After the show “The Voice” put on for viewers Tuesday night, the finale show had a lot to live up to and they made a valiant effort to reach the same level of entertainment. Each contestant had the opportunity to perform live on stage, one last time, in a duet with another artist.
Vicci Martinez took to the stage with Pat Monahan from the band Train, to sing “Drops of Jupiter.” It was hard to believe that Vicci Martinez, a rocker at heart, would have selected the lead singer of a pop group to perform with. And although host Carson Daly suggested the contestants chose their favorite artists, that statement became less plausible with each duet.
The next pairing that made viewers scratch their heads was Javier Colon and Stevie Nicks performing “Landslide.” It felt as though viewers were watching Javier get a music lesson from Stevie as she directed him throughout the song. Adam Levine was on the verge of tears when he told Javier that it was one of the most beautiful duets he’d ever heard. (He must have missed Beverly McClellan and Christina Aguilera Tuesday night.)
When Beverly McClellan joined Ryan Tedder from “One Republic,” to sing “Good Life,” Carson’s statement really lost all credibility. The pairing was forced and the least successful duet of the season, making it hard to believe that it was the same Beverly who delivered such an amazing performance of “Beautiful,” just the night before .
The best of the night came when Dia Frampton sang with her mentor Blake Shelton’s new wife, country singer Miranda Lambert. They performed Miranda’s song, “The House that Built Me.” It was a moving performance and the sensitive cowboy, Blake was visibly touched when he told Dia that he finally understood why he was so emotional – it was because she had become family to him.
The climax of the season quickly arrived when Carson lined up the contestants to deliver the results. Before announcing the Top Two, Carson explained that there was just 2 percent separating the total votes for the top two contestants: Javier Colon and Dia Frampton. It was not a shocking announcement but it was still sad to see two talented performers like Beverly and Vicci go.
It was then announced that after the show on Tuesday, Dia and Javier’s original songs earned the No. 1 and 2 sales spots on iTunes, respectively. But in the end, despite Dia’s success on iTunes, Javier Colon was ultimately declared the winner of “The Voice.”
Javier’s win was predicted by many (including yours truly) but it will be interesting to see which performer appeals more to the music industry, the one who earns more votes on The Voice or one who earns more money.