The Voice’s close finish: Javier wins but second-place Dia’s song is more popular

Javier Colon became the first winner of NBC’s The Voice last night, winning a recording contract and $100,000 for beating Dia Frampton, who came within 2 percent of the final vote and who sold more singles than Javier did after the final performance episode. Her “Inventing Shadows” leads iTunes’ sales chart, followed by Javier’s “Stitch by Stitch.”

Ultimately, all four finalists deserved to win, and will have careers and sell records, but I was a little disappointed that Dia and her funky voice didn’t win, though I thought that based on Tuesday’s performances alone, Vicci Martinez would win.

The one-hour results show was as taut as an hour-long results show can be, and featured duets between the finalists and a famous artist. Beverly McClellan had a strong season, but an unfortunate pairing and song with Ryan Tedder of One Republic forced me to mute my television it was so awful.

That was a surprising misfire for a show that’s been remarkably successful its first season, and while there are parts I’d change, it was watchable and felt fresh–remarkable accomplishments for a reality TV singing competition, and for an NBC reality series.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.