By Adam S. Levy – Radar Staff Writer
Javier Colon won NBC’s breakout hit The Voice Wednesday night, claiming the show’s very first grand prize of $100,000 and a recording contract.
“Thank you,” Colon said upon winning. “The three women behind me are absolutely awesome, and it was a pleasure to be here with them.”
Colon later tweeted: “What do U say as your first tweet after winning The Voice? U say Thank U! To my fans who voted their asses off 4 me. YOU made the difference.”
The show’s innovative premise saw teams of hopefuls grouped with four celebrity coaches: A-list diva Christina Aguilera, Forget You singer Cee-Lo Green, country crooner Blake Shelton and Maroon 5′s Levine.
Levine’s protégé Colon bested Dia Frampton (from Shelton’s team) by a 2 percent margin, host Carson Daly told the electric studio audience. Vicci Martinez (from Green’s team) and Beverly McClellan (Aguilera’s team) rounded out the pack. The final four finishers will embark on a 6-city tour next month.
After cleaning up in the ratings, NBC is already casting the show’s second season.