A fond farewell to the genuinely kickass first season of The Voice. Now I’ll stop talking about it. Right after this blog.
Another milestone is over. Who thinks Dia got robbed? I don’t, but a cursory check to other websites suggests many, many folks are muy hot under the collar because the newest member of Blake Shelton’s, em, family didn’t make the grade. And win the prize. Except that she will of course get to tour with everyone else (the other 7 top finalists) all summer and then I’m pretty sure she’ll get her own record deal if she doesn’t already have one. Sure looks to me like there are no losers here when they get to this level. Plus, the top 4 all have those newly minted celeb BFFs so they’re that much more connected, right? Other questions that sprang to mind last night watching the grand finale include: why has Christina seemed so increasingly bored and withdrawn during the last two episodes? Is she just “exhausted”? Was Beverly using a cane because she hurt herself with those vigorous, high-voltage numbers, or was she simply rocking a “walking stick” to complement the rest of her Dickensian getup? Why does the (cute & very talented) lead singer form Train insist on that Edward Scissorhands hairdo? Also, will every member of the various teams get invited to their respective coaches’ Holiday Parties? And finally, who has done more for the Adidas brand – Jane Lynch or Cee Lo?
Other than the fact that I suspected Javier Colon was going to win about ten weeks ago, I did check the ITunes charts and noted that of course he and Dia were neck and neck. Nor am I any kind of soothsayer – the guy has an astonishing voice and it stood out even then, and he had zero missteps. Plus two pathologically cute children. BUT: know how I knew he was going to win watching the finals? Because they put him with Stevie Nicks. Methinks you don’t just put an also-ran with Stevie Nicks. Then my friend said “Yeah, but she probably wanted to do her duet with a guy” – to which I say, she wouldn’t have had to. If the winner had been a girl Stevie could have sung any old tune she’d sung with Christine McVie. Over even Lindsey Buckingham because his voice could go either way. Which is of course part of his charm. But before I get all sidetracked about Fleetwood Mac (one of my fave bands of all time, ever) I want to get back to The Voice. So the fact that they put Javier with Stevie let us know ASAP that he was indeed Top Dog. Sure, Dia got to sing with Miranda Lambert – another well known star and Mrs. Blake Shelton – but Senator, she’s no Stevie Nicks.
The show’s a massive hit and this is in no way surprising. It’ll continue on for many more seasons, although I suspect they’ll be hard-pressed to recreate the semi-awkward newness of the coaches which is what made them so charming and credible in the first place. Are you glad you watched? Will you watch it again?
Now – with the Fourth of July holiday upon us let’s switch gears a bit and consider some of the movies that have made everyone feel glad (or at least vaguely omnipotent) about being an American.
1) Independence Day
2) Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
3) Saving Private Ryan
4) Top Gun