One finalist sweeps the media's picks for Season 4 champ
NBC's "The Voice" will crown another winner on Tuesday night's finale.
Season 4's three finalists — Daniellle Bradbury, Michelle Shamuel and The Swon Brothers — battled it out for the title on Monday's performance finale episode.
Before the performances, coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Shakira and Usher performed The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends." The Top 16 then got together for the second group performance of the night on Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros' "Home."
The finalists were able to win over the audience's votes with three songs: one that represented their "defining moment" on the show, a duet and a new tune.
Who won you (and your votes) over? That's for you to decide, but who took the prize in the opinions of those who cover the show?
Newsday writer Glen Gamboa made sure there was no confusion as to who he believes will win. The article headline reads, "Danielle Bradbery set to win."
"The 16-year-old country singer from Texas who made her first public performance at the show's blind auditions, will, barring some sort of miracle, win the season," Gamboa wrote of the Team Blake Shelton member. "She deserves it – in that way that any artist so obviously instilled with natural talent deserves their successes.
"Today" contributor Craig Berman felt the deck was stacked in Bradbery's favor all night. "It's pretty clear who the show hopes will be crowned the champion on Tuesday," he wrote.
Nevertheless, he felt that Usher team member Michelle Chamuel's performance of Annie Lennox's "Why" was the most memorable of the night. But, that may not be enough.
"But for “The Voice,” range isn't as important as genre," Berman said. "Though Usher did his part by having Michelle reprise Taylor Swift‘s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” she's an indie-rock girl in a country competition, and that likely means a runner-up finish and a front-row seat for Danielle's coronation Tuesday."
TVLine's Michael Slezak agreed with Berman that there was some inequity in the order of the night's performances.
"Chew on this: The Swon Brothers’ final competitive performance tonight ended with a full 42 minutes left of airtime," he said. "Mark Burnett & Co. might as well have introduced ‘em with a dismissive, 'Hey, America, it's the opening act for tonight's main event…put your hands together for Zach and Colton…whatever their names are!'"
In the end, Slezak said that Chamuel should win while Danielle Bradberry will win. " I'm #TeamMichelle, but I understand the appeal of her rivals – even if, deep down, I know it's Danielle Bradbery's Powerball ticket, and the rest of us just have to hope she stimulates the economy and it trickles down to us," he said.
BuddyTV senior writer John Kubicek broke down the reasons each of the acts should win over the other. In the end, though, he definitely made shared his own verdict.
"As much as I want Michelle Chamuel to win, I predict Danielle Bradbery will be the winner of 'The Voice' Season 4," he said. "Blake Shelton is just too powerful and she's sold too many songs on iTunes."
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For my part, I've been watching the season with great interest and the only act that really kept my attention all season is Chamuel. She never disappoints and she's absolutely consistent week in and week out. Plus, her mix of indie rock and pop rock appeals most to my sensibilities.
And while I see the appeal of Bradberry for Americans and my colleagues have certainly figure out which way the wind is blowing on this one, it gives me the opportunity to throw my support to someone I think deserves the win.
Do you agree with the experts?
"The Voice" results finale will air Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NBC.