When The Voice first premiered on NBC, it was Javier Colon's rendition of "Time After Time" that had all four celebrity coaches spinning in their futuristic chairs and the web buzzing with excitement about the talented father of two who was sure to win.
Week after week, Colon proved to America - and the record label that once dropped him - that he's a star, all but cementing his spot in the finale with each performance. But as the show progressed, another artist quietly began to force viewers to take notice, making tonight's season finale all the more interesting, and the winner of the competition anything but predictable.
Dia Frampton is the former children's book author with the unique sound that country music's Blake Shelton knew within ten seconds of her audition was one that the music industry needed to hear. With a little help from her "Papa Bear," whom she chose over Cee Lo Green to guide her throughout the competition, Frampton has become a contender with more than a fighting chance to win it all.
Not to be forgotten or discounted are Beverly McClellan and Vicci Martinez of Team Christina and Team Cee Lo; two women with powerful voices and equally powerful fan bases that could push them to super stardom.
"Killer B" has consistently given performances one would expect to see from a seasoned veteran, but it's perhaps her duet with coach Christina Aguilera that will be forever considered a game changer in last night's episode.
And though her original song lacked the pop appeal of Frampton's "Inventing Shadows," Vicci Martinez's duet with coach Cee Lo Green also made a lasting impression on viewers to close the show.
So who will win it all -- Javier Colon, Dia Frampton, Vicci Martinez, or Beverly McClellan?
The season finale of The Voice, featuring a Dia Frampton's duet with Miranda Lambert, airs tonight at 8|7c on NBC.