The vote separating the winner of The Voice from the runner-up was only a slim margin of 2 percent. And, on iTunes, which counted for a portion of the vote, Dia Frampton had the No. 1 downloaded song, with Javier Colon coming in second place.
But when all the votes were counted, host Carson Daly announced that Javier had squeaked past Dia, making him the first-ever winner of the hit NBC singing competition.
“At that moment, I was expecting Carson to say, ‘And the winner of The Voice is Dia Frampton,’” Colon told reporters in a conference call, following his win. “I have been through so much in the business. I have a habit of having very low or no expectations.”
That “so much” he is referring to is a contract with Capitol Records that just didn’t work out.
“Back when I was with Capitol, there was a push to make me someone I was not,” the 34-year-old from West Hartford, CT says. “Even with my first album… I was happy with a lot of songs … I felt it was being marketed in the wrong way: strictly R&B, instead of more of a singer/songwriter vibe. I am just glad that this time around I am going to have a chance to be myself and show folks who I am.”
Who Colon is is more in the pop vein. He says his new album, which is targeted for a September release, is going to be a mixture.
“I am a singer/songwriter at heart, he says. “It is going to be in more in the genre of pop. A cross between James Taylor meets Maxwell meets John Mayer thing.
But first, Colon and the other seven semifinalists will be heading out on tour.
“We don’t know what the format is going to be,” Colon admits. “There are going to be some duets with each other, some songs from the show and songs you haven’t heard us perform yet.”
Winning The Voice is making it possible for the father of two — daughters Solana, 3-1/2, and Amaia, 22 months – to live his dream and he is grateful.
“The family thing is the biggest piece of me,” the 34-year-old from West Hartford, CT says. “Family always comes first. I have a beautiful wife and two little girls. They are the reason I live and breathe and why it was so important to get my career going. If this show hadn’t come along, I would have been doing something other than music to support my family. The income wasn’t enough.”
The Voice Live On Tour Dates include:
July 27th – Gibson Amphitheatre (Los Angeles, CA)
July 30th – MGM Grand Garden Arena (Las Vegas, NV)
Aug 2nd – Rosemont Theatre (Chicago, Il)
Aug 4th – Bank of America Pavilion (Boston, MA)
Aug 5th – Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre (Wallingford, CT)
Aug 6th – Beacon Theatre (New York, NY)