As the inaugural winner of the surprise smash reality show “The Voice,” Javier Colon receives a new recording contract and a $100,000 award to go along with invaluable television exposure.
But winning the NBC singing contest means more than cash prizes and second chances for the smooth-voiced family man from Stratford, Conn. He now has the opportunity to provide for his wife, Maureen, and their two daughters — Solana, 3 ½, and Amaia, 22 months — while continuing to make music.
“It means everything. It’s a new life. It means that I get to support my family doing something that I love. It means stability for my family. It means hopefully not having to, you know, not pay one bill one month so that I can pay another one that is more important or that is more overdue,” Colon told reporters during a teleconference the day after becoming “The Voice.”
Javier Colon was no stranger to the music business. The American singer-songwriter, known for his “acoustic soul” style of music had worked with lots of musicians and was a member of EmcQ and The Derek Trucks Band before going solo.
Colon auditioned for the show and played acoustic guitar and sang Cyndi Lauper’s classic ballad, Time After Time. Lauper recorded the song on her debut album, She’s So Unusual and released it as a single in January 1984. It became her first number-one hit in the U.S. The song is a reference to the 1979 science fiction film by the same name.
Colon quickly wowed judges Adam Levine and CeeLo with his rendition as they simultaneously hit their buzzers during his performance. Christina Auguleria hit her buzzer shortly after. But there was one judge who needed convincing.
Blake Shelton was on the fence and didn’t seem to be as impressed with the performance as the other judges were. Levine was shocked and kept looking over at Shelton to try and convince him to hit the buzzer.
Even host Carson Daly couldn’t believe it, “Blake, you’re an idiot,” he said.
Eventually, Colon was able to win Shelton over as well. Shelton even ended up giving him a standing ovation. You can watch the performance that leads to his victory below.