- - Thursday, June 30, 2011

Javier Colon crowned winner of ‘The Voice’

Soulful crooner Javier Colon was crowned the inaugural winner of “The Voice,” NBC’s new singing contest.

Mr. Colon triumphed over three other finalists when the audience vote was announced on Wednesday’s live season finale, according to the Associated Press. He will receive a $100,000 prize and a recording contract.

A slim 2 percent margin separated Mr. Colon from second-place finisher, Dia Frampton, 23, of St. George, Utah, host Carson Daly said. The other finalists were Vicci Martinez, 26, of Tacoma, Wash., and Beverly McClellan, 41, of Virginia and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“Wow, thank you,” a stunned-looking Mr. Colon said as confetti rained down on him. “The three women behind me are absolutely awesome, and it was a pleasure to be here with them.”

“The Voice” featured pop stars Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as “coaches” for the contestants. In a twist on the talent-show format, the contestants initially were picked sight unseen based on their voices.

Mr. Colon was coached by the frontman for Maroon 5, Mr. Levine, who lifted his arms in victory when Mr. Colon’s name was announced and then rushed onstage to hug him.

Based on a Dutch series, “The Voice” proved a much-needed ratings hit for NBC and will return to the network’s lineup. The next season’s casting call is under way at NBC’s website.

Sam Donaldson’s ranch burning in N.M. fires

A wildfire burning on part of a southern New Mexico ranch owned by veteran newsman Sam Donaldson is forcing residents to evacuate, the Associated Press reports.

The fire nearly tripled in size over the day Tuesday to more than 43,000 acres Wednesday and is burning in steep terrain.

Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies and staff with the New Mexico Livestock Board are helping residents and their animals evacuate the Alamo Canyon area. Residents were advised the day before to be prepared to leave.

The wildfire is believed to have been caused by lightning.

‘Sex and the City’s‘ Cattrall making return to Broadway

Kim Cattrall soon will be sipping cocktails on a Broadway stage.

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