Javier Colon talks about 'The Voice' win and music idols
Javier Colon was crowned the winner on the season 1 finale of "The Voice" on Wednesday. He tells OnTheRedCarpet.com the big win was unexpected and dished about his coach, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine.
"Adam and I have become really close throughout the time that we've been on this show. I thought I was the only one who was getting emotional all the time. To see Adam get emotional about this point ... it really meant a lot," Colon told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith after the show on Wednesday.
"I honestly wasn't expecting it. I had some extremely fierce competition," he added. "I think the competition could have gone to anybody. I think everyone was deserving of a chance to get out and record an album and be able to have our voices heard and I'm just thankful to have been part of such a strong group."
Colon, 33, began writing songs at 13 and his young talent led to a contract with Capitol Records, but it never panned out. He is a husband and father of two.
Dia Frampton came in second place. She was member of Blake's team. The 23-year-old singer-songwriter is from St. George, Utah. Frampton and her sister Meg are the founding members of the rock band Meg & Dia, which was signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007 and released their most recent album "Here, Here and Here" in 2009. The band is currently unsigned after being dropped by the label in 2010.
Votes for the show were tallied four ways: through toll-free phone calls, through online votes at the network's official website, through votes on the NBC Live online and iPad companion viewing app, and purchasing songs on iTunes.
As the winner of "The Voice," Colon gets the top prize of a recording contract and $100,000. By comparison, finale the winner of Simon Cowell's new talent series, "The X Factor," will be awarded a $5 million record deal.
The finale also featured performances by Stevie Nicks, Pat Monahan (lead singer of Train) and Ryan Tedder (lead singer of OneRepublic) and Miranda Lambert. The famous singers were paired with the four remaining finalists on each team. Nicks paired with Colon, while Monahan sang with Martinez. Tedder performed a duet with McClellan and Miranda Lambert (who is married to Blake Shelton) performed with Frampton.
Levine said of Colon's performance with Nicks, "I was just totally blown away by it. I was caught off-guard by how incredible it was."
Colon dished on other legendary singers he'd love to work with for his new album, "I would love to do something with the other Stevie - Stevie Wonder would be amazing," he Smith. "Also I'd love to some writing and singing with James Taylor, who's been one of my biggest influences from a singer-songwriter perspective."
The singer says he'd also love to work with Levine on the new album. "We talk a lot about that, about getting in the studio and him producing a track maybe or at least us getting together to write a song together," Colon told reporters during a press conference on Tuesday. "I'm hoping that we get to do that pretty soon. "
He adds, "I love working with him and I love singing with him."
The top 8 finalists from the show are set to head out on a Live Nation-promoted tour. So far the tour has confirmed six shows beginning July 27th at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Tour stops include Las Vegas, New York, Chicago and Boston. Tickets for the tour are currently on sale at Live Nation.
The tour will include Team Aguilera's top two artists, McClellan and runner up Frenchie Davis; Team Shelton's top two, Frampton and runner up Xenia; Team Green's top two, runner up Nakia and Martinez; and Team Levine's top two, runner up Casey Weston and Colon.Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).
Tour dates for "The Voice" tour can be seen below.
July 27 -- Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk
Universal City, CA
July 30 -- MGM Grand Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
August 2 -- Rosemont Theatre
Rosemont, IL CA
August 4 -- Bank of America Pavilion
Boston, MA CA
August 5 -- Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
Wallingford, CT CA
August 6 -- Beacon Theatre
New York, NY CA