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The Voice Execs Unhappy With Season 2 Winner Jermaine Paul

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May 11 2012, Published 8:30 a.m. ET

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Leading up to the Season 2 finale of The Voice on Tuesday, insiders thought Tony Lucca or, preferably, Juliet Simms, would take home the top prize. But when Carson Daily announced the winner, it was Jermaine Paul, who took top honors.

“Jermaine is a lot like last year’s winner Javier Colon,” an insider tells exclusively. “They have a lot in common.”

And their commonalities are making The Voice execs worried.

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“Javier didn’t wow anyone with his post-Voice success,” the source says. “Dia Frampton did better than him and sold more records, it was disappointing for Javier. And people want a success story for the Voice winner.”

“The execs will support him publicly,” the source says. “But behind the scenes they’re nervous.”

While no one would ever say the former backup singer doesn’t have a great voice, execs were definitely hoping to mix it up this season, the source explained.

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“They really wanted Juliet to win! She’s so good, and most of all, she’s the most marketable of the four,” the source continues. “But the show would never contrive anything. Jermaine won fair and square.”

But it is making execs think twice about season 3.

“There will be changes to the format,” the source says. “The formula is flawed. Juliet Simms and Jamar Rogers were two of the best and both should have been in the final four. But they were both on the same team, so it couldn’t work. That’s something they’re working on fixing for the next season.”



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