The Voice 2013 – Finale Performances and Results

Update: Results

So, the winner was Danielle Bradbery. Is anyone surprised? I’m certainly not – I think I called a Danielle win from one of her first performances.

I’m not unhappy that Danielle won. I think she has a lovely, effortlessly clear and pretty voice. I think she will and should have a great career in country music. She was just a little dull on this show – she’s inexperienced and still pretty stiff on stage, and the songs Blake chose for her were never surprising or challenging.

This is the third consecutive win for Blake Shelton, out of four total seasons. He’s won with a male R&B singer, a female pop/rock/country singer, and a classic country gal. Is he winning because he’s the most poplar coach? It’s starting to look that way to me.

What do you guys think?

Original Post

When I started watching this season of The Voice, I was pretty optimistic. There were some seriously talented singers, the song choices are more current than on Idol, and I love the production quality of the performances.

But over the past few weeks, most of my favorites got eliminated. The three we’re left with – Danielle Bradberry, Michelle Chamuel and The Swon Brothers, are just OK. I know people love Michelle, but I’m on the fence about her. I like her because she performs cheesy pop songs that I love (and she sings them very well), but I don’t know that her voice is that spectacular. Danielle is very good, but her performances got monotonous and her stage presence is stiff. And well, The Swon Brothers seem like nice guys, but I thought they were the weakest act on the show weeks ago.

The problem with these three is, looking back on the season, I don’t have a favorite performance from any of them. I had favorite performances from Sasha, Amber and Judith.

That aside, who should win? I really liked Michelle’s performance of “Why” by Annie Lennox. But didn’t she start off a song by singing into a mirror once before? I thought that was weird. None of the other solo performances impressed me as much as this one, and I’ve liked Michelle all along. So I’m rooting for her to win.

I quite liked the group performance of “Home” though, and I’d never heard that song before. It was cute.

I think Danielle is very good, and probably should be a country star. She’s got the look and the voice. But she needs more practice on stage, because she doesn’t sing with enough passion or energy. It can come across a little robotic. I won’t be mad if Danielle wins, and I think she probably will – country music dominated the show this season. But I don’t think she’s as confident a performer as Michelle.

What do you guys think? Who should win?

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