Season 1 of The Voice has its finale on June 28th and 29th of 2011. The four remaining contestants – Dia Frampton, Javier Colon, Vicci Martinez and Beverly McClellan – will perform on the 28th, and the finale results will be announced on the 29th.
Word has it that the finalists will sing an original song and a duet with their coach. The public may vote on the winner by phone, Internet or buying the contestants’ singles on iTunes.
Prediction: Dia and Javier have been dominating on the iTunes sales throughout this contest. The thing that is not clear is the phone and Internet voting. There is some reason to think that Javier may be dominating in that area, as he soundly beat Casey Weston – a fairly popular contestant.
Conversely, Dia may have actually lost the popular vote to Xenia. This is speculation, but the fact that she only won with about 56% of the vote despite dominating in iTunes sales suggests that she may not be getting a lot of public votes outside of iTunes. As such, my prediction will not change. I have predicted and still maintain that Javier is The Voice favorite and will most likely win. However, Dia seems to be a close second and has a chance. The other two are dead in the water at this point.
This article will be updated with song choice and other recap information as the The Voice Season 1 finale airs on NBC.
To start out the show, the coaches – Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green – did a great version of Queen’s “Under Pressure.”
The winner gets $100,000 and a recording deal with Universal Republic Records.
Javier is first up with his original song “Stitch by Stitch.” This was a great performance that showed his pure and emotional vocal tone. He also showed some power in the right spots and used the proper amount of runs without going overboard. All in all, this was one of the best performances of the season. It will be hard to beat him now as long as he comes through on the duet with Adam. On the other hand, he had to go first, which is the worst singing order. That throws a possible but unlikely wrench into the results.
Next up are Dia and her coach Blake with “I Won’t Back Down.” They are both wearing black with sunglasses. This is not a particularly great song choice for Dia or anyone else. It is more of a radio hit and song for lyrics than a singer’s song. Nonetheless, it’s a good performance throughout despite having no particular high spots or emotion. Blake outsang Dia on this one.
Vicci Martinez is now up with her original single. The song is “Afraid to Sleep.” She is bringing her A game on this. Vicci seems to just scream at times, but it started out showing some decent softer notes. This is also a great song and sounds like it will be a hit. Vicci kind of messes up the glory note in the middle, but she holds it together. Her vocal tone is really nice, and these contestants are killing the recent Idol finalists with these originals. If it were based only on that, Vicci could win. But the fans probably already have their favorites in place.
Ne-Yo and Pitbull come out and pretend to be performing live. Just because something is catchy enough to be on the radio doesn’t mean it will be a good live performance. Otherwise, wouldn’t these guys be selling a lot more concert tickets? These shows can’t seem to figure out that difference.
Beverly McClellan and Christina are singing “Beautiful” for Bev’s duet. This might be Bev’s best performance. She is mixing up some softer spots with her exceptional power notes. And Christina lets Beverly take the lead for most of the song.
Katharine McPhee does an interview. She is starring in “Smash” for the winter of 2012. Katharine will sing “Beautiful” on the show.
Dia is going to sing her original single next. This is a pretty bad singing order for her since Dia has already done both songs with 45 minutes left in the performance episode. Some casual fans may completely miss her. The song is “Inventing Shadows.”
Dia is playing piano. I don’t like this as much as Vicci’s and Javier’s singles, but it’s still a good song. Dia’s voice would be the weakest winner of anyone I have seen except Kevin Skinner’s. She is gasping hard between the lines. While clearly a hit on iTunes in this contest, this type of singer just rarely ever wins a national singing contest. Her tone is pretty thin, and the power notes (they’re not very powerful) are outside her voice’s natural comfort zone. Javier is almost certain to win now.
Speaking of Javier, he is going to sing “Man in the Mirror” next for his duet with Adam. Colon is probably the only guy that will outsing his coach on the night despite Adam’s great voice. The song is a bit fast and relies more on lyrics than great singing. But Javier’s vocal tone and control make it great, anyway. Some of the runs were unnecessary, but he nailed the performance other than that.
Country singer Brad Paisley comes out next to perform. He is a guest on The Voice finale. Brad is singing “Don’t Drink the Water.” Blake joins in and sings with Paisley. Brad also does a nice solo on the guitar. This was a great, catchy country song.
Beverly’s original single is “Lovesick.” It’s a powerful song with a rock vibe, and Beverly sings it very well. It’s not the catchiest song, but McClellan sings it very well from start to finish. Unfortunately, Beverly doesn’t seem to have much of a chance of winning. She has been way behind on iTunes compared to the other three. But I think she has proven tonight that she deserved to make The Voice finals.
Vicci Martinez and Cee Lo are closing the show with her duet. The way the show has been produced and arranged, we could see Vicci slip into 2nd place here. It seems that the show is pushing for Vicci to do well in the voting by putting her last. This was a crazy performance with Road Warrior-type outfits. Vicci also sang it very well, and Cee Lo was rocking it. The song is Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield.” This was visually the best peformance, but most of that was the dancing crew and the costumes. The singing was also great, though. This just seemed like the show wanted Vicci to win. But she will have a hard time getting more votes than Javier.
Dia was by far the biggest disappointment of the night. Her weaknesses showed instead of her strengths. Look for Javier to win on the results show on Wednesday, the 29th. Vicci is right up there on the finale performances, but I think Javier has managed to take the win by delivering consistently emotional performances throughout Season 1 of The Voice.
Update: Dia did well on iTunes, getting all the way to #1. Meanwhile, Javier got up to #2. Javier’s duet with Adam (“Man in the Mirror”) was a few spots higher than Dia’s duet with Blake, but the duet iTunes sales do not count. Therefore, Dia got the most votes from iTunes in all likelihood because she seemed to have a slight edge on Javier all night and morning long.
While this iTunes development is obviously good for Dia, most buyers will only want to buy one copy (a few might buy more than one, but those are few and far between). Conversely, voters could vote up to 10 times on the phone and 10 times through instant Internet voting. Thus, Javier will need to win those votes to win Season 1 of The Voice. Dia can still probably lose the other votes by one or two percentage points and manage to win. But Javier can likely lock up a victory by getting 5% or so more votes than Dia through the Internet or phone.
The results show on June 29th had Vicci with Train’s Pat Monahan for the first performance. They sang “Drops of Jupiter.”
They are reviewing Javier’s journey now. He is singing with Stevie Nicks. They did a duet of “Landslide.” Javier actually did the whole thing with no runs at all, and it was very nice.
Beverly is going to be up next. She is singing with One Republic’s Ryan Tedder. They sang a duet of One Republic’s “Good Life.” This was not such a great song choice for Beverly, but I’d bet she was told to sing this. “Good Life” is a pretty good song, but it was most likely written by Ryan Tedder for Ryan Tedder’s voice. It was still good, but Bev did not seem to do so well on iTunes compared to the other 3 finalists.
Dia Frampton is going to be singing with Miranda Lambert (big country star and also coach Blake Shelton’s wife).They sang “The House That Built Me” together. Dia has such a weak voice. I don’t know where all the iTunes sales are coming from, but considering some of the stuff that sells these days, I guess it’s not that surprising. Blake is wrong. Neither of these two is unique, and anyone who says that doesn’t know much music. But at least Miranda has a nice-sounding and clear voice that is actually audible at all times.
The winner is being announced next. Of course, it will be either Dia or Javier.
The Voice Season 1 Finale Results:
Dia Frampton is in the top two. So is Javier Colon.
These two are separated by less than 2%.
Beverly and Vicci are out, but they did not announce who was 3rd or 4th.
Javier Colon wins the first season of The Voice by less than 2% overall. Obviously, he won those Internet and phone votes, but not by a huge margin over Dia.