'The Voice' Finale Recap: Blake Shelton’s Singer Danielle Bradbery Wins
Danielle Bradbery won The Voice season four competition, giving coach Blake Shelton a three-peat Tuesday night.
The show began with a rousing performance of “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull and former The Voice coach – returning next season – Christina Aguilera. Pitbull and Aguilera brought the excited crowd to its feet with the dance-club beat.
Each artist had a “Bring Back Performance” in which they performed with eliminated contestants. The Swon Brothers (Zach Swon and Colton Swon) were up first. They brought back Justin Chambers and Holly Tucker of Team Shelton, as well as coach Adam Levine’s latest fallen artist, Amber Carrington – who they felt belonged on Team Shelton. All together, they performed a fun rendition of Lady Antebellum’s “Stars Tonight.”
Next, Michelle Chamuel of Team Usher performed with OneRepublic on their song “Counting Stars.” The performance melded well – it was an easy and enjoyable listen.
Following the performance was the first of several goofy videos played in the finale. Usher has been known for his unusual coaching tactics this season, and in the video Shelton mimicked them, adding his own goofy touch.
After the video, Florida Georgia Line and Nelly performed their summer rock anthem, “Cruise.”
Fallen artists Garrett Gardner, Kris Thomas, – both Team Shakira – Josiah Hawley, and Vedo – both Team Usher – performed the Temptations classic “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg.” A retro and soulful rendition, they reminded the audience of why they loved them in the first place.
The second Bring Back Performance belonged to Bradbery, who brought back all Team Levine girls – Carrington, Caroline Glaser, and Sarah Simmons. They delivered a cute and catchy performance of Carrie Underwood’s “All-American Girl”
Next came the second round of goofy confessionals, where all the judges and remaining contestants made fun of each other and themselves.
Pop/R&B artist Bruno Mars performed “Treasure” next. A disco-infused dance number, Mars excited the audience.
The Swon Brothers then got to fulfill a lifelong dream – performing alongside country legend Bob Seger. Singing the classic “Night Moves,” the Swon Brothers proved themselves worthy of performing with Seger. All three connected to the song and delivered a heartfelt performance.
The next video clip began by teasing Shakira for her strong accent. It turned the teasing onto the other coaches, however, when they were challenged to spell some of the more complicated words she used (“diaphanous” and “juxtaposition,” for example). They, for the most part, couldn’t do it.
Four fallen female artists performed next. Judith Hill (Team Adam), Cathia (Team Usher), Katrina Iglesias and Sasha Allen (Team Shakira) performed a soulful rendition of En Vogue’s “My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It).”
The next celebrity performance was country artist Hunter Hayes. He sang his single “I Want Crazy” with a star struck Bradbery. The two delivered a fun and flirty performance.
Chamuel had the last Bring Back Performance. She reunited Team Usher by bringing back Hawley, Vedo and Cathia. They performed the Stevie Wonder version of the Beatles hit “We Can Work It Out.” The R&B infused rendition worked well for the unusual tones of Team Usher. A fun, uptempo performance, Usher rushed the stage after the song ended to hug them all. As homage to their coach, all four singers wore Usher’s signature bright red shoes.
Then came the final confessional, in which Usher, Shelton, and their contestants were asked – “What would it mean to win.” Not to spoil anything, but the responses were emotional and heartfelt, and left their coaches choked up.
The final performance of the night was by Cher. She performed – in punk dress – her new single, “Woman’s World.” The song, with heavy bass and fast beats, got the audience re-wired for the next and final portion of the show – the announcement of this year’s winner of The Voice.
Host Carson Daly announced that the Swon Brothers had come in third place, leaving Chamuel and Bradbery in the top two. With Shelton and Usher squeezing each other’s hands in anticipation, Daly then declared Bradbery – the youngest contestant this season – the winner, putting Chamuel in second place.
After her family, past contestants and the coaches came on stage, Daly handed her the microphone to perform “Born To Fly” by Sara Evans – the song she sang in the final performances Monday night. However, she was too overcome with emotion and faltered, breaking down crying before too long.
With her win, Shelton has now won three out of four seasons of The Voice (Levine won the first season), a great present for his 37th birthday, which was, incidentally, on Tuesday.
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