With season 2 of “The Voice” premiering after the Super Bowl this weekend, Sister 2 Sister asked season 1 winner Javier Colon what advice he has for the new contestants.
“I would tell them to be prepared for a ride because it is stressful; it is emotional; it is scary at times, but it’s an awesome experience that will make you a better performer under pressure. There’s a lot of pressure,” Javier told S2S.
Javier got all four judges/coaches—Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine—to turn around when he sang “Time After Time” for the blind auditions. He chose to join Adam Levine’s team and quickly became the favorite.
The competition starts with blind auditions, for which judges have their backs to the stage and only turn around if the contestant’s voice is one that they want on their team. The contestant then joins the team of one of the four judges, who will be their mentor through the rest of the competition.
In phase two, contestants battle against their teammates and their coach picks the one who gets to stay. In phase three, the remaining contestants will compete against each other in live shows and the viewer audience gets to decide who goes home until each judge has one singer left.
Javier advises contestants to choose their songs wisely. “I would tell them to make sure every time they step out on stage that they’re singing the song that’s best for their voice. You get one chance every week and if you don’t do your best you might go home. Even if you do your best you might still go home if you get beat by someone else,” he warned.
Although the competition is fierce, Javier advises contestants to stick together. “You have to support your other contestants at the same time,” he said.
At the end of the day, this show is a chance to build relationships and gain respect as an artist. The large studio audience is made up of friends and family members as well as music industry insiders and potential fans from the general public.
Javier is still in touch with his coach Adam Levine. “I just saw Adam a couple of weeks ago. We were both in Vegas at the same time and we got together and got to hang out for a night, which was great. He’s been very much a part of things,” Javier said.
“When I was working in the studio we would talk and he would have advice. He’s a great mentor. He’s a great friend and I can turn to him and ask him stuff. It’s awesome to have him on your side.”
Javier is hoping to make an appearance on the new season to promote the album he released after his win last year, titled Come Through for You. He’ll be touring for the rest of the year.
Get more on Javier in the April 2012 issue of Sister 2 Sister.