Javier spoke to reporters today about his relationship with mentor Adam Levine, his journey on the show, and his plans for the future:
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What was going through your mind when you were standing next to Dia?
"At that moment I was expecting Carson to say, 'The winner of The Voice is Dia Frampton'. That's what I was preparing myself for. I didn't think I would win. I've been through so much in the business. This is probably not the greatest habit, but a habit of having either very low or no expectations at all based on what my past experience has been. In all honesty, Dia is absolutely amazing. She is an incredible person, an incredible artist, and if she had won, I would have been extremely happy for her and completely supported her and given her a hug and told her how much I love her. I really thought that's what was going to happen. When he said my name, I honestly was in shock. I couldn't believe that I had come so far and I actually won."
What does it mean to win The Voice?
"It means everything. It's a new life. It means that I get to support my family doing something that I love. It means stability for my family, hopefully not having to not pay one bill one month so I can pay another one that is more important or overdue. It means that I can take care of my wife and my babies, and that means the world to me."
Do you think you will work with Adam again in the future?
"Yes, absolutely. When we were at the wrap party we talked about getting in the studio and him producing a track, or at least us working on writing a song together. He had some ideas and he wanted to share them with me. I'm hoping we get to do that really soon. He's pretty busy with his upcoming touring schedule and things like that, so we'll try to get together in the next few weeks to try to work out something. Singing 'Man in the Mirror' with him was amazing and I thought our voices worked really well together. I look forward to getting together with him to make more music in the future."
Will you stay in touch with the other contestants?
"Absolutely. Throughout this whole process I have met folks who are just absolutely amazing. Even when we first started the journey and there were 70 or 80 of us... and especially most recently with the final four in Beverly, Dia and Vicci. I absolutely love them to death. I love them like sisters and we just shared a unique bond going through this experience together all wanting the same thing, which is just to be able to better our lives and do something we love so much, which is singing music and playing and sharing our music with the world. I'm sure we will be very close for a long time."
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How did you get along with Blake Shelton?
"He is awesome. I spoke to him at length last night, as well as with Miranda Lambert. They are such down to earth people. I absolutely love him. I say this with all the coaches, they are who you really see. Adam is the same way - a genuine, nice guy and what you see is what you get. I'm actually going to send Blake a couple of songs I've written that I want to get his feedback on. He welcomes everybody with open arms. Obviously his artist was Dia but he was friendly and genuine with all of us. He's just an amazing guy and it's great to have gotten the chance to meet him although I didn't get a chance to work with him."
What was it like performing with Stevie Nicks?
"I still am in shock that I got to perform with Stevie Nicks. Adam surprised me and told me that I would be singing with her and I just about lost it. I couldn't believe it. 'Landslide' was the song that either Adam chose or Stevie wanted to do, but I have a feeling Adam wanted that. She is such an icon and it's such a timeless, amazing song. I was so nervous going in and singing with her. We ran through it one time on the stage before we even stepped up to the microphones, standing in a circle with her and her guitar player and then we stepped up to the microphones and started and it really hit me when I looked to my left and saw her standing there looking back into my eyes intently and focused. I realised, 'Oh my God, I'm singing with Stevie Nicks right now!' I got a little emotional in the rehearsal because I couldn't believe I had this opportunity. There are so many accomplished artists that have been doing music professionally and successfully for years and years and they haven't had this opportunity. I felt very blessed in that moment and I will never forget that for as long as I live."
How did you handle all the speculation that you were going to win?
"I knew what the talk was and folks were calling me the 'frontrunner' or what have you, but it's not in my nature to let that even seep into my brain for a second. I knew how talented everybody was - or is - and I knew I had to go out there and perform my absolute best every week and if you don't you can be outsung or outperformed and go home, and even if you went out there and did your best, you could still be outsung or outperformed and go home. The fact people were saying things like that was really flattering but it didn't seep in at all. I knew what my task at hand was every week, and that was to focus on one song at a time, and go out there and perform that song to the best of my ability. That was the only thing in this competition that I myself could control. That was the goal. I know that folks were saying things like that, but I would just shut them off and say, 'Thanks, we have a long way to go' and that is where I left it."
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How has Adam prepared you for your newfound fame?
"He told me, 'Hold on for the ride man because it's going to be crazy!' We were standing at one point on the red carpet at the Warner Brothers lot, and they were snapping pictures and there were flashes everywhere you could look. He was like, 'Get used to it man because this is now your life'. I was like, 'Wow', it's something he's been living with for many years and all of a sudden I'm thrust into. Even in the things I've done in the past with Capitol Records, the awareness of me as an artist wasn't such that I couldn't walk around... Now I have done the show, and even before the live shows started when I was back home, people would recognise me and show me lots of support. He told me big things were coming and to brace myself and I'm doing just that."
How much control will you have over your album?
"My goal is to have as much creative control as possible, whether that's going to happen will be something that only time will tell, but I'm looking forward to working with the record company and I think they have the same artistic vision as I have - more so than in my previous situation. I'm looking forward to getting started on that process... The timetable is going to be September from what I was told."
Have you got any plans for what you will do on tour yet?
"We don't exactly know what the format will be or how many songs we will sing and all of those logistics yet but we know it will be the top eight of us on tour. It is going to be awesome. There will be some duets we get to do with each other, and we're going to sing some songs from the show as well as some you have not heard us perform yet. We'll have a great time and have the band that was on the show with us."
You had support from celebrities like Justin Bieber. Have you heard from him since the finale?
"I did not hear from Justin, but I have not checked my Twitter too much. I checked a little last night but there is so much to go through; I have not seen everything. He may have tweeted but honestly I'm not sure. [Tweeting his support for me] was really cool of him to do… I think we had Kim Kardashian tweet at one point earlier in the week too, and actually Pia Toscano from American Idol also tweeted her support for me which I thought was really nice… Adam Lambert was one of the first to send a nice tweet. He's very talented so I felt really happy to get that."
The Voice returns to NBC next year. The Top 8 finalists kick off The Voice summer tour at the Los Angeles Gibson Amphitheatre on July 27. Full details and ticket information is available on the official website
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