Countdown to ‘The Voice’ Season 3: Looking Back at Season 1

Season 1 promotional photo. CR: NBC

Season 3 of The Voice is a mere two weeks away, and to celebrate, we’re taking a look back at how we got this far – starting with where it all started, Season 1!

Season 1
April 26, 2011 – June 29, 2011

Winner: Javier Colon (Team Adam)
Finalists: Javier Colon (Team Adam), Dia Frampton (Team Blake), Beverly McClellan (Team Christina), Vicci Martinez (Team Cee Lo)

Highlights of the Season: The Voice quickly distinguished itself from every other singing show when it opened with all four superstar coaches collaborating on a rendition of the Gnarls Barkley hit “Crazy.” From there, it brought us real coaching from legitimate artists as they worked with some underappreciated talent. Eventual winner Javier Colon blew everyone away from his blind audition, which got all four coaches to turn their chairs for him. Dia Frampton turned Kanye West’s “Heartless” completely on its head. Beverly McClellan rocked the house and proved she could sing the blues.

In other remarkable moments, Nakia had the guts to sing Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” in front of Cee Lo Green, Adam famously mistook Minnesota singer Tim Mahoney for a woman (and initially thought duo Elenowen was one person), Jeff Jenkins delivered a heartfelt rendition of “Jesus Take The Wheel” that was devoted to his late mother, and Cee Lo’s performance of “Love Is A Battlefield” with finalist Vicci Martinez proved to be much bigger, brighter and spikier than anyone expected.

And then there was Blake Shelton and Team Blake catching Adam totally unaware when they performed Maroon 5‘s hit “This Love,” only for Blake to send it over the top with a “that’s what she said” joke on live television. No one really knew what The Voice was in season one, and it showed, as we got fantastic musical performances, surprises, plenty of laughs and even a few tears along the way to the show becoming what is now an Emmy-nominated phenomenon.

Where Are They Now?

  • Winner Javier Colon was signed to Universal Republic Records after his victory, and released the album Come Through For You. In June, he announced that he had left Universal Republic as the label was no longer the best fit for him. He has been touring extensively, both solo across the U.S. and currently as the opening act for his coach Adam Levine and Maroon 5 on their South American tour. Adam also appeared on Javier’s song “Stand Up.” Here’s a follow-up interview I did earlier this year with Javier.
  • Runner-up Dia Frampton was also signed by Universal Republic and released the album Red. She toured as the opening act for her coach, Blake Shelton, on his Well Lit and Amplified Tour in 2011. Blake appeared on the song “I Will” on Red. She has also toured solo and alongside other acts such as Scars on 45 and her Team Blake colleague Xenia. Here’s a follow-up interview with Dia.
  • Team Christina finalist Beverly McClellan released the album Fear Nothing and has also toured. She has opened for the likes of B.B. King and Steve Vai. Here’s a follow-up interview with Beverly.
  • Team Cee Lo finalist Vicci Martinez released the EP Come Along before the full-length album Vicci this year, making her the last finalist to put out an album. The first single “Come Along” featured her coach Cee Lo Green. Vicci has also toured, including several stops of recent with Jamar Rogers, who represented Team Cee Lo as a semi-finalist in Season 2 of The Voice. Here’s a follow-up interview with Vicci.
  • The top 8 (Javier, Dia, Beverly, Vicci and semi-finalists Casey Weston, Xenia, Frenchie Davis and Nakia) embarked upon a brief cross-country tour, The Voice Live on Tour, immediately after the end of the season.
  • Other happenings included: Xenia being signed by Universal Republic and releasing the EP Sing You Home; Nakia working on a new album via PledgeMusic; Team Adam’s Tim Mahoney writing the single “Hey Adam Levine” about his experiences on the show; Team Adam’s Rebecca Loebe completing the new album Circus Heart (due out mid-September). Here’s a follow-up interview with Rebecca.

Next week, we’ll take a look back at Season 2! The Voice returns Monday, September 10 at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC.