How much do we care when it comes to "The Voice"?
Obviously it's a beloved show in the Knoxville market, usually in a neck-and-neck race each week with "Dancing with the Stars" for viewers. But, when all is said and done in the finale (9 p.m. Tuesday, WBIR, Channel 10), the question should be asked: Do we really care about who wins or is the race more important?
Submitted for you in just two words to answer that question: Javier Colon.
If the name means nothing, you're in the majority. Colon, a 34-year-old singer-songwriter from Stratford, Conn., won "The Voice" in its first season. By outlasting the other singers, he was awarded $100,000 and a contract with Universal Republic Records.
Since his victory, Colon has fallen off the mass radar at the speed of light.
Perhaps Tuesday's winner will fare far better. But if that does not happen, it does not indicate "The Voice" is a musical failure.
It just means the viewers are along for the ride but not in it for the long haul. "We can't control every aspect of what happens in the record industry. It's impossible. It's such a fickle, strange thing," judge Adam Levine said earlier in season.
As a judge, "you got to kind of set it free at a certain point. You can't be there for every single step of the way. I'd like to see people be as successful as humanly possible. That's what I would love. I'm a very optimistic person."
Host Carson Daly stands by the quality of the music that came from season-one contestants as evidence. "('The Voice') put out more quality music than arguably a lot of labels and a lot of artists that are in front of them on the charts," he said.
"I would take that to a music street fight any day."
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