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Published March 13 2012

Concert review: Winners of ‘The Voice,’ Fargo Star delight Fargo Theatre crowd

FARGO – It was a night of strong voices Tuesday at the Fargo Theatre.

Headliner Javier Colon, winner of NBC’s reality show/vocal showcase “The Voice,” wowed the near-capacity crowd with a mix of covers and original songs off his new album, “Come Through for You.”

Opening with a stripped-down, soulful version of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” Colon followed with a few new songs including “Raise Your Hand” and “Happy Sinner.”

Then, he covered Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” much to the delight of the crowd, which was clearly familiar with his performances from television.

“Time After Time” was what he sang when he first appeared on “The Voice.”

“The first time you saw me on ‘The Voice,’ that was the most nervous I’ve ever been,” he said, before describing how much his life has changed since winning the program.

Newly crowned “Fargo Star” Taylor Wall opened the night by singing Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel,” followed by Heart’s “Crazy for You” and ending with “Decode” by Paramore.

Wall, 17, from Breckenridge, Minn., said after her set that she wasn’t as nervous playing in front of the crowd as she thought she’d be.

She said Colon gave her some helpful advice before going on stage.

“He told me if music is what you want to do, you can’t be nervous about that,” she said.

Just as Colon talked about how winning “The Voice” had changed his life, Wall said her life has been a whirlwind ever since winning Fargo Star.

“It’s been crazy,” she said. “But it’s been a lot of fun.”

Reed Waddle, an acoustic songwriter from Florida, entertained the crowd with some mellow, toe-tapping tunes in his 20-minute set before Colon took the stage.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535