Only two percent separated Javier Colon, the winner of “The Voice,” from runner-up Dia Frampton in the final public vote. As champ, Colon collects $100,000 and gets another chance at a recording career with Universal Republic. He released two soul albums with Capitol — “Javier” (2003) and “Left of Center” (2006) — before being dropped by the label. Frampton fronts rock band Meg & Dia with her sister. The group released one major label disc — “Here Here and Here” on Sire in 2009 — but are without a recording contract.
While Colon edged out Frampton in the popular vote, it was her rendition of “Inventing Shadows” on Tuesday’s final that topped iTunes Wednesday while his performance of “Stitch by Stitch” was in second place. Tellingly, the other two finalists were far behind with Vicci Martinez at No. 29 with “Afraid to Sleep” and Beverly McLellan at No. 54 with “Love Sick.” All four of the finalists are hitting the road this summer along with semi-finalists Frenchie Davis, Nakia, Casey Weston and Xenia.
Colon was the frontrunner from the start as all four coaches clamored for him to be on their team after hearing him sing “Time After Time.” Adam Levine landed him and refashioned the soul singer into a rocker giving him songs from the likes of Coldplay. Under the tutelage of country crooner Blake Shelton, Frampton evolved into a soft-rock singer. Cee Lo Green was a good match for the diminutive Martinez while Christina Aguilera and McClellan rocked well together.