, congrats! Welcome little June!

As far as The Voice, I get what Nutmeg is saying. The final 4 had 3 women…yet the guy wins. All the contestants were very talented and very different. Javier probably had the better story…married father of 2. I liked Dia and Vicci better than Javier, but he seems like a really nice guy. So good for him!

Sam-A, brava! I completely agree with you on that.

Mercedes S.

June 30th, 2011
10:14 am

Congratulations harm! June is a beautiful name, but so is Julie/Julia!

work at home wife

June 30th, 2011
10:14 am

WHAT HAPPENED TO FRENCHI?????

Nutmeg

June 30th, 2011
10:19 am

For the record, I have never, ever complained about an Idol contestant with prior experience. I’ve been terribly consistent on this score.

So that said, I recognize that the Idol myth of finding someone from relative obscurity isn’t the same as elevating someone working hard but who hasn’t achieved fame. It just so happens that I *way* prefer the latter. I love the idea that people who have paid their dues are being rewarded for it.

Whatnottosing.com has quantified the gender gap on Idol (seriously, statistically based on critical response) and it’s somewhere around 3 percent per week, cumulative. Fascinating read if you head over there and dig for it.

This is pretty simple.

Dia outsold Javier. More people bought her songs.

However, Javier had more votes.

This means one thing: Javier’s fans voted more times than Dia’s fans. Who is that likely to be?

People with time on their hands and people who preferred Javier.

Teenage girls. Who would have thought that teenage girls would have an impact on a reality voting competition?

To those who quote Kelly/Fantasia/Carrie/Jordin… the more heavily that individual people are allowed to vote, the more than teenage girls can sway the vote. It’s no coincidence that Idol voting rules changed and a female hasn’t won since.

The Voice allowed quite a few votes per person. Javier’s fans took advantage.

Now, you can say that’s fair, but you can’t say that’s not true. I suppose I like true democracy a little more–one person, one vote.

Deirdre

June 30th, 2011
10:20 am

Frenchie was eliminated last week.

carla roqs

June 30th, 2011
10:21 am

sam-a, i knew someone was gonna hit me for it, it’s all good. deirdre? why…do you have more patience than i do? you are a good one, i would not have answered that, grin. pitchy, quick question– and forgive me, with the name i thought you were a guy, oops? i was wrong, hunh? but yeah, i had to do a double take on her,too, for the 1/2 second i saw her, no make up and the mansuit, okaaaaaaaaaay. i love the name june for a baby born in june, and most def she came in under the wire, too cute.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

June 30th, 2011
10:23 am

Mercedes, I missed your point and I agree with you. Javier is a good singer, but he’s not bringing something different to the table for me. But he won.

Deirdre

June 30th, 2011
10:27 am

Wasn’t referring to you, Nutmeg. A lot of people have spent much time comparing The Voice to Idol. IMO, they are both singing contests and that’s the ONLY way to compare them. Personal preference is just that. A list of why someone prefers one show over another is acceptable, even encouraged.

My objection was general, not specific. I think comparing the 2 shows is fruitless.

carla roqs

June 30th, 2011
10:31 am

nutmeg, it seems to me…that teenaged girls would vote for the teen-aged girl. javier is not a sex symbol to me, he cant be to a teen-aged girl, can he? also, you have a lot of people on vacation, a lot of people who are retired and he has some experience, he apparently had a fan base. maybe his people chose voting over buying. i am not into buying i-tunes. if his fan base is my age, that may explain it. i do not know, i just am not willing to accept that teen-aged girls pushed his win.

JTesla

June 30th, 2011
10:32 am

The only time we can really compare Idol and The Voice is when they are on the same time slot. Instead it is Idol vs Dancing with the Stars and The Voice vs whatever show is on in the summer. I imagine that The Voice takes a hit due to its late spring/summer slot, but it shouldn’t be faulted for that. Ratings are king, talent, judges, and boring hosts do not matter.

Gotta go, I have a family that needs to support me.

Deirdre

June 30th, 2011
10:35 am

Deirdre

June 30th, 2011
10:38 am

If I had voted, I would have voted for Vicci or Dia. Didn’t like Beverly or Javier. Javier put so many danged runs into his songs that you could barely hear the tune. A lot of people like that…I’m not one of them. Beverly was fine, just not my style…she always struck me as trying way too hard…but that’s just me again, I can see where people would like her.

Woodpappy

June 30th, 2011
10:42 am

Thanks harm, I appreciate you thinking of me. Congratulations on June’s arrival !

carrie

June 30th, 2011
10:42 am

Sam-A mentioned that people choose to have children. Well, I also say that single women choose to have children. I don’t understand why single mothers should have more sympathy. I think that they should not be given any because it is irresponsible to get pregnant when you know you don’t have a husband.

And what is all the talk about guys winning over girls? Come on, wisen up! This is not a gender competition. If the guy is better, then the guy should win. Simple as that.

Nana ™

June 30th, 2011
10:44 am

Good Morning or what is left of it………….

Congrats to Harm and family on the arrival of baby girl June. A gift sent straight down from heaven!!!!!!

Started babysitting two of my great grandchidren this week (ages 1 & 5), so my time is not my own right now. I will be here when I have a few minutes.

I wished that Dia had won The Voice last night, but am totally glad that Beverly didn’t. She creeps me out.

I’m with Harriett on waiting for AGT to land in Vegas next week and the real competition begains. Also agree with Rickster that the Asian lady was really good. her operatic was amazing, even if she was a little silly. And am also enjoying watching SYTYCD.

Deirdre

June 30th, 2011
10:49 am

carrie…for one thing, The Voice producer has been making sly comments about how much better they run things than Idol. For example, The Voice has been very vocal(supposedly privately) about how proud they are that they had 3 women in the finals. This is because Idol hasn’t had a female winner in the last 4 years.

1. The Voice had 3 females in the final because the judges were instrumental in picking them.

2. When left to public voting(which only happened Tuesday night) the voters went for the guy…just like on Idol.(ok, I made another comparison) suggesting that a much larger female audience votes than male audience.

swamprapper

June 30th, 2011
11:00 am

Javier’s voice is pretty, but his voice and performances are booooooring. couldn’t stay in my seat long enough to hear him all the way through any of his performances. He’ll be singing elevator music. The girls had me riveted and Beverly got me moving. She should have won. I didn’t like the way you could always hear Dia’s inhale. It was cool at first, but she did it all the time and it was too much. Vicci is awesome, but she’s young. She needs to develop more character in her voice (to match her personality)

Dia vs Javier

June 30th, 2011
11:01 am

Justin Beiber tweeted that people should vote for Javier (he and Adam are friends). He got the teenybopper vote.
I’ve like Dia for a while. She is in a band with her sister (Meg and Dia) that had a major contract (with Warner Bros I think) and toured the world. Sure, they got dropped from their label, but she’ll do ok.
I personally wanted Vicci to win, but I think she’ll do ok too.

Allen

June 30th, 2011
11:01 am

I am glad that he won. I never really liked the sound of Dia’s voice.
For those that are arguing about Dia out selling Javier on iTunes, you are forgetting that a lot of the people that watch these shows a) don’t have the money to impulse buy tracks or b) won’t purchase things online. so will only phone in the votes being that is free and also won’t “steal and or sell your information”

not surprised. and quite pleased.
Stitch by Stitch was a great song

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

June 30th, 2011
11:06 am

Nutmeg, I’m totally with you. Girls/women have a disadvantage competing in these shows. I naively thought The Voice would result in a female winner (Vicci or Dia)… The reason I liked them both is because I found them different and entertaining. But instead, another harmless sweet guy with a guitar wins a singing competition. YAY!

Maria

June 30th, 2011
11:08 am

Javier was clearly the best voice! Anyone who thinks it should have been Dia is absolutely insane. the three others outsang her by miles, especially Javier. Javier has a beautiful voice that will make him accel well in his career, but Vicci, Beverly, and Dia will all do well in their music careers. Javier, well deserved win!

swamprapper

June 30th, 2011
11:23 am

didn’t know about the Beiber thing. Well there you have it. That explains everything because honestly I would have put Javier in last place.

He has a big heart, but no "It" factor...

June 30th, 2011
11:23 am

Javier seems like a nice guy, but his music is nothing special. Dia is very intimidated on stage, but she had the most unique voice that could do wonders in a studio and on the airwaves.

Trust me, you are not going to be able to distinguish Javier’s voice on ANY radio station. Zzzzzzzz…

swamprapper

June 30th, 2011
11:27 am

I agree. Big sleeper. The world doesn’t need another Seal.

Nana ™

June 30th, 2011
11:27 am

Maria, I wished that Dia had won, and that my dear, does not make me insane!!! I am just as sane as you are, maybe even saner since i don’t belittle people their opinions.

Sam-A

June 30th, 2011
11:38 am

Carrie: I didn’t say “single mothers”, I said single women. and with choice still available to all, as well as birth control, I don’t understand single mothers either. But, that’s my belief, and it appears many don’t agree. The only “single mothers” that make sense to me are older women who have given up on finding “the” man, and have the stability and finances to be able to have a child on their own. And, of course, divorced mothers.

Mercedes S.

June 30th, 2011
11:39 am

According to Maria.,most people on this blog are insane!!

ashley

June 30th, 2011
11:40 am

Agree that Carson Daly has to go! He didn’t build up any drama before announcing the winner and he is so “dry witted” during the show. Also, the camera work was not good at the beginning when the finalists came out. Lot of changes due for next time. Also, I believe if Adam had picked Jeff Jenkins instead of the girl, Jeff would have beaten out Javiar easily. They should also let America vote on the top 8 instead of letting the judges pick one.

AC

June 30th, 2011
12:02 pm

I do believe that Javier has better vocal abilities but I think Dia should have won. Only because Javier has had a record deal and album come out in the past, and I am sure Dia has not had that opportunity as of yet in her career.

Fedgirl

June 30th, 2011
12:08 pm

The right person won last night. I will not criticize the other singers as many of you have. His voice was obviously great seeing that all the judges/professional singers wanted him in the beginning (all three turned around for him)!!!!

Pitchy ™

June 30th, 2011
12:09 pm

I think Javier was struggling to support his family and really needed to win. You can see the pride in his voice when he spoke about his family. By that I mean the hardship in not being able to support his family the way he wanted to…well, that’s what I got.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

June 30th, 2011
12:15 pm

Actually, Dia (and her sister) did have a record deal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg_%26_Dia

Analyst

June 30th, 2011
12:21 pm

The show was rigged, Adam manipulated Javier into the finals and Justin Bieber tweeted to 10 million people (probably 1/4th are religious teenage girls) to vote for him; besides we all know that Javier is what the younger generation listens to nowadays, though I would’ve liked listening to Dia on the radio. Now we have another Ne-yo, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Usher…he really isn’t anything new, he’s the singer, not the voice; the singer to bring money.

He only won by 2% however; Dia’s song is still #1 on iTunes, Javier’s is #2, who’s the real winner?

No contest

June 30th, 2011
12:23 pm

The fact that Dia was within 2 percent of Javier speaks to most Americans’ inability to decipher a good voice from a poor one — well either that, or they vote based on looks alone. While Dia has the cute thing going for her, she was breathy and flat throughout the competition. She also has no range and is a poor man’s Vanessa Carlton. … Javier, on the other hand, was light years ahead of the other contestants with his vocal skills.

I think Vicci is a good performer, but just kind of OK on vocals. I wouldn’t pay to see her perform. … Beverly sounded great when I closed my eyes. But when I opened them and watched her, I felt like I was watching someone be exorcised. She scared me.

Glad the best voice ended up winning, since that was the point of the program. Looking forward to future seasons as this show left AI in the dust when it came to talent.

15 minutes and counting...

June 30th, 2011
12:24 pm

Great voices do *not* a music career make. There are plenty of singers with great voices. It takes a total package, my dear.

Anyways, Javier does not have a great voice, nor does he have stage presence. America wants him, though. Time will tell.

Sometimes, time tells in just 15 minutes.

Harriett

June 30th, 2011
12:27 pm

I was under the impression the original songs were by the artist themselves, but the video above showed it to be otherwise. My mistake. I am even more underwhelmed now.

KCF, do you think that their openly embracing their sexual preference hurt the two women? I thought Beverly might have done better had she not butched it up so much. I forget who it was last week that said her outfit made her look like Uncle Fester, and while that remark made me laugh out loud, it was really true. I thought she had a really good voice, but think image hurt her a lot.

Bee Williams

June 30th, 2011
12:57 pm

Dang! I wanted Vikki Martinez to win!

Mercedes S.

June 30th, 2011
1:29 pm

Harriett, I kept imagining a wig on Auntie Fester.

G

June 30th, 2011
1:54 pm

FINALLY……One of my favorites win a singing competition. I actually liked all of them, but Javier and Bev were my favs.

A lot of folks are talking about longevity of the Javier. Does he have that staying power? That could be said about any winner. Who knows if Scotty will have longevity? That holds true for any artist, and at this point no one really knows. There’s no set formula and a lot of that kind of talk is purely speculative, and based on emotion.

Congrats to Javier! Great season from The Voice! I’m looking forward to next season.

Harriett

June 30th, 2011
2:06 pm

Mercedes, spiky hair or something–something up there to humanize her a bit and neutralize the Dracula look.

JD

June 30th, 2011
2:19 pm

Dia Frampton will have the best career or the four. Her vocal stylings were the most unique, as were her covers, especially “Heartless.” Even the other judges praised her on that. Her “Inventing Shadows” was the most radio-ready of the finalist songs and deserves airplay. Her domination on iTunes is no accident. I hope she records a CD quickly!

kevin

June 30th, 2011
2:22 pm

With possible exception of Beverly, all of them are talented in the same very boring, uncreative way as their coaches. I think it’s funny to call these people artists when even their original songs were written by someone other than themselves. At best the are a instrument, nothing more.

kevin

June 30th, 2011
2:23 pm

that should have read, ” At best they are an instrument, nothing more.”

Javier

June 30th, 2011
2:33 pm

I’m just glad the bald gal didn’t win. If she did it would be a set-up to push the GL agenda in people’s faces once again.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

June 30th, 2011
2:54 pm

Harriett, I would love to say that it didn’t but I’m sure it played into it. Maybe not so much with Vicci, but definitely Beverly. But I think that she has actually embraced that aspect of “lesbian culture” as her own…it’s what, for better or worse, made her stand out in the crowd. To be perfectly honest, I was quite surprised that she outlasted everyone on Team Christina. I saw her audition and get picked, but I figured that based on her look, she would be one of the first ones to leave. She did better than 28 others. Pretty impressive.

Harriett

June 30th, 2011
2:59 pm

Yes, she was impressive. I just hated that she rode that horse, so to speak, to her detriment in the contest. Once she won, she could’ve dressed any way she wanted. I just believed all along her look was going to get her, although I found her quite talented. Someone earlier said the song she sang in duet last night was terrible, but I thought it was the best, and the most difficult to sing of all of them. I hope she can find success, but that look–hated it.

And, to Javier up there with his nose in the air, we embrace differences on this blog, buddy. But, you opinions are welcome. Civility, though, ok?

Marie

June 30th, 2011
3:27 pm

Dia was great but the fact that she has been involved professionally with music totally upset me I thought she was a nobody like Javier. When I found out she has been recorded and toured made me vote for Javier

Deirdre

June 30th, 2011
3:36 pm

Um, Marie…Javier has recorded as well. All the finalists were on a professional level before joining the competition. Isn’t it a shame that you voted for the wrong reason?

Seth T

June 30th, 2011
3:38 pm

As time goes by, it will be intersesting to see how the carrer path of the top 8 progress. Among the group that I have watched most of the shows with, there has not been a lot of interest in purchasing an album by Javier, although all think he is a good singer and impressed as a nice, altogether person and experienced singer.

A dedicated fan base can wreak havok on these voting systems, even when it is supposedly limited to 10 votes through 3 different methods, or 30 votes total. With 2 or 3 different cell phones among friends and family, you can move it up to 50 or 60 votes, if their screening system is valid.

Some people in the group voted 5 or 10X by phone. Others voted both by phone and computer. 2 girls just downloaded an I Tune and left it there. No one was dedicated enough for a contestant to use all 3 methods, borrow their brothers phone and peel-out 10 more. Just went on to other things and other interests.

However, there are those that won’t quit until every option is exhausted – if they feel “vested” in their connection to a contestant. Even in the insane voting methods of Idol, voters could load hundreds of votes into a 2 hour span with computer dialers, etc.

As some have said on this blog, more girls/women vote than guys, and vote more often.

Sam-A

June 30th, 2011
3:43 pm

As I stated earlier, saw only 2 shows, and bits and pieces of others (flipping during commercials), but while I think Bev has a really good voice, actually much better than Christina’s, it was both her looks and the way she stomped/jumped/head-hammered during her songs that really put me off. She looked like an old west character looking for someone to shoot! Just didn’t dig it at all. But that gal can really sing.

Harriett

June 30th, 2011
3:53 pm

I hope everyone has a good evening. I have to go into a meeting before the day is over. Have fun.

Nutmeg

June 30th, 2011
4:30 pm

All four Voice finalists were *very* strong. I do like Javier, although he doesn’t have that distinctiveness that I hear in Dia. (I also really liked Xenia!). I just think that the fact that Dia dominates on iTunes says that she had *more* fans… and Javier had more votes, meaning he either has fans who won’t buy his music or fewer but very fervent fans! I think it’s the latter.

But Javier is good. After voting was over, I bought Stitch by Stitch. And Lovesick. And Afraid to Sleep. And I’ve been listening to Inventing Shadows today several times. Personally, I’d have ranked the last four Dia –> Beverly –> Javier –> Vicci. But I even bought Vicci’s single. That, to me, is a superstrong final four.

Dia is a delightful songwriter (big Meg & Dia fan, although I hadn’t known about them before The Voice).

Oh, and @Carla… Must say this. :) How would you like it if you were up for a promotion at work against a guy (or if you don’t work outside the home, if your *daughter* were up for a promotion at work against a guy) and she was passed over for that promotion… and when she asked why the other guy got it instead, she was told “Hey, he has a family to support.”

I prefer the world to work on merit rather than trying to play the no-win game of figuring out who needs it more.

Deirdre

June 30th, 2011
5:27 pm

All 4 The Voice judges, excuse me, coaches, have signed on for next season.

And here we sit in Idol-Land waiting for JLo to realize that her singing/acting/dancing career is still in the toilet and Idol is all she’s got!

Rickster

June 30th, 2011
5:28 pm

Hope everyone has a great evening! I’m outta here!

Mark

June 30th, 2011
9:35 pm

@marie Javier was a former singer with the Derek Trucks Band. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Derek_Trucks_Band

Seth T

June 30th, 2011
10:43 pm

It’s a misconception that all of the Idol contestants are fresh out of shower and doing their first gig on Idol. Check-out Adam Lambert’s resume pre-Idol.

Carly Smithson had been signed and released an album pre-idol, which I heard, sold less than 3,000 copies. The label went under so she had no valid contract – therefore, she was then eligible for Idol.

Lee DeWyze had an album on CDBaby before Idol, You can still buy it if you want. Allison Iraheta had won a major singing contest for 15 year-olds before Idol. Crystal had been doing clubs, etc., before Idol Several were in working bands before Idol, including Haley and Durbin. . The list goes on. Idol contestants are not all Babes-in-the-Woods in every case.

They said early-on in The Voice that many of their contestants were hoping for a 2nd chance. That conversation was brought-up with Javier at least 3 times on the show. He has been recorded and been around, as some people know, long before the show.

The thing the show producers watch-out for, is someone who is currently signed by a label or other music contract. In that case, it could end-up as a battle for the rights of the profits from the artist.

When you here that someone just got “disqualified” in the early rounds of a competition, it’s sometimes because they are still legally entwined in another contact.

Thus you seen a young guy get pulled from going to Hollywood on Idol this last episode, because he was under contract with a Boy Band. If he had just been a lead singer without the written contract, he would have sailed through without a problem,

Xenia and Casey Weston were the raw talent on the Voice

Mario

June 30th, 2011
11:01 pm

Dia was great, but Javier was clearly a better singer and all-around artist. Dia was actually somewhat “pitchy.” He is a consummate musician and songwriter. During the “original song” competition, had he chosen his own material, he would have done much better. Dia was awesome, but as a musician and founder of a performing arts center in the NYC metro area, Javier was the clear winner hands down. Dia was my second favorite.

JoeBloe16

June 30th, 2011
11:53 pm

My take on the final four:

- Beverly-
She probably has the most soul in her voice and is very smooth. She was very comfortable on stage and embraced being able to perform. However, there were at times when her look and her movements don’t really match the song. When you’re performing, your image plays into being able to make the audience believe in what your singing. There’s no doubt she has a powerful voice and is very easy to listen to. She lacks in her ability to sell the song the right way. She works on that and she’ll have a pretty good career because her voice is already there.

- Vicci -
I like Vicci. She was the underdog. When I first saw her audition, I was like “Bleh.” But then she grew on me with the coming weeks. She does have a nice raspiness to her voice but to me it lack quality. She’s actually the opposite of Beverly. Where she lacks in her voice, she makes up in her performance. Every single performance was believable and she knows how to tell the complete story. I do see her having limited range however she will still know how to put on a show.

-Dia-
Many people are pawning her off as a fake and isn’t really shy. However, there are many great “YouTubers” that go on shows like the Voice and American Idol that can’t stand being put on the spot like that. It’s one thing to note that Dia is most comfortable when she was (1)with her piano and not having to face the crowd and (2) when she was in the group performance or in the Blake duet. She does have breathing issues that she needs to work on, but most singers will have that problem early on in their careers. She has a very nice quality to her voice and it has character. It’s not as unique and Xenia’s, but not many are. She has great musicality to her overall approach and she knows how to make her song her own. Simply put, she’s just not your average karaoke singer. It’s no fluke that she’s #1 on iTunes sales. Yes the voters may have picked Javier but it’s the people that buy concert tickets and album sales that keep your career going. Dia will have a very long career.

-Javier-
Awesome voice, the best range of the bunch, and a very likable person. It’s hard to hate a humble person who’s struggling to support his family. However, I think Javier’s downfall is that he doesn’t bring anything unique to his performances nor his song. There are a plethora of people in his genre that offer more than just the voice like Ne-Yo and Chris Brown. His rendition of Time After Time was really good. His performance quality is just so so. Although, he does have the cleanest, most refined voice of the bunch. It will be interesting but he doesn’t really offer anything new to the plate at this point in my honest opinion.

I’m a fan of all four, although Beverly does freak me a bit with her deranged head movements. I want to see all four succeed. The top four of The Voice >> the top four of American Idol.