The Voice Review: And the Winner Is . . .
On this week’s finale of The Voice, our final three acts – Michelle Chamuel, Danielle Bradbery, and the Swon Brothers – performed three songs each. One new song, one with their coach, and one song they’ve done before. There were ups and downs, but overall it made for a good night of music. Let’s break it down, shall we?
Danielle Bradbery – For her repeat song, Danielle performed “Maybe it was Memphis,” which was a great, great decision. This was her best performance of the season, and it was just as good the second time. It reminded me why I love this girl, and wow she is talented. For her duet, Danielle and Blake did “Timber, I’m Falling in Love.” It sounded great – their voices go very well together – though seeing them sing together was a little strange. I mean, she’s sixteen, he’s not, love song . . . a little weird. But from a purely musical perspective, it was one of my favorite performances. Like I said, their voices complimented each other well. Her new song was “Born to Fly” by Sara Evans. For me, this was her weakest of the night. It was still great, but it just felt very similar to other performances she’s done in the past. Not bad, but not a stand out.
Michelle Chamuel – Michelle’s repeat was “I Knew You Were Trouble” which was a good choice. It was really recent, but it was one of her best performances, and the repeat was really good. Love seeing her rock this song out. For her duet, Michelle and Usher sang U2′s “One.” I really, really liked this. I wasn’t sure what I expected these two to do together. They’re styles are so different. But they really did sound great together in a totally unexpected way. I’d love to hear them work together again, honestly. For her new song, Michelle sang Annie Lennox’s “Why” and dude, this was awesome. The performance, for one thing, was really cool to watch, and the song was a great choice for Michelle. It was a highlight of the night and of her run on the show. A perfect reminder of why we love her. She killed it.
Swon Brothers – Their repeat song was “Danny’s Song.” It was good, just like it was last week, but it was pretty much the same. I wish they’d done something else, but it wasn’t bad. For their duet (or, uh, trio? Hmm) the boys and Blake sang “Celebrity” by Brad Paisley. It didn’t sound bad, though this wouldn’t have been my pick. Also, the irony of singing a song about being on a reality show and being famous but not talented? Anyone? Anyway, I liked it, but it felt weak compared to the other performances of the night. And, for their new song, the boys sang the Eagles’ “I Can’t Tell You Why.” I love the Eagles and I think these boys could do the Eagles proud, but this song just wasn’t the right fit, in my opinion. It didn’t fit the Swon Brothers’ sound. At least not the sound we’ve gotten used to. It just felt off, so I wasn’t thrilled by this one.
In a victory that surprised no one, Danielle Bradbery won this season of The Voice. Michelle Chamuel was the runner up, and the Swon Brothers came in third.
I really liked this season as a whole. Maybe not as exciting as last season, but still it was fun. And the addition of Usher and Shakira brought a new freshness to it that it needed. I’m going to miss them next season when Christina and Cee Lo return.
What did you think of this season? What did you think of Danielle being crowned the winner? Do you think she’ll have a singing career after this? Tell us in the comments.
Season 4, Episode 25 and 26: Live Final Performances and Live Finale (originally aired June 17 and 18, 2013)
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The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays 8p.m. on NBC.
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