Danielle Bradbery beat out rivals Michelle Chamuel and the Swon Brothers to emerge as the Season 4 winner of
"I don't give a crap, honestly, about a threepeat," Shelton had said early in the night, long before the results were revealed, insisting he was focused only on this year, when he again had two contestants in the final three.
Admirable sentiments, but perhaps not entirely believable. It's not hard to imagine how much Shelton is going to jocularly lord this unbroken streak over his fellow judges – and especially his bromantic partner
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After two hours filled with performances – by contestants current and returning and visiting celebs who ran the gamut from break-taking "Voice" coach
Who would take it? Would it be Bradbery, the silky-voiced, silky-haired 16-year-old from Cypress, Texas, who Shelton said was destined for big things in country music, and whom Levine had already tipped for the win? Would it be Massachusetts native Chamuel, whose big heart, solid vocals and bendy knees had won her many devoted fans? Or would it be the fraternal duo from Muskogee, Okla., the Swon Brothers, whose good humor and charm are on full display every time they appear on screen?
Going home third, Daly told us, were the Swon Brothers. I'm sure they're disappointed, but they at least left having shared the stage with musical icon Bob Seger.
That left Chamuel and Bradbery. They clung to each other. Shelton and Usher briefly reached across the chasm between their red chairs and clasped hands.
And the winner was … Bradbery. Though it had been all but written, Bradbery, who had until recently been just like any other kid singing in her room, the story line goes, had vaulted straight to the top. She, too, had sung with one of her favorite musicians, young Nashville star Hunter Hayes, during the long lead-up to the results. Now, she'd won the whole thing.
Asked for her reaction, the newly minted winner, so young, stammered, "I don't even know … I'm thankful," before saying, "I'm sorry. I'm speechless."
She tried to sing
No matter, now that she's taken flight, as she was born to do, we're sure we'll be hearing her voice for a long, long time.