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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.

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