“The Voice” declared its first-ever winner on Wednesday night. Javier Colon became the Kelly Clarkson of the hit NBC singing competition. The Adam Levine protégé managed to beat out the other three finalists, including runner-up Dia Frampton.
But according to The Associated Press, Colon barely beat out Frampton, winning by just a 2 percent margin.
“Wow, thank you,” Colon said upon winning. “The three women behind me are absolutely awesome and it was a pleasure to be here with them,” he said, referring to fellow contestants Frampton, Vicci Martinez and Beverly McClellan.
“Before I came out to do this audition in January, I had been rejected from yet another record label that I really thought [I was] gonna get,” Colon told reporters after the show, according to EW.com. “It was over.” The singer wasn’t planning on auditioning for “The Voice” until a family member changed his mind. “I thought, I can’t just keep living on a dream and expecting that things are going to work out because it’s not just my wife and I anymore.”
So, what did the Connecticut native win? He gets a recording contract with Universal Republic, a $100,000 cash prize and a featured role on “The Voice” summer tour , which kicks off in July.
His coach, Adam Levine, described Colon’s voice as “so powerful and special. It’s his voice. That’s all you need — the name of the show is ‘The Voice.’ I just like the fact that the winner really reflects what the show is all about.”
“The Voice” is slated to return for a second season next spring, with a kickoff right behind the Super Bowl.