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NBC's 'The Voice' crowns a Season 4 winner

10:25 PM, Jun 18, 2013   |    comments
Contestant Danielle Bradbery attends NBC's 'The Voice' Season 4 Red Carpet Event at the House of Blues Sunset Strip on May 8, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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(USA Today) -- Danielle Bradbery is The Voice.

The 16-year-old country singer from Cypress, Texas, triumped in the fourth-season finale of the NBC singing competition, winning the viewer vote Tuesday over the other two finalists: 26-year-old Michelle Chamuel and the Swon Brothers, Colton, 24, and Zach, 27. Chamuel finished second and the Swon Brothers finished third.

The victory by Bradbery, the youngest singer to win The Voice, represents the third triumph in four seasons for a member of coach Blake Shelton's team.

Bradbery sang Sara Evans' Born to Fly, which she performed on Monday's performance finale, to close the show.

The country presence was strong in this season's finale, represented by Bradbery and the Swon Brothers, the show's most successful duo to date. Both finalists were under the tutelage of country artist Shelton.

The two-hour finale featured a range of musical stars, including Cher, who performed Woman's World, the first single of her upcoming album of the same name.

Pitbull and Christina Aguilera opened the show with a duet and, in a creative pairing, country's Florida Georgia Line and hip-hop's Nelly performed together. Bruno Mars sang his newest single, Treasure, which was taped before the recent death of his mother.


The finalists got their chance to perform with the stars, too. Bob Seger, joined by the Swon Brothers, performed his hit, Night Moves. Hunter Hayes and Bradbery sang a duet of I Want Crazy.

The Voice switched coaching gears this season, with Usher and Shakira taking over for original coaches Aguilera and CeeLo Green. The two were well received.

Aguilera and Green, who appeared in the first three seasons, will rejoin the show for the its fifth cycle this fall, with Usher and Shakira coming back for the sixth edition. Coaches Shelton and Adam Levine, who have been on the show from the start, will be back for the fifth and sixth seasons.

The Voice audience is down 1% for Season 4, with an average of 12.4 million viewers, but it beat Fox's longtime juggernaut American Idol among advertiser-coveted young adults. Idol still draws more viewers, but it has experienced sharp erosion over the last two seasons.

The singing competition, which stands out for its blind auditions and spinning red chairs, is produced by Mark Burnett.


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