The Voice's Season One Finale: Dia Frampton Was Robbed

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Dia Frampton

So last night was the grand finale of NBC's The Voice -- the first vaguely credible vocal talent show to find itself on American television. The night before, on Tuesday, the last four contestants each performed a duet with their coaches, as well as a song that had been written specifically for them (most of which were bland -- especially poor Javier Colon's piece of ultra-safe balladry), in a final bid to win $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic.

To be honest, in recent weeks, we've become a little bugged by just how much the judges insist on performing every week when clearly, this is not supposed to be about them (or maybe it is and we've just missed the point). On Tuesday, as they strode on like a bunch of misfits to perform "Under Pressure", it all felt rather gratuitous.

Then, last night, once we saw that Beverly McClellan was performing with the preppy douche from One Republic (who strained to sing his own song), and Vicci Martinez was singing with -- seriously, we're not kidding -- the toady douche from Train (why, why, why is he everywhere right now?), we longed for the judges to come back. Thank God for Stevie Nicks performing with Javier.



And then it was time: Dia Frampton had been getting the loudest screams of all the contestants ever since her mind-blowing rendition of Kanye West's "Heartless" a few weeks back (which was the clear highlight of the entire season, actually). After narrowing down the finalists to just her and Javier, the winner was announced. And it was ... Javier Colon? Really?

Sorry Javier, we know you're hugely talented and all, but we are about as bummed as we can be about the result of a reality talent show. We can't help but wonder aloud if you got the extra 2 percent of votes (that's how narrow the result was) because of your backstory and family-man persona. Yes, you clearly are a lovely human with a gorgeous voice, but Dia Frampton is something truly special -- all doe-eyed and low-key and raspy and awesome.

So Dia, if you're reading, we thought you deserved to win more. If there's any sense left in the world, someone will hopefully offer you a deal next week. We're looking at you, Kanye West.

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Ann
Ann

and by the way, apparantly it was in all of the contestants contracts that they can be signed within 30 days of the show, So if Dia is really what you think she is, they will sign her....do your research before crying about the results

Su_journ
Su_journ

All the women were robbed.  Affirmative action at its worst.  Whatshisname had already failed and will fail again.  Yawn.

guest
guest

Affirmative action?  Seriously?  all i can say is wow.

Marie M Williams
Marie M Williams

I agree....why can't we just be happy for people? Instead of thinking that there are conspiracys. Of course everyone has there favorite but sometimes they just don't win.

The women were not robbed...put the lighter down and the bra away. Most of the contestants will get something out of this show.

JC@NJ
JC@NJ

I will add to the voices who say that Dia was robbed.  I was frankly shocked at how, on the final night, Christina and Adam went out of their way to gripe about the mimes.  It was an obvious torpedo job.  CeeLo was weirdly neutral.  The whole deal was pre-mediated, and could certainly swing 1-2% of the vote.  Javier went first, which meant he would get all praise, then they could mess with Dia and that would be that.  Kudos to Blake for giving positive comments to all the finalists on their last night despite the low class behavior of Christina and Adam.

Anne
Anne

I disagree wholeheartedly.  I enjoy Dia, but am not as impressed with her breathy, often flat sounding versions of songs. I think she is talented.  I believe her best performance was with Miranda at the results show.  The coaches did talk about the mimes after her performance, which was annoying but I believed her performance a bit boring. They also talked about Javiers personality after his performance while his song was well sung, it was safe.  I wish they would have allowed the contestants to sing an original song written by themselves, because Javier has some beautiful songs that would have been much more exciting.  This is the first season, and I am sure that things will be tweaked for season two.  I have heard Javier sing live and can tell you he demands the attention of the room with his heartfelt performances.  He can blow you away with any song.  I believe that this competition was about the best "voice" which in my opinion went to the right person, Javier. 

jonny
jonny

I agree. People were so mesmerized by her rendition of Heartless which was just a drop tempo version w/some piano accompaniment. Are you kidding? I hear musicians do that all the time with different songs so it's not that original. Not only was it flat, I don't think I've heard her hit a high note or hold one throughout the competition and I can tell she arranges her songs to adjust to her lack of range. Javier impressed me with Time After Time but I thought his song choices after that were pretty poor (looks as if Levine had a part in that). If this was a straight up singing competition, I think Javier could outsing Dia anytime. Being that this is a voice competition, Dia's was unique but I don't think it was enough to win over Javier's. IMHO, the right contestant won.    

Grafiksad
Grafiksad

  Dia was robbed and you can bet Mark Burnett was calling the shots. Javier's backstory was purposely highlighted on the Voice website. Can you blame the producers for wanting the show to be a hit. No. Can you blame them for unfairly pushing one contestant over another. Absolutely. Adam's constant reminder - especially when explaining his decision to award more points to Javier over Casey made it clear he had this personal agenda as well. Furthermore, the judges extreme ambivelence to Dia on Tuesday's performace review (mime, mime, and mime) also showed prejudice and pettiness best left for the Simon days of American Idol. Blake was clearly agitated and rightly so. All the pols on Wednesday showed Dia with a clear lead over Javier (50 to 35%). It would be unfair here not to mention that Vegas had Javier at much better odds (1-2 bet, 200 to win 100 and Dia at 3-2 (bet 100 win 150) although it is beyond me what the corellation betweenVegas betters and "The Voice" fans might be.  

Debbie
Debbie

I am not sure at the correlation, but the people in Vegas aren't trying to loose money, so I am sure that the oddsmakers are pretty good at doing what they do.  Picking the winner.  Who was the best voice in the competion hands down.  Period.  All of the coaches were playing the game to promote their artists, you can't blame Javier for Adam doing a great job!  These shows edit and choose to air what they want to make what they believe to be a good story.  America bought into it and chose the winner.  You have to remember that not all of the voters have itunes or were capable of spending the money to buy the singles, so the itunes chart wasn't the clear indication of the winner.  More people hace access to the phone and to email and they were free.  Javier had the backing of his college friends and about 10 more years of touching lives with his music than Dia.  Remember that. 

AJ
AJ

I disagree. I think everyone BUT Dia and Javier (Dia especially) was robbed. Yes, she has a great talent and artistic vision, as does Javier.

I am annoyed with NBC and the show claiming to showcase "undiscovered voices" yet overlooking (or in Dia's case outright omitting) the fact that both she and Javier had major record deals.

At least with Javier, it was alluded to and in the semi-finals episode Carson Daly did mention a previous deal that fell through - he just left out the part about it being on Capitol Records.

Dia, on the other hand was signed to Warner Bros. Records up until last summer, with the band she fronted, Meg & Dia. Yet neither she nor the show makes any mention whatsoever, continuing to capitalize on the perception of her being shy and afflicted with stage fright. You would think with all of that cross-country touring on multiple Warped Tours as well as festivals and gigs across the UK might have cured that.

As for her rendition of Kanye's "Heartless," good? Definitely. Mind-blowing? Sure. Original? Sort of... But awfully similar to the arrangement of The Fray's version. Just saying.

Kevin
Kevin

If you want true amateurs or undiscovered artists, then watch "American Idol". "The Voice" is a different show with different criteria. As long as you have a good voice and no current record deal, you can compete. That makes this show unique, and I love the fact it gives artists another shot at making it in the music industry. Everyone deserves second chances. Seriously, most viewers did not know about Javier or Dia before this show, so to me, that's like showcasing undiscovered artists. Also, Vicci and Beverly has many albums released already. None of the four finalists were amateurs, but I found them all to be great singers, and I would never have known them through any other means.

Elyse
Elyse

I've seen dia in the smallest of settings, in a bar with about 100 other people, and, yes, she really does get stage fright. And she has mentioned over and over that she is intimidated by Cristina.  Also, she performed for years with a band. With her family.  To take all of that comfort away is a big deal to a person.  The rule was that you couldn't be signed.  And she's not. 

So what if they did not say anything about the Warner Bros. deal.  It was a bad deal.  They were trying to force the band to become another pop deal with no future, turning songs into things that weren't even their songs. They hated warped tour, and over and over again said that beings a huge deal was not their thing.

The truth is, if any of the three runner's up are worth promise, SOMEONE will sign on to them.  And, sometimes, runners up get the better deal anyway.  

Marcos R
Marcos R

Actully. I don't know if you are informed. But Justin Bieber, friend of Adam asked in twitter and facebook for her 44 million of fans vote for Javier.....

Kimerlyamc
Kimerlyamc

You dont think that the other coaches were doing the same?? What of the county music cult??

Kevin
Kevin

Justin Bieber fans are fanatics who would do anything he asks -- not all of them will but a good percentage. Just think 1% equals to 400,000 "crazy, zombie" teenage girls!!!

Ann
Ann

perhaps...if the bieber fans are allowed to stay up late enought to watch the voice, it would have made a difference...lots of celebrities tweeted about the voice..big deal

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