'The Voice' season finale recap: And Like That... It's Gone

The day after The Voice premiered, EW's Mandi Bierly declared that a cap-wearing family man named Javier Colon was the competition's early favorite. And she was right: Javier's soulful, surprising rendition of "Time After Time" was the first Voice performance to get all four coaches to turn around during the blind auditions. If I had counted songs sang during the audition rounds, it would have been near the top of my list of Season One's best performances.

As the weeks wore on, though, Javier's frontrunner status began to seem a little less certain. Every time he appeared onstage, he sang melisma-soaked ballad after melisma-soaked ballad while contestants like Dia Frampton, Vicci Martinez, and Beverly McClellan delivered inventive, electrifying, unforgettable performances. Javier never sang badly -- but he was a lot more predictable than his cohorts. And when Dia's quirky numbers started lighting up the iTunes charts, it seemed like Team Adam's star was destined to fall short of clinching the title that had once seemed indisputably his. Read More...



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