A version of this story will appear in Wednesday’s The Oklahoman.
Team Blake’s Danielle Bradbery wins “The Voice”
Oklahoma country music superstar earned his third straight win as a coach on the hit reality TV show, while his fellow Oklahomans, Muskogee duo The Swon Brothers, finished in third place.
But it was 16-year-old Texas crooner Danielle Bradbery, the youngest contestant on the hit reality show’s fourth season, who earned Shelton the win rather than his fellow Oklahomans The Swon Brothers.
Muskogee’s The Swon Brothers, the most successful duo in the NBC singing contest’s history, finished in third place at the end of the two-hour live finale. Pop-rocker Michelle Chamuel, representing R&B/hip-hop hit-maker Usher’s team, was the Season 4 runner-up.
Zach and Colton Swon got a big consolation prize during the finale when they got to perform the 1976 ballad “Night Moves” with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Seger, whose “Turn the Page” the brothers covered earlier in the season. Chamuel belted with Tulsa native Ryan Tedder’s band OneRepublic, while Bradbery sang with country up-and-comer Hunter Hayes.
Cher, Bruno Mars, Florida Georgia Line with Nelly and returning “The Voice” coach Christina Aguilera with Pitbull also performed on the finale.
“Man, this has been the most incredible ride that I’ve ever been on, and honestly there couldn’t have been a better coach in the world. We got closer, your friendship means a lot, and we got to sing with Bob Seger tonight,” Zach Swon told Shelton just before host Carson Daly revealed they had finished third out of the Top 3.
“You’ve been a brother to us,” Colton Swon added.
Bradbery also praised Shelton as an amazing person who had taught her so much. The teen’s blind audition on the show marked her first major performance, and under Shelton’s tutelage, her confidence and vocal prowess improved each week.
“I’m so thankful. I’m sorry, I’m speechless,” Bradbery said as she was named the winner, joining Jermaine Paul and Cassadee Pope as previous Team Blake victors.
As “The Voice,” Bradbery receives the grand prize of a recording contract.
To read my live blog of the Season 4 finale, click here.