Will the winner of this season’s The Voice be a little bit country? Or whole lot indie rock?
The three remaining acts on the singing competition made it tough for voters on Monday, each turning out distinctive performances on the show’s energetic live final competition, which saw coaches Blake Shelton and Usher take heartfelt meetings with the artists and their families.
Predictions for the winner came directly from the judges themselves, with Adam Levine who quickly called it for Texas teen Danielle Bradbery, the show’s youngest competitor. At just 16, she covered hits by a host of Nashville’s powerhouse female singers including Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis and Sara Evans.
“I am insanely jealous of Blake for snagging you, from the beginning,” Levine teased. “Your voice is so unbelievably powerful and perfect. I think Danielle is the winner of this thing.”
Shelton, who coached not only Bradbery but the harmonizing Oklahoma duo, The Swon Brothers, didn’t disagree on her star power. “I think you are one of the most important artists we’ve ever seen walk across this stage on The Voice,” he said, noting he was grateful to share in the beginning of her success.
Whether Levine’s prognosticating comes true is another matter as Team Usher’s Michelle Chamuel proved yet again that she is prepared to step into the limelight as a confident rock artist.
While often described as quirky, she showed off elegance and grace, dressed in all-white, to perform Annie Lennox’s “Why.” The moody conversation of the song showcased Chamuel’s rarely seen tender side as she captured the soul of the haunting melody, a musical departure Shelton dubbed “refreshing.”
Though it was clear Chamuel owned the stage and crowd, Shakira offering a loving compliment about why she thinks the Massachusetts singer will no doubt be successful in music.
“I think people should know that you are a such a humble and sweet person,” Shakira said. “When you have humility on one side and talent on the other hand that makes the perfect recipe for long-term success. One thing is to conquer people’s hearts like you have done and the other is to stay in people’s hearts. You have done both things.”
The Swon Brothers, Colton and Zach, showing off sweet falsettos against their trademark harmonies, dug way back to 1979 to take on the Eagles’ soft rock hit “I Can’t Tell You Why.” The coaches agreed that while the talented brothers are indeed country artists, they have evolved this season, through their song choices and confidence, to showcase their crossover potential.
“All that I think is missing is the third Bee Gee,” Usher quipped.
Shakira agreed. “This falsetto quite suits you very well. I think what you have that is so special is that universal appeal. You are straight country but people like me like you.”
The winner will be announced on Tuesday’s final show.