On Wednesday night, Javier Colon won the first season of NBC’s The Voice. It was a tight contest—only two percent separated him from first runner-up Dia Frampton. The singer, coached by Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, landed a recording contract with Universal Republic Records, $100,000 and a starring spot on the inaugural Voice tour. This Man of the Moment then tilted his cap and gave us words of wisdom for all guys, silver-throated or otherwise.

MM: Congrats! What’s your best advice for getting on a TV talent show?
JC: You’ve got to audition. You’ve got to go out, and you’ve got to sing the absolute best song that you have in your repertoire. Sing something that you feel best represents who you are as an artist. You’ve just got to be true to yourself.

MM: What item do you never leave home without, and why?
JC: My cell phone. Having my wife and kids 3000 miles away has always been difficult to me. And my golf clubs—I always try to make time to play!

MM: What’s your drink of choice after a tough day?
JC: I don’t drink alcohol, so it’s a club soda with a splash of cranberry and a lime. That’s my drink of choice, all night.

MM: You make hats look stylish. Good solution for a bad hair day?
JC: Absolutely. Just throw a cap on and you’ll feel good all day! Being that I’m bald, it’s not like I have a bad-hair day, but a cap makes a guy look good. I just love wearing caps. I’ve been wearing them for a long time.

MM: If one of our readers wants to write a song to win a girl’s heart, what should he do?
JC: I started writing songs for girls when I was in seventh grade. That’s actually how my songwriting started. I wanted this girl to go out with me, and I wrote a song called “Lost Without Your Love.” And it was horrible, but it got the job done! And then I became the balladeer of my little school. Speak from your heart, and if you’re trying to write a song for someone else, just tell them how you feel.

MM: What did being on the show teach you about being a better man?
JC: Everything I do is about my kids. My kids loved this process. That they believe in me is just so important to me. For them I always strive to be a better man. They loved watching the show every week. They loved rooting for Vicci. They love Vicci more than me, which is OK.

MM: Any parting words of wisdom?
JC: I’m a big believer in “What’s meant to be is meant to be.” I think everything happens for a reason. You just never know why things happen, so I try not to question them. I just try to pour my energy into what the next thing is, and that’s what I’m going to try to do here. I think that’s great advice. That and never, never give up…