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 Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.