So last night was the grand finale of NBC's The Voice -- the first vaguely credible vocal talent show to find itself on American television. The night before, on Tuesday, the last four contestants each performed a duet with their coaches, as well as a song that had been written specifically for them (most of which were bland -- especially poor Javier Colon's piece of ultra-safe balladry), in a final bid to win $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic.
To be honest, in recent weeks, we've become a little bugged by just how much the
judges insist on performing every week when clearly, this is not supposed to be about
them (or maybe it is and we've just missed the point). On Tuesday, as they strode on like a bunch of misfits to perform "Under Pressure", it all felt rather gratuitous.
Then, last night, once we saw that Beverly McClellan was performing with the preppy douche from One Republic (who strained to sing his own song), and Vicci Martinez was singing with -- seriously, we're not kidding -- the toady douche from Train (why, why, why is he everywhere right now?), we longed for the judges to come back. Thank God for Stevie Nicks performing with Javier.
And then it was time: Dia Frampton had been getting the loudest screams of all the contestants ever since her mind-blowing rendition of Kanye West's "Heartless" a few weeks back (which was the clear highlight of the entire season, actually). After narrowing down the finalists to just her and Javier, the winner was announced. And it was ... Javier Colon? Really?
Sorry Javier, we know you're hugely talented and all, but we are about as bummed as we can be about the result of a reality talent show. We can't help but wonder aloud if you got the extra 2 percent of votes (that's how narrow the result was) because of your backstory and family-man persona. Yes, you clearly are a lovely human with a gorgeous voice, but Dia Frampton is something truly special -- all doe-eyed and low-key and raspy and awesome.
So Dia, if you're reading, we thought you deserved to win more. If there's any sense left in the world, someone will hopefully offer you a deal next week. We're looking at you, Kanye West.