'The Voice' crowns singer Javier Colon its first-season champion
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/30/2011
The Voice crowned Javier Colon its first-season champion during Wednesday night's live finale broadcast of the NBC reality singing competition.
Javier, a pop and soul singer from Stratford, CT, won based on home viewer votes cast immediately following Tuesday night's performance show, which featured the four remaining finalists performing an original song and an additional duet with his or her own musician coach.
"Wow! Thank you. I don't even know where to begin other than to say that the three women behind me are absolutely awesome, and it was a pleasure to be here with them," a teary-eyed Javier told The Voice host Carson Daly after his victory was announced.
"I want to thank everybody at home who believed in me and voted for me. Thank you all. I thank my family. Thank you, thank you!"
In addition to claiming the title of "The Voice," Javier walked away with $100,000 and a recording contract with Universal Music Group.
Dia Frampton, an indie singer from St. George, UT, finished as the runner-up.
Although Carson did not disclose the exact results of the home viewer votes, he did reveal Javier edged Dia to victory by only a two-percent margin.
Javier also beat out Beverly McClellan, a pop singer from Gate City, VA, and Vicci Martinez, a soul and blues singer from Seattle, WA.
Beverly and Vicci finished third and fourth, however their exact finish order was not announced.
The Voice had featured each of The Voice's four celebrity coaches selecting a team of contestants and mentoring them until only a single contestant remained on each team, after which the four remaining singers competed head-to-head in the finale.
Javier was mentored by Adam Levine, Blake Shelton worked with Dia, Christina Aguilera took Beverly under her wing, and Vicci was paired up with Cee Lo Green.
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