The Voice: And the winner is ... (spoiler alert)
Is it just me or did that feel like poetic justice on The Voice finale?
It wasn't necessarily a surprising victory, but it was a satisfying one. Javier had been tipped as the potential winner from when the blind auditions first aired.
But he got a run for his money from Dia Frampton, the shy young woman who turned into a self-assured performer before our very eyes.
Host Carson Daly said only 2 per cent separated Javier and Dia in the votes. And in another public opinion poll of sorts, Dia beat Javier. Her original song from Tuesday's show, "Inventing Shadows," hit No. 1 on iTunes on Tuesday night; Javier's "Stitch by Stitch" was at No. 2.
"Um wow, thank you, I don't even know where to begin other than to say the three women behind me are absolutely awesome," said Javier after his victory, referring to Dia, Beverly McClellan and Vicci Martinez.
"It's been a pleasure to be here with them. I want to thank everyone at home who believed in me and voted for me. Thank you all," he said, wiping his eyes.
It was a heartwarming end to a warm and fuzzy kind of results show.
Not only did the four finalists get to hear words of admiration from their coaches, they got to perform one last time: duets with musical idols.
Javier really hit the jackpot with a duet with Stevie Nicks on her much-loved song "Landslide." Stevie smiled at and seemed to guide Javier with her hand as he joined her on the well-known choruses. It was a beautiful blend and they ended the song with a hug.
"I told Stevie Nicks I wasn't going to cry on national television so I'm not gonna cry," began his coach, Adam Levine of Maroon 5. "That's the coolest thing you've ever done probably other than have kids, get married. I'm pretty speechless. I mean you just sang with Stevie Nicks. That's one of the most beautiful duets I've ever heard in my life ...
"Stevie's one of my heroes, I know she's one of yours. Now you're one of my heroes 'cause you just sang with her. Good luck man, you deserve to win this competition."
Adam's been a stalwart supporter of Javier's throughout the show, making it clear he hoped to right wrongs done to the father of two in the music industry, including getting dropped from a record contract.
Javier himself said, "Before The Voice, my future in music was getting grim. Professionally, from the music side of things, there's nothing I've ever wanted more than to win this competition."
Adam wasn't the only coach getting emotional on Wednesday night.
Dia, Blake Shelton's protege, sang her duet with Blake's wife, country star Miranda Lambert. Vocally, it was my favourite combination as they performed Miranda's song "The House That Built Me." The studio audience clapped through it and cheered loudly when Dia sang her first notes.
"I know now why I get so emotional when I'm around you the last two weeks, Dia," said Blake. "Watching you stand there singing that song with my wife, it makes sense to me. You're family to me now and I love you, I really do, and I'm so proud of you and so happy for you. I really am."
The love didn't just extend from coach to singer. Christina Aguilera had kind words for her fellow coaches after her protege, Beverly, did a duet with OneRepublic singer Ryan Tedder on "Good Life."
"We really held each other's hands through this process and trusted each other," she said. "And I just want to thank you guys because you guys have felt like the big brothers I never had."
To Beverly, she said, "I love you so much. You are such a professional. I just thank you for all your hard work and your belief in me and your trust in me as a coach."
Bev's duet seemed the least successful to me. I love her singng, but it didn't always match well with the song. It was still fun to watch, though.
Vicci Martinez got to sing with Pat Monahan from Train on one of my favourite songs, "Drops of Jupiter." It was exhilarating to see how much Vicci enjoyed the experience and how much she connected with Pat.
Her coach, Cee Lo Green, thanked Pat for singing with Vicci. "I know what a sensitive subject matter that song has for him and I really appreciate him sharing that song with you because this is a sensitive moment for me as well," Cee Lo said (the song was written after Pat's mother died of lung cancer).
"Vicci, you know I love you, I love you so sincerely ... we will forever be bonded because of this experience. We will never be severed by the scrutiny or status quo of the American voting public or anyone's opinion."
It sounds to me like the three singers who didn't win on Wednesday can count on continued support from their coaches as they pursue careers. And of course, there's still a tour to come for the top eight.
Casting is already starting for Season 2 of the show, which has been a hit for NBC, drawing about 12 million viewers per episode in the U.S. It aired on CTV in Canada.
So what do you think? Did the right person win? Will you tune in again next year?
(The photo of Javier performing on Tuesday's show is courtesy of NBC and CTV.)