We Tip Our Caps To The Suddenly Hatless Javier Colon’s Performance Of “Fix You”


We’re nearing the end of the first season of NBC’s The Voice, the show that has revitalized the entire genre of glorified karaoke singing competition programming. The show has been a massive ratings success for the struggling Peacock Network; so much so, in fact, that NBC has the confidence to air a 1-hour special of The Voice in the plum post-Super Bowl slot come February (that is, if an NFL season actually happens) and program it against the reigning champ of the genre, American Idol.
While it remains to be seen whether or not American audiences will be able to stomach two high-profile singing competitions on network television at the same time, The Voice has proven itself to be just what the doctor ordered for the summer network TV viewing season, which is ordinarily filled with either reruns or new shows that network execs have very little faith in. Big name talent like Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Maroon 5‘s Adam Levine have all upped their profile considerably, Carson Daly seems to be having the most fun he’s had since his TRL heyday, and heck, the competitors themselves have turned out to be fairly engaging, too.
Take Javier Colon, for example. The amiable 34 year-old father of two (and former Capitol records signee) seems to be the consensus favorite at this stage of the competition, and his performance of Coldplay‘s “Fix You” last night was such a knockout that it briefly clawed its way into the iTunes Top 10 singles chart. Not to take anything away from Colon, but everyone knows that it’s the majestic, shimmery guitar crescendo that gives “Fix You” its rousing power, not its lyrics or Colon’s (or, for that matter, Chris Martin‘s) voice. That said, Colon made sure to seize the moment by tossing his trademark cap into the audience and showing America his gleaming pate for the first time. Now, if we were coaching Colon, we would have advised him to save that move for the finals but, as such, it looks like his path to the next round is secure.

Who are you pulling for in The Voice? Do you prefer this show’s structure and format or American Idol‘s? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. becky says:

    What Adam Levine did was terrible and ruins the whole premise of “The Voice”. I thought what made “The Voice” different was that the coaches would try to help all the singers. Adam Levine went out of his way to sabotage Casey Weston, he did not let her sing the song the way she wanted (which she sounded better singing her way), he gave her faint praise, and he pushed Javier to the public voting by saying he was the best singer ever, then “Levine handicapped the numbers and gave Casey a very sad 35 and Javier a 65” and he even admitted he was rigging the show so that Javier Colon could win. If The Voice wants any credibility going forward they have to get rid of Adam Levine as a judge.
    Also there is too many fishy things going on at “The Voice”: the whole voting thing looks very murky, and how much of “The Voice” is lip synching? It is obvious by all the commercials featuring Javier Colon they want him to win.
    I like Javier Colon as a singer, but the way “The Voice” is pushing him will lead many people not to like him. If the show is rigged like Adam Levine alluded to, people will be put off by the show and Javier Colon. It is a shame because I thought Javier Colon could win the show on his own merits without any funny business.
    “The Voice” is losing a lot of credibility and that is why the ratings are dropping.

  2. Mark Graham says:

    Thanks for the thoughted response, Becky! Why do you think that Levine favored Colon over Weston? And is it “fair” to have someone who already had a record contract (and arguably blew it) get another chance?

  3. Kym says:

    Casey was one of my favorites on the show along with Javier, Jeff, and Xenia. I agree with Becky, I thought she was sabotaged a bit by Adam. In all honestly, Javier does have a smoother voice and more confidence, but he has been singing for much longer than Casey and has record contracts. How can singers like Casey, or Xenia even compete with that? I am disappointed by the same thing that Becky is, I thought the coaches job was to “develop” their team singers. I felt like all the coaches for the most part did that, except for Adam in this last round. He just was “playing the game”, as he said. I knew that as soon as he gave her the ‘I will Always Love You’ song. That is such an iconic song made famous by Whitney Houston. I felt like it was a poor selection, and I’m sure Adam knew that. The song was not a good fit for someone with so much vibrato like Casey. Honestly, I never thought Casey was going to beat Javier, I don’t think anyone will, except for maybe Dia. So why did Adam go through all the trouble to give her a poor song choice, and then give her only 35 points? He did it all to set up Javier. Which also means he worked against his own singers on his team. Like Becky said, let Javier win on his own merits, he would have anyway. I’ve lost a lot of respect for Adam Levine. He had a lot of talent on his team, and it doesn’t seem like he did many of them any favors. On Mark’s questions. Javier has more confidence and smoothness. He has his faults like all of them, but for the most part, he’s pretty polished. What makes it a bit “unfair” is it’s harder for less accomplished singers to compete with that. The other top contender is Dia, and she also has had contracts and albums. I don’t mind that these people are in it. It’s refreshing to watch a show with so much talent, but they will have to find a way to balance it so that the more inexperienced singers are not put at an automatic disadvantage. Not sure how they will do that though.