February 29, 2016


'The Voice' Winners: Where Are They Now?

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It may be the No. 1 show week after week, but The Voice has one very obvious downside for its contestants: None have really "made it" in the way that American Idol alums Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood have.

That hasn't been lost on the show's superstar coaches either. Adam Levine recently admitted to Billboard, "Eventually, The Voice is going to have to launch somebody into the stratosphere to continue to be taken seriously." 

So, how have the show's winners done since millions watched and voted for them? Ahead of an exciting Season 10 premiere this week that will bring back original coach Christina Aguilera after two seasons away, we take a look back at how the show's champs have performed thus far on the charts, on the road and beyond.

#1Season 1: Javier Colon

In 2011, America decided The Voice was its new favorite reality show and crowned super-smooth R&B-pop singer Javier Colon its inaugural winner. In that first season, finalists recorded original singles that fans could buy on iTunes as an extra vote. Colon's debut release "Stitch by Stitch," produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, hit No. 17 on the Hot 100 that week. The Voice had a hit single!

Colon's debut album Come Through for You came later that year on Universal Republic, peaking at a not-so-great No. 134 on the Billboard 200, and didn't produce any other hits, despite snagging Natasha Beddingfield for lead single "As Long as We Got Love." 

What's somewhat embarrassing about all this is that the show's runner-up, Dia Frampton, actually saw her Red album chart higher and sell better than Colon's debut when it was released less than a month later. 

Colon parted ways with Universal Republic, and is planning an album for 2016, Gravity, on indie label Concord Records.

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