Wednesday, June 29, 2011

And the First Voice of America Is...

The Voice Finals

Well, tonight is the night. The culmination of performances that started with Coaches Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green making blind choices for their teams.

Vicci Martinez is one of the first of the contestants to sing with one of their musical favorites. She performs with Pat Monahan of the band Train, singing Drops of Jupiter.



Not sure it was a great song for Vicci, but they sing it nonetheless. However, Monahan was quite generous with the song, sharing it completely with Vicci. Seems Pat and Train are touring with Adam and Maroon 5 this summer. Cee Lo speaks to his charge, and gives a poignant testimony to his love and appreciation for her talent. That was just lovely. Well done, Cee Lo.

After the break, it is Javier's turn in the spotlight. He duets with legendary singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks. They perform Landslide, a song written and performed by Stevie while still a member of Fleetwood Mac.



There was a rough beginning, but soon Stevie had it under control, and you could see her orchestrating the entire performance. Javier was there to sing harmony, and support the star, that much was clear.

After a break, Beverly is going to sing with award-winning songwriter and frontman for OneRepbulic, Ryan Tedder. They sing the latest single from OneRepublic, Good Life.



That was an interesting pairing, sometimes shining, and other times the EMT were preparing. I'd have to say, I think Beverly is better than what that just showed. After the performance, Christina not only thanks Beverly, but also the boys up there, saying they were like the big brothers she never had. That was a sweet yet odd moment.

The final contestant to take to the stage is Dia. She will be performing with Blake's wife, Country superstar Miranda Lambert. They perform Lambert's The House That Built Me, a seriously beautiful song.



That is a lovely duet, and Lambert certainly shared it beautifully with young Dia. That is a strong moment, my favorite of the show so far. Blake is a bit choked up, having seen his wife and his student owning the stage and the moment.

After the break, we return to name the champion. We hear the top two are within two percent of one another. The top two are Dia Frampton and Javier Colon. Cee Lo and Christina are up on stage to escort Vicci and Beverly off. The scored well on iTunes, with Dia Frampton making it to #1, and Javier to #2. And the winner of the inaugural season of The Voice is... Javier Colon. Congratulations to all involved.

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