Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Voice Anti-Climatically Crowns A Winner

In a reality show rarity, the early front-runner actually won, as Javier Colon was voted the winner of The Voice. The honey-voiced crooner was picked from the very first episode as the one to beat after a stunning performance of "Time After Time", and he eked out a win by 2% over Dia Frampton, who has consistently been winning the vote on iTunes.

Before announcing the results, each finalist sang a duet with a special guest artist. Vicci Martinez sang with what Carson Daly called her "one of her favorite artists", Pat Monahan from Train. Luckily for the whole world, they did not sing "Hey Soul Sister" but "Drops of Jupiter" instead. Pat was a hot mess (vocally and aesthetically ... what is that hair?!), and Vicci couldn't save that.

Javier sang "Landslide" with Stevie Nicks, and it was GORGEOUS. Stevie can't handle some of the higher notes anymore, but his harmonies were incredible!!! Adam Levine gushed like whoa afterward, calling it one of the most beautiful duets he's ever heard in his life. Maybe a bit hyperbolic, but it really was stunning. I want to buy this recording now and play it 100x in a row.

Beverly McClellan got stuck with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (or Ryan Teeder, as Carson Daly, massive tool, called him at the top of the show), singing "Good Life". Tedder has been much-maligned by me as a bad live singer on television, and he didn't disappoint (for the record, he sounds perfectly fine in concert). Beverly didn't sound good either. I think whoever did the duet pairings clearly skimped on the third and fourth place finishers.

Blake Shelton enlisted his wife, Miranda Lambert, to sing her Grammy-winning hit "The House That Built Me" with Dia. They sounded beautiful together, despite the audience clapping along. Stop doing that on slow songs, audience.

For all the good things this show has done better than Idol, they really biffed the crowning moment. After pulling out the top two, Carson didn't really make the winning announcement suspenseful, nor did they have Javier end the show with a performance of his single. They pretty much just congratulated them and ho-hummed off the air. They need to fix that next season. And while they're at it, they should fix the host situation also. Carson's terrible!

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