On the penultimate episode of NBC’s The Voice last night, two music business also-rans and two “singing lesbians that America loves” (to paraphrase a recent Los Angeles Times piece) wowed viewing audiences with their passionate final performances. However, as we have come to expect from The Voice, there was one very big twist: Over the course of the last ten weeks and change, Javier Colon, Dia Frampton, Vicci Martinez and Beverly McClellan have built themselves a passionate fan base with their personal renditions of already familiar songs originally performed by other artists. Last night, though, the contestants showed off something new. Namely, their own original songs!
Obviously, this last-minute twist gives a HUGE advantage to the two performers who already have experience writing and recording their own material, Javier Colon and Dia Frampton. They both took advantage of the opportunity given to them to not only showcase their voice, but also their artistry, and America seemingly approves. As of this morning, Dia’s slow-burning, piano-driven ballad “Inventing Shadows” and Javier’s slow-burning, guitar-driven ballad “Stitch By Stitch” are sitting atop the iTunes singles chart.
As you can see with the graphic above, it wasn’t just Dia and Javier’s songs that America found compelling enough to shell out $1.29 for. Seven of the top 15 songs in the iTunes store are from The Voice (highlighted in red), and there are sixteen total Voice-related songs currently sitting in the Top 100.
So, if sales are any indication, it looks like a two-horse competition between Javier Colon and Dia Frampton in tonight’s finals. However, don’t rule out Vicci or Beverly just yet; as for the former, she has found herself at the cusp of elimination four different times through the run of the show so far. Can Beverly pull off one last upset? Tune in tonight to find out!