'The Voice' finale: What the winner (and everyone else) had to say after the show [Video]
(Spoiler alert: Haven’t watched Wednesday’s finale of "The Voice" and have managed to steer clear of Twitter, Facebook and ShowTracker? Catch up -- it's easy, just look at the post below -- and then proceed for a glimpse of the red-carpet goodness that happened after the show.)
Midway into Wednesday night's finale of "The Voice," Javier Colon crooned (with Stevie Nicks, no less!) about being afraid of changes. By the end of the show, the ultimate change had arrived for the husband and father of two: He was named the inaugural winner of NBC’s singing-competition series.
Cue confetti blasts. A choked-up Adam Levine. And millions of delighted viewers who voted online, by phone or via iTunes for the soulful singer.
"I feel some pressure," Colon said after the show, beginning his media blitz as "Javier Colon: Season 1 winner of "The Voice." "The first winner, you know, you have to go out there and show folks why you were the winner. You got to prove that you deserve it."
As the victor, Colon gets a recording contract with Universal Republic Records and $100,000. But more than that, he's hoping this go-around in the music biz actually sticks. Prior to the show, Colon had a contract with Capitol Records but things never blossomed for the R&B singer/songwriter and he was dropped from the label. His failed attempt was one of the reasons coach Levine had divvied up points in Colon's favor (65 versus Casey Weston's 35), helping ensure that Colon advanced to the finals when viewer votes were added.
"Javier, from the beginning, was the person who deserved to win," Levine said after the show. "Everybody else was incredibly talented. It could have gone either way. I'm just happy it went his [way]."
Colon beat out fellow finalists Dia Frampton (Team Blake), Beverly McClellan (Team Christina) and Vicci Martinez (Team Cee Lo). Seconds before the show returned from its final break, the four stood side by side, taking in the final moments before host Carson Daly made the big reveal. And pint-sized Martinez wanted the audience to know one thing before the labels of "winner" and "loser" became a part of their identity: "Hey everybody," she shouted, "we love each other! We love the [guts] out of each other."
That also seemed to be Frampton's outlook on the whole thing. The runner-up presented a cheery disposition after the show, gushing about her dress and her dreams of meeting Tom Petty. Hardly a sore loser.
"To be honest and to the point, [Javier] deserves it," Frampton said of Colon's win.
But there's still some milking to be done from more than just Colon. The show's finalists will hit the road this summer in a Sprint-sponsored Live Nation tour. Taking the stage will be Colon, Frampton, McClellan, Vicci Martinez, Weston, Frenchie Davis and Xenia Martinez. Things kick off July 27 at Los Angeles' Gibson Amphitheatre. Other stops include Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena, Chicago's Rosemont Theatre, Boston's Bank of America Pavilion, Wallingford, Conn.'s Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre and New York's Beacon Theatre.
For more from the finalists, coaches and Daly after the finale, check out the videos below.
-- Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: "The Voice" finalists, left to right, Dia Frampton, Beverly McClellan, Vicci Martinez and Javier Colon. Credit: NBC