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.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.