The Voice Season 4 'Live Finals' Recap: Who Should (and Will) Win It All? [Updated]

Michelle Chamuel Why The Voice - Season 4The battle lines have all been drawn and the fandoms have been essentially locked in for several weeks now on Season 4 of The Voice. So the question entering tonight’s Live Finals was this: Would (or could) any voters be swayed to switch allegiance?

The question exiting it, though, was quite different: Why did one of the three competing acts get a hefty advantage by scoring two out of the last three solo performance slots on the telecast? (Spoiler alert: It wasn’t The Swon Brothers or a member of Team Usher.)

Look, I know Danielle Bradbery is as easy a sell to country radio as sauvignon blanc to a reality TV recapper warm milk to a hungry 1-year-old, but the Live Finals were so imbalanced, I swear my TV tilted four inches to the right by the time the telecast came to an end. You think I’m exaggerating? Chew on this: The Swon Brothers’ final competitive performance tonight ended with a full 42 minutes left of airtime. 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!”

OK, OK, I’ll quit with the conspiracy theorizing now. Because, ultimately, the final night of Season 4 voting comes down to a choice among apples, oranges and kiwis. Or, rather, a fast-food burger joint, a backyard barbeque and an avant garde urban trattoria.

Danielle allows Blake and his country fans to have it their way — midtempo, twangy love songs made with a quarter pound of lean beef and cooked the same exact way every time. She’s a monument to consistency, to assembly-line efficiency and to the American dream. (Hey, if Blake can call her “without a doubt, one of the strongest vocalists on Earth, surely I’m allowed such a flight of fancy.)

The Swons’ performances may sometimes come out a little undercooked or occasionally overcharred, but the food’s not really the point. They’re about beers and bonfires and laughter with friends and family — and their understanding of their own limitations and broad appeal has allowed them to ingratiate themselves into the hearts and minds of the voting public. They’re the ultimate answer to the question, “Which act would I want to join me on the couch to watch The Voice?”

And then there’s Michelle: All Chilean sea bass with avocado foam, wasabi mashed potatoes and haricot vert with a soy demi-glaze. She’s a rarity, an aquired taste, a special (and expensive) night out — but with Usher lending his name to the joint, it’s become the place to be for lights, psychos, Furbies, screaming babies in Mozart wigs, sunburnt drifters with soapsuds beards voters who want something out of the ordinary.

Me? 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.

Can we pause for my favorite exchange of the night?

Usher: We’re humans being, not just humans doing.
Carson Daly: That should be on a cocktail napkin.

With that, let’s cut to my letter grades for tonight’s performances (I’ll update this recap with more detailed reviews overnight):

The Swon Brothers (New Song): The Eagles’ “I Can’t Tell You Why” | Yeah, maybe it’s a little odd that The Swon Brothers tackled their second Eagles track this season, but if you’re gonna ping ’em on those grounds, then you’d have to do the same to Michelle (two Cyndi Lauper and two Pink covers apiece) and Danielle (two each by Carrie Underwood, Pam Tillis and Sara Evans). And the truth of the matter is, “I Can’t Tell You Why” is a terrific piece of ear candy that stretched Zach’s muscular instrument into falsetto territory and allowed the guys to show off their seriously improved harmonies. My only complaint is that considering Zach declared his intent to infuse the tune with “an extra little spark of special” — not to mention that both Colton and Zach play instruments — I’d hoped they’d try to do something (anything, really) to color outside the lines, move the song away from the karaoke bar and toward a future as risk-taking artists with a real point of view. Yeah, I know, I’m tragicomically optimistic. “I Can’t Tell You Why” was pretty solid in spite of all that, though. Grade: B+

Michelle Chamuel (Encore ‘Defining Moment’): Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” | I’m typically not a fan of repeat performances on reality singing competitions — it’s nearly impossible to recreate  magic once it’s out of the hat — but I’d be lying if I didn’t point out that Michelle actually upped her game on “IKYWT 2.0,” nailing the lower notes on the verse in a way that eluded her the first time around, while still keeping alive a raucous, uptempo energy that was missing for most of the night/season. Michelle’s air-punch, “throw down the mic” move at the end had me hooting and hollering right along with a studio full of folks who channeled 11-year-old girls surrounding a One Direction tour bus. Grade: A-

Danielle Bradbery and Blake Shelton (Mentor Duet): Patty Loveless’ “Timber, I’m Falling in Love” | Handy rule of thumb: If you’re a full-grown, married male coach on The Voice, you probably shouldn’t choose to duet with your 16-year-old female protégé on a song that has her looking into your eyes and delivering lyrics like, “The right body, the right face/Timber, I’m falling in love.” No wonder Danielle mumbled her way through the opening verse, a faint look of dread in her eyes, then went surprisingly flat on parts of the chorus. The coaches didn’t provide any feedback on the night’s duets, and thank heavens: If Adam had made some kind of unfortunate joke about Miranda Lambert needing to watch her back, I would’ve crawled under my couch, turned into a dustball and prayed for the roar of the vacuum cleaner to drown it all out. If anything, though,”Timber, I’m Falling…” taught us it often takes more than a bell-clear tone and an unrelenting eagerness to be worthy of the “mission accomplished” message Blake conveyed; old-fashioned life experience, deep understanding of a lyric and an ability to convey its message count just as much — if not more. Grade: C

The Swon Brothers (Encore ‘Defining Moment’): Loggins and Messina’s “Danny’s Song” | On paper, this choice seemed like a head-scratcher: Why choose to reprise the same exact song you just had a fairly big moment with only seven days prior? In practice, “Danny’s Song” was even more inscrutable. For starters, I’m 99 percent certain Zach either missed his cue or botched his lyrics (or both) coming out of the first chorus, when he mumbled something along the lines of “It was a summer night/ And I know I love my wife.” Say what now? And while Usher’s comment that he’d “disappeared for a moment” mid-performance was spun as a positive, I have to admit I could relate a little, as the familiarity of the cover — and the lack of a fresh new twist or arrangement — left me with a lingering sense of ennui. Wouldn’t it have been cool if the Swons had given the band a break, and chosen to strip the song all the way down — just to Zach’s piano and Colton’s guitar? See what we end up missing out on when a coach gets rewarded for playing it safe all season? Grade: B-

Michelle Chamuel (New Song): Annie Lennox’s “Why” | I loved how Usher’s sole remaining vocalist kicked off Annie Lennox’s monster solo hit by singing into what looked like a mirror, until her reflection stopped moving its lips on the phrase “keep your big mouth shut.” Whoa! Please tell me I’m not the only one who didn’t realize that was a video screen — or that I’m the only one who dug it. But enough about the special effects: Michelle’s voice was in gloriously good form as she hit all those tricky notes and conversational phrases — while managing to put a more hopeful, less manic spin on the lyrics. By the time she hit the lines “This is the book I never read/ These are the words I never said,” I could feel a chill spread across my shoulders and down every hair on my arms. (I’d yell “Goosies!!!” but J.Lo made the phrase illegal back in Season 10 of American Idol.) In all seriousness, though, Michelle was so deeply under the song’s skin and so consistently on pitch that she may have found a small crack in the window that allows her to win the whole thing. Yeah, I know, probably not, but these are the dreams I’ll dream instead anyhow. Grade: A+

The Swon Brothers and Blake Shelton (Mentor Duet): Brad Paisley’s “Celebrity” | If I’m being honest, Zach and Colton and Blake sounded perfectly fine (albeit rather ordinary), but the song choice was the equivalent of going for a field goal when you’re down by 21 points with three minutes left on the clock. Maybe the boys knew they were destined for third place and thought it’d be clever to tackle a country hit about the perils of life in the reality TV era? (Oh, Blake, I never can tell if you’re the most self-aware dude on network television today or if you have no self-awareness whatsoever.) I’d have given this a B+ or A- if the Swons had said when they wrapped, “Don’t waste any votes on us. We’re never gonna win the whole enchilada, but we’ll be opening for Blake or Rascal Flatts or whoever in the latter part of 2013, right?” Oh how I miss crazy, bracing honesty — I can’t tell a lie.  Grade: B

Danielle Bradbery (Encore ‘Defining Moment’): Pam Tillis’ “Maybe It Was Memphis” | Is it wrong that I found myself aggravated by the way the camera person shot part of this performance from behind Blake’s bopping head — the better to drive home the notion, “If you heart Blake, then aw shucks you should heart/vote for his favorite contestant ever!” And if that wasn’t enough, even Carson Daly had to jump on the critique wagon and tell her she was “really something special” before turning it over to the judges. I know, I know, I sound like a total harpie, especially because Danielle’s lilting, wholesome, “butterflies fluttering over a meadow” tone is a perfect 12-point fingerprint match for Pam Tillis’ sentimental midtempo love song. The only things that detracted from the number were Danielle’s slightly mechanical use of the stage — the way she climbed atop that staircase looked more like a matter of programming than anything natural or spontaneous — and the way certain specific lines and phrases (i.e. “Read about you in a Faulkner novel/ Met you once in a Williams’ play”) were rendered almost meaningless in her hands. I mean, do you think Danielle even knows who Tennesee Williams is, or what his Southern Gothic aesthetic was all about? From the way she sang those lines, I’m guessing not. Then again, maybe the purity of her vocals makes such a question invalid in the first place? I don’t know. You tell me. Grade: B

Michelle Chamuel and Usher (Mentor Duet): U2’s “One” | Call me a softie, but I got a little lump in my throat witnessing the energy exchange between coach and pupil during this performance — the way Usher extended his hand toward Michelle, and she reached back and clutched his fingers; the way Usher got down in a Chamuel Squat to pay homage to her signature stage move; the way both of their faces lit up when one of ’em sang the wrong phrase before coming together in unison on “we’ve got to carry each other.” Yeah, initially the sound mix on Michelle’s mic appeared to be wildly out of whack, but once that got ironed out, this really did turn into a case of the sum being even greater than its parts. I can say without exaggeration that Usher and Michelle are responsible for my favorite coach-contestant relationship in four seasons of Voice history; now here’s hoping the Mutual Admiration Society continues to meet — and make music — once the season is done. Grade: A

Danielle Bradbery (New Song): Sara Evans’ “Born to Fly” | There was something so old-school and quaint about the set for Danielle’s performance — the stone walkway, the white wooden arch covered in ivy, the picturesque trees in the background — that it was giving me serious Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters variety-show vibes. And that’s rather fitting, since Danielle has a set of pipes on her that — utilized properly — can turn back time and find a way to transport listeners to a simpler, more relaxed time and place. When Danielle’s voice opened up on the chorus, and the energetic fiddler broke it all the way down, I could understand Blake’s fascination with this wholesome kid who’s like a perfect block of marble that’s slowly being transformed into something that could be timeless and inspirational. Stylistically, I might prefer Michelle’s brand of jagged modernism, but I can’t say I don’t understand what movtivates folks to download Danielle’s music in droves, either. Grade: A-

Should win: Michelle
Will win: Danielle

And with that, let me turn things over to you. What did you think of Season 4 Live Finals? What did you think of the coaches’ comments? Who will win it all? And who should win it all? Take our polls below, then sound off in the comments, and for all my Voice-related news, recaps, interviews and videos, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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  1. Danny says:

    What an awesome show. I thought Michelle did a lot better on Taylor’s song this time around. I don’t care for the song from Taylor, but Michelle’s version I liked tonight. I thought the Swon Brothers were good. Danielle and Blake’s song I’d never heard before, but I really enjoyed it.

    Round 1 I’d go Danielle, Swon Brothers (mainly because I like the Eagles a lot more than Taylor Swift), tthen Michelle. I thought she did a real nice job too. To say someone is 3rd in a 3 person race can come off like I didn’t like it. I don’t mean it that way at all. I enjoyed all these 3 wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy more than anything I’ve heard on AI all year long. So I’m coming at it from that perspective. Plus, I think Michelle won the next 2 rounds.

    Round 2 I loved Michelle’s mirror trick. Great singing too. Round 2 I’d go Michelle, Danielle, Swon Brothers. Same thing as above in that I thought the Swon Brothers were really good. Just the other 2 were better.

    Round 3 I’d go w/ Michelle, Danielle, Swon Brothers.

    All 9 were enjoyable songs. I’d go w/ Michelle overall for the night, but may the best act win it. I’m fine w/ any of them winning.

    Even “Home” the group song they all did. They did it in a way that wasn’t cheesy. A lil tidbit on that song. The first time I ever heard it I was driving through Indiana. I got home and for the life of me couldn’t find it on an internet search. So I searched the radio station’s down there, and wrote to the manager. I described the song as best I could. He wrote me back and told me what it was. That was a pretty cool experience to find out in that kind of way what a song was. The Voice here took me back down memory lane.

    ps: I don’t really read the tweets the scroll on the bottom. Knowing Bob Seger tweeted something, now I’ve gotta go back and find it

    • Justin says:

      You are so far up the Voice’s butt its not even funny.

      • Danny says:

        The idea is to enjoy a show. I did. I’m glad ya didn’t see my posts on AI this year. I disliked all but 2 episodes. When a show knocks it out of the park like the Voice this season, I’ll take it.

        • Justin says:

          The Voice didn’t knock it out of the park this season, there was barely any diversity in the finals and the talent isn’t as good as idol’s USUALLY is. If these same contestants were on idol, you would have hated it. You are just biased against idol.

          • Dan (Haleyloony) says:

            Let’s all just agree to disagree.

          • Danny says:

            @Justin- How am I biased against Idol? This year’s AI wasn’t any good. Last year I liked the top 7. The year before was my favorite singer in any of these competitions. This year’s Voice was right up there w/ last year’s Idol + Season 8 Idol.

            I want performances I enjoy. This years Voice gave that. A whole lot of them. From the top 8 on down I’ve liked em all. To me that’s a good season. There were a bunch of songs- mainly the country ones- that I’d never heard before and enjoyed.

            Maybe you’d be better off posting on the “I love Nikki Minage” board. That seems to be more your speed.

          • Tyler says:

            I’m with Justin. I didn’t care for idol this past season, AND I don’t care for this season of The Voice either. I think reality singing competitions in the U.S. have run their course. I didn’t care for Idol because of the lopsided contestants, useless judges and same old-same old songs. The main reason I don’t care for The Voice is because I AM SICK AND TIRED OF BLAKE’S HYPERBOLIC STATEMENTS! How the heck is Danielle an IMPORTANT artist?! What–by her appearing on an reality singing competition makes her IMPORTANT?!! Give me a freaking break, Blake. I mean, would he be saying these things if Danielle was on someone else’s team? In other words, I didn’t care for this season of The Voice because of Blake’s hyperbolic statements, and the stupid song choices by Adam.

    • Dan (Haleyloony) says:

      Even though I want (!!!) Michelle to win, I will not be upset if the other to win. Hopefully, in a season in which a lot of talent was eliminated early (or earlier than they should have), Michelle, who I think was the best, will win!

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        @Dan(Haleyloony) – I thought Michelle was great. I love how Michael is so totally biased when it comes to Michelle. It cracks me up. When I was watching the show, I thought – I wouldn’t mind if the Swons or Danielle won. I get why people like them. Heck, I like them. I thought all of the contestants brought the A-game tonight and they were pretty evenly-matched. It will come down to personal music tastes and I do believe Blake’s team will split the vote. Good news for Michelle, perhaps? So it will be interesting to see who wins…

        • The Beach says:

          While I agree with you that everyone did well tonight, I thought Michelle’s “Why” (love the song and Lennox) was far and away the performance of the night.

      • lucy27lucy says:

        I am off to the hearing doctor then. I almost always agree with Michael’s AI recap and grading with a few exceptions…but this year on the Voice, I could not be further off from what appears on this board’s fascination with Michelle. I appreciate her story, her emotional connection with both the music and fans, her on-stage presence and individuality and especially the energy she brings. What I cannot appreciate is her vocals, I find very little talent in the vocal ability of course, compared to others on competition shows, not the general population!). She has very limited range and when she needs to go emotional, she just slows it down and gets very quiet, which shows more holes in her tone. Trying to sing Why…I ask Why?? Covering one of the greatest female vocalists ever…I listened AGAIN on iTunes and could not find anything redeeming about the effort…VOCALLY. Enjoy the performances and gimmick, she will not be recording anything. Im sure she would be a lot of fun in a small venue live performance, which I think she will be relegated to. A ton of fans out there will show up, for sure. But unless I’m told I have 80% hearing loss next week, I don’t see the lovefest here…haven’t felt it all season. Please MC fans, what is the giant attraction MUSICALLY?

        • Nephtalia says:

          I have not commented much, but I don’t get how can someone that wanted Candice to win so bad cause of her vocal prowess is giving A to MICHELLE on a show called THE VOICE. Michelle’s voice is the worst I heard on any reality singing competition ever. I think Lazaro was better honestly. I agree Danielle is being overpimp. But, she actually has the voice and the appeal to back it up. I personally thought Micheal would back Sasha more. She had the vocal prowess he like, but Michelle Smh.

    • Jones says:

      I find it hard to hear Michelle’s voice most of the time it gets lost in the background music and kind of sounds like half a word sometimes. Don’t know if that is her fault or the background, but she is definately not crisp and clear like Danielle and the Swon brothers

    • matt says:

      Always enjoy your comments Danny I always read Slezak’s excellent blog and then your excellent comments, then I just skim throught the rest of the comments. I am not as neutral as you though, I’m hoping Michelle can somehow pull off a miracle upset win.

    • Kevin says:

      Judith was better than them all.

  2. Mike says:

    I’ve only read the first paragraph and you’re already complaining. Complain all you want but they have rearranged Michelle to have that final spot before too. This isn’t the only time they’ve done it. I know you like Michelle. We all know. You really don’t need to complain for her too.

    • Michelle says:

      This! Brilliant!

    • Matrix says:

      I understand Michael has his opinions and biases, but I’m sorry, these grades are dillusional! Danielle gets a C for Timber?

      • Edward says:

        Yes. There was nothing special about it. Nothing at all.

      • Jenny says:

        No Matrix, it is you who is delusional and buys into any carefully crafted package that is Danielle Bradbery.

        • Matrix says:

          Right, I am delusional because I like Danielle’s voice and performance. Nice , cogent argument, Jenny!

          • jill says:

            But its okay to call the grades delusional because u don’t agree with them??

          • Matrix says:

            @Jill – maybe “unfair” is a better, less emotional term. Historically i always have viewed Sleazak as fair even if I didn’t agree. I don’t get a “C” for anything Danielle has done. A “C” is a poor performance, like forgetting lyrics, hitting bum notes, etc. I get she’s not his favorite, but I don’t think she or any of the finalists deserve a “C” for any of their performances.

          • Nephtalia says:

            You are right Matrix. Michael is getting a little more bias lately.

      • Lou says:

        Timber was creepy. A teenage girl and an older man should NOT choose a song with those lyrics for a duet.

        • nina says:

          This. I agree.

        • Lyria says:

          It only entertained me because I kept hearing “Tim Burton, falling in love.”

        • Mary says:

          These boards read too much into a song. Sometime a song is just a song. Enjoy it for the voice and music.

          • meme says:

            Which would be a fine comment if a song didn’t have these things called LYRICS. But they do. Fully half of a song, as a matter of fact! And as a result, you cannot discount them.

        • Anna says:

          For goodness sake! Creepy?!!! It was a song that showcased Danielle’s ability within her genre with Blake providing back up harmony to the performance. Get a grip! Seriously, it’s only a song!!!!! It isn’t to be taken literally! Obviously, Danielle and Blake are not favorites for those who chose to attach such significance to the lyrics! And, it’s fine to prefer other types of music or artists; however, to suggest it is seedy or “creepy” is just ridiculous! Everyone did a great job and that’s what really matters.

      • michael says:

        I know it’s just my opinion, but I thought “Timber” with Danielle and Blake was probably the best song of the night, if you’re looking at this show truly as “The Voice”. The harmonies, the resonance, the energy, the hook of the melody, the performance-level, all had me still singing that song this morning, and I’d never heard it before. And I don’t care that Blake is married to somebody else…we all know this is acting and entertainment, people! It ain’t real life! I do understand the Michelle love, because she is a very attractive person, but there’s no way her voice compares with Danielle’s. That’s my 2 cents.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Ya. I am pretty sure Michelle had the pimp spot on some pivotal voting shows. They can’t all have the pimp spot all the time. They could have alternated the performances better – but I really don’t think the singing order will effect the results because the finalist *are* so different. People will like who they like – honestly, nothing could have changed my vote tonight. Go Michelle!

      • matt says:

        Well I’m a Michelle fan, but even I noticed that the swon bros NEVER got the pimp spot. That just shows you how biased the producers were in favor of Michelle, and now for the win, Danielle. Sort of reminds me of Season 2 when Juliette got the pimp spot EVERY NIGHT , I was hoping for her to win (still can’t believe Jermaine won) but even I was cringing. I think they should determine the order randomly , to be fair, even let us see the process, be it drawing names, flip of coin etc,use fairness as a selling-point for the show.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          @matt. I didn’t realize the Swon Bros *never* got the pimp spot. Not cool. I really enjoyed them last night. Unfortunately, the producers haven’t figured out how to *rig* the show effectively – like AI. :)

  3. Ohmy says:

    A+?? Seriously, taking on Annie Lenox was brave, but that doesn’t make it great. It was ok, but only. Now that said, it wasn’t as if the other performances were great. It was an acceptable night but no home runs. No clue who will or should win.

    • Jenny says:

      Come on ppl! Lets vote for MICHELLE!!! and then laugh in country’s face.

      • Ohmy says:

        I don’t care who wins, but why do you want to laugh in country’s face? (I’m pretty sure that since country isn’t a person, it doesn’t have a face)

      • Mary says:

        I vote for who I like and enjoyed the most. The person I would purchase music from and sorry Michelle is not the one I would.

    • Canadian Fan says:

      B at best. The original version is much better than Michelle’s rendition.

      • Karan says:

        Hey Canadian fan: are we the only ones that think Danny’s song is an Anne Murray song?!

      • MC says:

        The Annie Lennox original is an absolute masterpiece, even today. I thought this really exposed the limitations in Michelles’ voice. I thought Danielle dominated the night. It wasn’t close. I’ll have a hard time taking Michael Slezak seriously in the future.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          Then don’t read his articles and stop complaining.

          • MC says:

            I actually didn’t read this one. I skimmed enough of it to see it was exactly what I expected. It was very clear that he was planning to write this exact same article at least a week in advance. Anyone reading this Voice column knows objectivity went out the window several weeks ago. I am posting for the benefit of anyone who hasn’t visited this site frequently in the past. Btw, Michael Slezak imo was correct about Candice on AI this season. I don’t always disagree with him. He’s not an idiot, but can write extremely slanted columns when it serves his purpose. Angie, this is the last time I will be responding to one of your posts. Your manners leave something to be desired.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Oh, MC. Isn’t it a bit late for you to claim the moral high ground? You bash other contestants but whine incessantly when someone doesn’t agree with you. You’re a giant whiner.

          • MC says:

            @Angie – I “love” re-writing history and outright lying as much as the next person. I have actually held back regarding Michelle’s lack of vocal power. I have never mentioned it before tonight, but it was clearly evident on each of her two solos during the performance finale. You know for a fact that I have posted exclusively about Danielle’s strengths and how much I appreciate her voice. I did strongly disagree with Slezak more than once this season, but that’s my perogative. I have not seen you display one iota of kindness or tolerance toward any of Danielle’s fans this season. You have been consistently vitriolic and petty all season and here I am responding to another one of your petty posts.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Tolerance is defined by you as “agreeing with MC.” I’ve been highly complimentary of Danielle’s voice. And I’m sorry, but not everyone agrees with you that Michelle’s “lack of ability” was “clearly evident on each of her two solos.” There you go again slamming other contestants but whining and crying “classless!” when someone doesn’t say something positive about your favorite. Yet I’m the vitriolic and petty one? Either you have zero self awareness or are being deliberately petulant. Can’t tell.
            And seriously, if you don’t like Slezak’s articles, then by all means, go away! Don’t skim his articles and don’t post in the message sections underneath his articles. I’m sure he’ll get over it someday. But I think you just like to complain.

          • Lee says:

            Angie, it sounds like to me YOU’RE the only complaining about MC’s posts.

          • MC says:

            @Angie – Go back to when Michelle sang “Just Give Me a Reason.” I was on here touting her wonderful interpreation of that song. I said it was her personal best of the season. I said she was a serious contender to win at that point. That song does not demand a huge amount of power and her delicate voice was almost perfect for it. Unfortunately, she never reached that pinnacle again in my mind. The only other time I criticized Michelle (besides these final two performances) was on her Madonna duet with Sasha. That was just dreadful imo. It was the wrong key for Michelle and she never connected with that one. Naturally, these are my opinions. I stand by the lack of power in those final two performances. I try to keep my criticisms on point to what I hear. I don’t personally “bash” any performer. Many of the anti-Danielle posts on this board (not just you) are obsessed with personally “bashing” Danielle. I have to laugh when someone accuses me of that. Angie, I hope you interact more kindly with people in the future, but that’s your business. Have a great day!

          • sardonic steve says:

            OK. I’ll complain about MC’s post. See? It’s just that easy to help out fellow readers.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Your attempt at the moral high ground flops again, MC. When you’re not bashing other contestants, you’re bashing Slezak for not agreeing with you. Or anyone else who doesn’t agree with you. Take your contrived and fully transparent “good nature” and leave. The fact that you’re trying to call me out as the bad guy is comical at best. Let me guess… southern? Do you begin each bashing session with a “bless his/her heart, but…” Yup, I know your type.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      @ohmy. Exactly. I am a Michelle fan, but A+? No. Did it stop me from voting for her? Also, no. When I heard she was singing Annie Lennox – I thought… um, not good. Lennox has a ferocity and command in her voice that Michelle only achieves sporadically, and mostly, when she is singing the harder rock songs. She can get lost on the ballads and I swear I didn’t even hear her when on the U2 song. I thought they turned off her mike. I voted for her, but that was decided weeks ago as I am sure fans of Danielle and/or the Swons probably had their minds made up before the show as well. I can respect Michael’s shameless biase though – he gets like that when he adores a singer (need I invoke the name of Ms. Reinhart here…:) )

      • Dan (Haleyloony) says:

        Reinhart!!!!!!!!! That is all.

      • matt says:

        That’s too bad you didn’t turn up your tv louder on the U2 song then. Michelle was singing some beautiful harmonies with Usher, I thought they sounded better than Bono.

      • Anna says:

        I like Michelle; however, she is not my favorite to win. However, I do agree with Teeny Bikini’s comments. Taking on an Annie Lennox song was ambitious at best! No one can do Annie Lennox, but Annie Lenox! That’s what makes her an icon and legend in music….nobody can deliver a lyric from an Annie Lenox song like Annie Lenox! Michelle has performed extremely well; howver, I’ve felt her last couple of performances have been subpar. I believe her finalist status is largely due to her appearance being not what is expected of a performer. Although her voice is extremely good, I do not feel she is marketable in the mainsteam. I think she will be lost in the starving artist market! Say what you will about country music but the reality is…. it sell’s. Country music fans are loyal to a fault! This is due to country music understanding it has to be relatable to the average person. Most people want music that will understand their lives, validate their feelings and transform them from it if only for the length of play of the song.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          @Anna. I really appreciate your analysis of country music. That is one of things I really liked about Danielle and the Swons last night. Their was such clarity to the songs/performances – for the most part. They just sang the songs and sang them well.

  4. Dan (Haleyloony) says:

    Two observation:
    Either Michelle or Amber got the top spot on the polls every weeks, but only one is in the finale.
    Was Blake trying to sabotage the Swons by giving them a song they sang last week?
    Also, was I the only one creeped out by Danielle’s and Blake’s duet of a romantic song?

    • Dan (Haleyloony) says:

      Melinda Doolittle’s tweet appeared on the show!

    • Danny says:

      @Dan- I don’t think Blake was trying to bus the Swons AI style, but yea he seemed to be really pro Danielle. Where I don’t agree is I didn’t think the song was creepy.

    • ETG says:

      No Dan, you weren’t the only one. Both my wife and myself noticed it. Very creepy. Yuk.

      • AlyB says:

        That was just all kinds of wrong. It was actually uncomfortable to watch.

        • Jason says:

          He’ll probably marry her! Then it won’t be so creepy!!

          • debi says:

            As I’m sure you probably know, Blake’s already married. He is just proud of her, and he admires her talent. It was probably difficult to find a good duet for them to sing.

          • analythinker says:

            This comment is for debi: Maybe Lady Antebellum’s Downtown? Because The Band Perry’s Better Dig Two is even creepier… heh.

    • Davey says:

      No I found the Blake-Danielle love song very creepy.

      • Danny says:

        @everyone- Yeesh, now “I” am feeling creepy cuz I didn’t think it was creepy. Thanks a lot for the ego boost. Hopefully you’ll all chip in for my shrink session.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      @Dan(Haleyloony). I think the Swan repeat was smart. All of the singers repeated a song. They sounded dope on that song. I don’t think Blake would sabotage his singers. In fact, as far as strategy – the other coaches should study him like a dictionary. He plays to win. Love song duet however?… was ick. I fastforwarded. And now, I shall block it from my memory forever… ;)

    • nhf7170 says:

      Yes. It was like to catch a predator the musical.

      • Sheilalala says:

        The musical…ahahahahahahahha…ahahahahaha..ya creeped me out too-actually it reminded me that it was in a duet just like that, that Blake fell in love with another young little Blonde named Miranda Lambert-when he was married at the time…wonder if that crossed Miranda’s mind when she saw it. Maybe she will be wife #3 in 5 yrs…

    • I8A4RE says:

      If reading the comments on youtube and many people have commented the creep factor, then it appears to be creepy. I read a few To Catch A Predator type stuff. LOL! Maybe should of done something like ‘Climb’ like Tate Stevens and Carly Rose. That would be non creepy factor. That song is a better fit for student and coach.

    • Robert Henry Eller says:

      Don’t get upset now with the Blake-Danielle love song duet. That’s just Blake’s idea of appropriate entertainment for a Father Daughter Purity Ball.

      What really creeped me out was all the flag waving imagery of the Blake-Swon Brothers “duet.” Blake should change his name to Blatant.

    • B says:

      No, you were not the only one slightly creeped out by a married man doing a duet with an underaged girl who obviously views him as a mentor, that was just disturbing. I also agree with the author of the article Danielle is just to cookie cutter for my taste, however she will probably win because she is the safe choice.

      • Mary says:

        She will probably win because she has a beautiful voice and correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t that what this show is about?? Your entitled to your opinion but give credit where it is due, she has a natural talent which might not be your taste but it is there if you know anything about music.
        She is one that won’t need to be auto tune like many of artist today — Usher I am looking at your protege.

        • jaxguy says:

          Beautiful voice never mattered before. For these shows voice is way down the ladder. These shows are popularity contests.

          • Mary says:

            It is a good thing she is popular too. Yes, she has the look but more importantly she has the voice. Stage presence can come in time – not everyone has to be an expert from the start.
            Michelle has experience so that attributes to her stage performances.

        • Anne says:

          I used to be a singer songwriter who is a full member of ASCAP because I had commercial success, (songs aired on TV and radio). To note; I also minored in music in college. Because of my background I believe I know about singing on or off pitch. Danielle more often than not blatantly sings flat and sharp during her songs. It’s has to be obviously to the judges if they are musically inclined – which we know they are. Why have none of them commented on her constant pitchy voice? (I have to admit the last song of the night that she sang, I believe was the best – proof she had a voice that deserved to be on the show.) However, the show seems so rigged for her to win. As someone also noted, last night why had the Swon Brothers performed both of their songs and their song with their coach and Michelle had performed at least one of hers while Danielle hadn’t performed any of hers? People have short memories and those songs performed last are more likely to receive more votes. Again, seems like it is rigged. The Swon Brothers, I don’t believe, have ever been in the prime last or one of the last spots.
          Something is wrong here. The “higher-ups” on The Voice are trying their best to make sure Danielle wins.

    • MJ says:

      The DB/BS duet was very creepy!

    • SueBhunnie says:

      To be honest…the duet tween Danielle and Blake …because of the lyrics….and the gazing into each other’s eyes…to me, came off as a bit creepy. She’s 16 for goodness sakes. Blake should have used his head when considering that song. Can we say AWKWARD!

  5. Dee says:

    Nope I noticed the severe imbalance as well! It’s Cassadee Pope all over again…last season they pulled the same crap with her performances in the final. Damn shame

    • Edward says:

      I was watching Blake’s team’s duets with interest. When he did the duet with the Swons, the song was in Blake’s key, too low for the brothers to sound good. But when he sang his creepy love song duet with Danielle, it was in HER key, in an attempt to make her sound better. Didn’t work for me.

      • The Beach says:

        The Blake/Swon duet was all Zach and Blake. They didn’t let poor, little Colton sing a single verse.

  6. Gailer says:

    LOL I love your column Michael….I would love to see Michele win but I think a lot of her appeal for me is her song selection. I thought country was kinda dying with the non-country set (no country Idol this year) but I guess it has not? Danielle is a good singer and if she wins she is deserving. I would be shocked if the Bros won.

    • Mike says:

      um, the people who came in both 2nd and 5th on Idol this year were country singers. If anything, country music has really invaded these shows(hell, the guy who won X-Factor was country). Why do you think so many viewers are tired of it? I love it. I guess it all depends on taste…as does our choice of who to vote for. All are excellent.

  7. Justin says:

    I can’t be the only one who doesn’t think Michelle is amazing….

    • Ohmy says:

      She’s fine, but hard to say amazing. I can’t imagine her having much of a career — though that isn’t saying much since the show hadn’t produced a career yet (though it may help the coaches’ careers).

      • The Beach says:

        That might depend on just how much Usher takes her career into his powerful hands once the show is over. He certainly did wonders for that Bieber twerp. Time will tell.

        • Ohmy says:

          Well yea, but it will be interesting to see how long he keeps that attention up after the show (esp. if she doesn’t win).

    • Mike says:

      Nope, you’re not. I think she’s good. No doubt about it, but she’s not amazing.

    • bp187 says:

      I agree with you. She’s different and interesting but she sounded so awful on that Taylor Swift song, its just a song that doesn’t fit her voice and you could tell. She’s was incredibly pitchy and out of breath. Also I haven’t liked most of her recordings, she doesn’t really have a radio voice.

      • Davey says:

        Thank heavens, she doesn’t have a radio voice. Most of the singers I like have personalities and are great to see in person.. I would go see Michelle perform live.

        • Mary says:

          Unfortunately they go hand in hand. You are Naive if you think she does not need a radio hit or two to help her succeed in today music world. These shows are only a start, but she does need radio.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      @Justin. Eh. They all had good, great and so-so moments. Amazing – not yet.

    • Jenny says:

      She is amazing. Deal with it.

    • kalya says:

      I dont think she is amazing. Amazing was Sasha Allen without all the special effects that Usher brings to Michelle’s perfomances. Having lost Sasha, my votes went to Danielle B. Amazing voice, amazing artist.

    • Rose says:

      I certainly do not find her amazing. She is awkward. The only reason she is still in the competition is because of Usher. His fans are voting for him, not her. I am so tired of Carson telling Blake to sit down, when he is applauding his team. Why doesn’t he tell Usher the same thing?

  8. ABC says:

    Michelle FTW! Blandbery and the Snooze Bros need to go down!

    • Sheilalala says:

      This is the most underwhelming Voice finale on record, especially with the exciting talent we started with. I’m only half watching it. Instead of new songs showing WHY the artists should win-we get a recap of songs. This show is more like the “2013 karaoke national championships’ not the VOICE worthy of a record deal. Michelle rose above the most-so I voted for her, mostly only because I don’t want Blandbery to win.

  9. Jimmy says:

    Too close to call.

  10. David says:

    I understand the venom being thrown Danielle’s way. She was crowned the winner weeks ago. For that reason, I cast all my votes for Michelle and the Swon Brothers. That said, vocally Danielle was light years ahead of the other two tonight. Give Michelle props for being the best entertainer, but this show is supposed to reward vocal talent. Michelle is going to be more than all right with Usher in her corner.

    • ETG says:

      “Light years ahead”???? Gimme a break. Michelle’s vocals were flawless; Danielle’s obnoxious fans have been bragging for weeks about her so-called “perfect pitch”, but I’m here to tell you that she DOES NOT have it. Her voice is getting more and more nasally and whiny every week and it drives me crazy, in a BAD way!!!

      • Ohmy says:

        Flawless? Look we can all have fun with hyperbole, but let’s not get crazy. As I said, she’s fine, she’s kind of fun, and I wish her well in life. But flawless? Have you heard Annie Lenox sing “Why”?

        • ETG says:

          Of course I have, grasshopper. And Michelle did an outstanding job with the song. She doesn’t have Annie’s power, but her tone and pitch are just as good. If you want “hyperbole”, all you have to do is find the nearest Danielle fan. They’ve been at it since week 1, even though they have been proved wrong over and over again.

          • Ohmy says:

            How did you know I am a grasshopper? Look, I’m not a Danielle fan — I’m on record as saying the top three are only ok. But that includes Michelle. It was an ok performance — but very much not close to the original. — she doesn’t have that kind of voice. Why remind voters of that? Sing a song she can sing. She has a Taylor Swift instrument not an Annie Lennox voice. But, who does? Hyperbole is fun until someone pokes someone’s eye out, and then you all come crying to me.

          • Danny says:

            @Ohmy- I had thought the top 3 were all pretty good. At the same time I realize that these aren’t pros yet. That’s part of the fun in watching these types of shows. It’s sort of like watching college football & not the pros. Ya realize the players aren’t as good, and factor that in when thinking how well they did.

            Kind of responding to both your posts here. Was she as good as Annie Lennox? Of course not. But for a kid who’s for all practical purposes a first timer, I thought she did pretty well. So I’d say you’re pretty spot on.

          • matt says:

            I thought she sang it better than Annie Lennox, I loved her own interpretation of it. She took one of Annie Lennox’s more boring songs and made it exciting

      • Jimmy says:

        How many years have you been a vocal coach?

      • debi says:

        My ears have a totally different reaction to Danielle’s voice than yours do. I listen to her songs all the time. Her voice is so clear and her tone is so relaxing, and I have bought every song she has recorded. I really wish the Eternal Flame duet that she sang with Amber was available on itunes. It was one my favorite performances of the season.

    • Davey says:

      Danielle was straining in her Memphis song and acting like a princess all night. She is sickening.

      • Ted says:

        I don’t know about the “princess” thing, but I found her vocals on “Memphis” to be especially irritating. She will fit right in with the rest of the Nashville crowd…..

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      @David. Light years? No. She has a beautiful tone and is very pleasant. I could say the same of the Swons and Michelle. The performance gap between Danielle and the others was bigger in the beginning of the season – but by the end, I would say both the Swons and Michelle – made this a neck and neck horse race.

    • MC says:

      ITA. You and I were watching the same show, but overall this board is very biased toward Michelle.

      • analythinker says:

        I speak for myself but I enjoy MS’ articles mainly because I tend to agree with him. People with similar interests gravitate towards each other.

        I have seen pretty balanced comments on this board, which is good, because even people with different interests can still be interested in MS’ articles as well. On the other board (maybe you know where), it seems even more slanted there…

        What ticks me is the fact that even when people know MS’ preference, they still complain about it.

        • MC says:

          I appreciate your comments, but I don’t automatically think that disagreements are “complaints.” I try to find my own opinion and then see if I agree with anyone else. Slezak was right on the money about Candice all season, but this is a different show. I think this board or any board suffers if everyone just falls in line with the columnist. Candice imo was clearly the best on AI all season (although Angie probably showed the most improvement), but many people voiced their disagreement with his judgment all season regarding Candice. I don’t think it was wrong of them to state their opinions. I did not perceive them as whining complainers. We need differences of opinion for these shows to stay interesting.

          • analythinker says:

            Oh, I was definitely NOT referring to those with different opinions with Michael’s. I meant those who, despite knowing Michael’s preference, still go to say he is biased. Now that’s a complaint, IMO, because they sort of “demand” him to be (more) objective. Of course he is biased, just like we all are. Boards like these are never about objectivity, and people should have known better.

      • Anne says:

        For good reason…that’s why.

    • Lou says:

      Danielle went flat more than once tonight.

      • ETG says:

        *Gasp*!!!! How dare you mention that in front of the “Danielle is so pure and has perfect pitch” crowd???? hahahaha!!!

      • Anne says:

        Danielle has gone flat or sharp on almost every one of her songs all season…she’s a novice singer what do you expect. That’s why she should not win. She literally does not have the voice. The judges should have been calling her on it all season. Go back and listen to her songs over the season, you’ll hear the truth of what I’m saying.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      I like your comment, David, but I respectfully disagree. I didn’t think Michelle was light years behind Danielle. If I had my eyes closed and was judging solely on voice, I think it would be a slight edge to Danielle. But once you include the entertainment and stage presence factor, the scale tips in Michelle’s favor. I think we can all agree that the Swon Brothers were dead last. How they beat out Judith, Sarah, Sasha, et al is unfathomable.
      ETG, agreed that Danielle’s voice is nasally, but so are a lot of country superstars. Seems to be a country thing.

    • Concern trolls gonna troll.

      Serious, the level of Shelton stans convincing themselves of Bradbery’s vocal purity is verging on hilarious. Seriously, she’s a average flat-noted high school glee club singer that Blake is trying to redeem his RaeLynn failure on. And by next year we we all forget about this one unless she either gets knocked up or appears on Dancing With the Stars.

      As a country fan myself (and it’s really funny the people here who rave “country” but claim not to now any of these songs she’s singing) it’s really pretty ridiculous to even think this girl is “the greatest voice of this generation” unless AutoTune is an automatic curve.

      Martina McBride would eat this girl for breakfast.

  11. Lilly says:

    I’m voting for Danielle. (I still say she’s going to be a BIG star – much bigger than Michelle – so honestly I don’t think it’s relevant if she wins.) But I have to admit I really enjoyed Michelle for the first time tonight. Not the bad version of a bad Taylor Swift song, but her choice for her solo and the duet with Usher were both outstanding.

  12. debi says:

    Danielle is fantastic. She’s my favoriteThe Voice contestant ever.

    • Dan (Haleyloony) says:

      You are entitled to an opinion and I appreciate it. Sorry, but this is a natural instinct. AMANDA BROWN!!!!!

      • debi says:

        I sincerely love Danielle’s voice. She sounds perfect to my ears, and she has sounded that way on every song. Amanda Brown was great, but honestly I would rather listen to Danielle sing any day.

        • Dan (Haleyloony) says:

          I understand. Danielle is great. Saying Amanda Brown(!!!!) is just an instinct.

          • The Beach says:

            Hey Dan, I think that’s a pretty good instinct ya got there. I think Amanda is the best to have appeared on this show.

        • MamaLis says:

          Ok, I was going to say this earlier and feel badly about it. Now that I’ve read more, my guilt has diminished a little.
          There’s something that feels a bit “off” to me and even a bit icky when I see people in here that apparently “worship” a 16-year old country singing contestant. I’m gonna step back from that a minute and say it feels less icky if the fanboy/girls are peers of the contestant (i.e. you’re also 16 or 17 or 18 years old.) Not so bad, then.
          But if you’re not – and if you happen to possibly be an adult….. I’m wondering about that a little. Especially when I read that you’re playing her songs non-stop and you “can’t get enough” and yada yada.

          I’m 40. The chance of me somehow finding something to “relate” to in a 16-year old singer, thereby “LOVING” their music in this “special” way…. it’s just so foreign a concept… I can’t even express.

          I don’t know….just a feeling I get.

          • matt says:

            I think you’re on to something lol

          • Matrix says:

            I think you are thinking too much.

          • Mike says:

            Worshiping might be a stretch but we do seem to have some fanatics here for Danielle. I’m in my mid 30’s and I enjoy her sound a lot. But I think what you’re missing is that the majority of the songs Blake gave her were older songs. Very few were even remotely current. I think that’s part of what the older crowd find enjoyable too. We’re not relating to the 16 year old as much as the older songs. She’s a nice kid with a pretty good(and sometimes better) voice. I don’t see anything “icky” about that unless you’re on the obsessive side.

      • jaxguy says:


  13. Jacqi says:

    I AM REALLY HOPING MICHELLE wins! But I have a feeling Danielle will :(

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I voted for Michelle :) I am sure there are others.

    • Sg. Grant says:

      If I voted, it would be for Michelle, not because I thought she was the best, but because I think she is good enough to deserve a shot at a career in music. Danielle and the Swon Brothers will be country music stars regardless of the outcome of the vote. Michelle may not get the chance to be a star unless she wins.

  14. mrrr_770 says:

    I love Michelle

  15. Jennifer J says:

    if you like Michele, go and vote!! show the producers that their manipulation didn’t work.

  16. Jennifer says:

    You took the words right out of my head about the Brothers only being in the first part of the show. Not fair as they deserve the same chance. They are all very talented though and will all probably have deals no matter what happens. Maybe this will be the first year that a singing competition other than Idol will have some stars with longevity.

  17. Percysowner says:

    Boy they really don’t want the Swon Brothers to have any chance to win. I like them better than Danielle, but Michelle is my girl.

    • The Beach says:

      I just knew it…before even seeing their parents…that Zach would look just like Daddy and Colton would be the spittin’ image of Mama.

  18. Jimmy says:

    The thing is Danielle is a pure country singer. She’s not about screaming and belting and hitting runs. That’s not all what singing is about, but I guess that’s what people like to see on shows. She has the clearest and cleanest voice I’ve heard.

    • Davey says:

      Um, she was practically screaming the Memphis song.

    • silverrr says:

      “That’s not at all what singing is about”. Well, neither is having the “cleanest and clearest voice” and showing no emotion.

      • Mary says:

        You can’t see emotion on a record, and sorry in time and with her own music I believe she will be able to reflect that emotion. She is 16 years old, give her a break. This show is called the Voice and she has it no denying it.

        • Kaba says:

          Lord I’m sick and tired of that defense for Danielle. Artistry incorporates emotion that can be felt through a song, there have been songs I’ve bought sheerly on emotional merit.

          • Mary says:

            You felt the emotion not see the emotion – totally different. The song resonated an emotion in you base on probably the lyrics, maybe music. If she is given the right material I bet you will be able to feel the emotion on her song. My point is she is young – 16 years old and has not mature enough to put those emotions into her music or shall I say other artist music. I believe last week her song showed a lot of emotion, because it meant something to her. Given the right material I think she will go far.

        • HTGR says:

          You can hear emotion though for sure.
          That said I do notice some do seem to go a little overboard with that knock for young singers. Michael never even warmed to Carly Rose, who truly had an amazing voice, never mind Danielle or Jessica. The only one ever got any credit was Beatrice (not without warrant though she was really good, but I think people on this site often are a bit harsh on some of the younger contestants, that said while I think Danielle was top 5 I’m not so sure she is the best of the top 10, you can make a case for Sasha, Amber, Judith, Michelle being better perhaps). Danielle is good and has a nice rich tone and there are certainly weeks when I liked what she did enough to put her in top three for the week.

    • Anne says:

      Being a singer with commercial success, and having minored in music in college, I can honestly tell you that Danielle more often than not, except on her final song last night, sings either flat or sharp in most of her songs. It’s blatant and obvious – makes me cringe – to anyone who has had voice lessons, or has sung professionally. You can hear it a mile away and I can’t understand why none of the judges haven’t called her on that. The judges seem to be adverse to saying anything bad about anyone, especially where Danielle is concerned.

  19. Canadian Fan says:

    Danielle is the clear winner tonight. Adam declared so too, I am certainly not the only one thinking she truly deserves to win. Michael is so biased with every review article trying to sabotage Danielle and prop up Michelle… Too bad so sad for Michael though (:
    I am very pleased with the show for all contestants did well. Danielle was just the VOICE and will be crowned so tomorrow night for sure.

    • Ted says:

      Danielle may indeed win, but she by no means is more deserving than anyone else. She’s just really not all that good… Blake has relentlessly blown sunshine up the audience’s collective *sses, but if you take an unbiased look at her, she is really pretty ordinary.

      • Jimmy says:

        So all the other judges who has praised her and the whole of America is biased? Thanks for your view

        • Ted says:

          For those of you who are NOT observant, the judges’ trademark this year was that they always praised ALL of the contestants. You really had to read between the lines to interpret which performances they liked and which they did not. Now, take your view and go back to your room.

          • A says:

            Exactly, they were ALL nice, but you could definitely tell if you were paying attention which one’s they really enjoyed and when they wanted to say something or make a critique but held themselves back. That’s one thing that was pretty bad about this season. The coaches were just too nice and praised ALL the performances even if they weren’t that great.
            This season just continues to boost Blake’s ego and all the praise Danielle has been getting has definitely gone to her head. I can see it on her face that she knows that she’s gonna win and I really don’t like it. The other contestants genuinely seem like they are working hard and trying to win, but Danielle is starting to have this somewhat smug “I know I’m awesome” look that is really irritating.

      • daynamonet says:

        I 2nd that! U took the words right out of my mouth! Blake saying “the most important artist on the show?”stand come on! Danielle is not all that!!

      • Roger says:

        Ted, to say Danielle ‘is not all that good’ demonstrates you are a lousy judge of talent. Of the finalists, she has the best voice by far. Michelle is easily the best entertainer and the Bros are the best artists overall. But remember the name of the show is ‘The Voice’. Danielle should and will win.

        • matt says:

          Wrong; Michelle has the best voice, she has the best range , both pitchwise and emotionally.

        • Ted says:

          Roger, who appointed YOU as the judge of talent scouts??? lol Look, buddy, I have a right to my opinion just like anyone else. I know what sounds good to me, and what doesn’t. I couldn’t give a rat’s arse if you think Danielle is the best thing since sh*t kickers and a 6-pack of Lone Star, but to me she is NOT. There are TOO many look-alike, sound-alike singers on CMT already, and she doesn’t bring anything new or fresh into the mix. Sorry.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      Adam declared Danielle the winner based on his knowledge of the itunes rankings. Nothing more.

  20. As far as I’m concerned, Danielle not only will win, but should. I love Michelle and I love the Swon Brothers, and I won’t be upset no matter who wins, but while Michelle has the best stage presence, the show is called “The Voice” and Danielle has a super impressive voice.

    • Timmah says:

      That’s almost exactly what I was going to say… Michelle and The Swons have “the act”, but Danielle has “the voice”. Her tone is pure, effortless and exact. She’s still very young, and the stage presence will come in time.

      • Tim says:

        Agreed. Danielle’s voice is great and will only get better as she matures. I think she will have a bigger career in country than Janelle from AI.

  21. Al says:

    Usher totally outsang and outperformed michelle on one – great song! Shouldn’t she be in the spotlight – maybe it was a bit too soft on the verses for her tonight. Danielle has a good voice but nothing special. Usher can make michelle a star.

  22. Cleo says:

    Anyone who thinks Blake is crazy for giving them “Danny’s Song” again is crazy.
    The song is still lingering in the top 100 or 50 (unsure) and it just climbed back up asap.
    Nonetheless I think once again…it was a lamely average night for Blakes team (aside from Danielle going a bit more above and beyond).
    I’ve never been a particular fan of any of them, but from mere speculation, Michelle handed his team their asses after having filet’d, seasoned, and baking them to perfection. She easily stole the night.
    But the fact of the matter is, Danielle has a much much much stronger fanbase by miles. Though, after seeing Chamuel top out Amber Carrington on just votes alone after Amber secured a x10 multiplier…
    Maybe the Chamuel Army is more about quality than quantity, I came across someone who’d voted for Michelle over 1,300 times last week. So…who knows
    And can we address a problem, Danielle and Blakes duet bothered me. Never should their be eye contact with a 16 year old girl and a 30 something year old married man utter the lyrics (along the lines of) “falling in love with you”.
    Sooo awkward

    • KND says:

      I thought Blake and Danielle’s duet was super creepy.

      • Matrix says:

        Every week people complain that Danielle has no emotional connection to a song, so now she is connecting with Blake as a duet partner (c’mon people grow up!) and people say it’s creepy. She can’t win.

        • Lily says:

          I don’t think you understand the point. The problem is with the lyrics in the song. It was not an appropriate duet at all.

          • Zod says:

            So what did you have to say about the Aquile and Nathalie Hernandez battle round duet last season? Or does that not apply since it wasn’t Blake’s performers?

        • Cleo says:

          She can’t win?
          More like the emotional trajectory was horrifically off. And you don’t make much sense, she didn’t really connect to the song, neither of them did while singing it. It was more about each other.
          That was awkward, not connecting to the song

        • AlyB says:

          A 36 year old man should not be doing a love song duet with a 16 year old girl. It doesn’t help that he looks like he’s in his 40’s. If that was a vocal teacher at school & they performed that song in an assembly, her parent’s would probably want the guy fired. Yes creepy, very. There are some lines that just shouldn’t be crossed and this is one of them.

  23. KND says:

    The only song the Swon Brothers have sang throughout the competition that I loved is Danny’s Song. And I think that’s mainly because I love that song and they didn’t butcher it. So third place for you, but they do have great voices and can harmonize.

    Danielle can sing her but off but come on already enough with the cookie cutter singers. We need to shake this up.

    Michelle is amazing and gives me chills. That’s how I know someone can sing their butts off. She completely hands down deserves to win.

    Unfortunately middle America wins every time and middle of the road talent will reign supreme…aka Danielle.

    • Mary says:

      I don’t think Danielle has middle of the road talent. Age aside Danielle has the VOICE. Michelle is very talented too, but to be honest I only liked her Annie Lennox song tonight. I will agree that Danielle need to work on stage presentation, but Michelle need to stop squatting during every song.

  24. AlyB says:

    I can’t believe how badly the Swon’s got bussed. They were done before Danielle did her 1st solo. That was simply ridiculous. Their performances weren’t particularly memorable so they’re likely to be forgotten. Loved Michelle’s Annie Lenox song and her duet with Usher was the best duet of the night. I found Blake and Danielle singing a love duet to be absolutely creepy. She did it in her usual dead way though so Blake was the only one that came off like he was trying to inject personality into it. Actually, that made it kind of creepier. The girl’s got all the personality of a dead fish. She looks alternately smug or bored. I really hope she doesn’t win. I’d love to see Michelle take this.

    • The Beach says:

      Ok, I guess I just wasn’t thinking about the “creepy” aspect with that duet. I just looked at it as a silly, forgettable country song that was upbeat and that they could harmonize to. If it had been some slow, googly-eyed love song then I guess I would have been creeped out as well. But reading multiple post on this subject got me thinking …what song would have been appropriate? About any country duet (or song for that matter) that I could think of was about lovin’, cheatin’, drinkin’, carousin’, jail and other subjects, all of which would be inappropriate for a child/adult duet. I’m kinda stumped here on what a good choice would have been.

      • Sheilalala says:

        Islands in the Stream would have been great to hear, but reading the lyrics-also too steamy. Another problem with having a 16 year old kid

      • AlyB says:

        Admittedly, I don’t know country well enough to think of a duet. One was just sung by Bono though and Michelle and Usher worked out harmonies and changed off parts. There must be something in all of country they could have done the same kind of thing to loll. Maybe it just won’t bother country fans. I doubt it’ll deter any Danielle voters. It did make Blake look kind of lecherous though. I’m just surprised no one would tell him hey you might want to rethink this song choice.

      • Matrix says:

        That’s kind of my point. I looked at it like they were having fun singing together. I think if you put this standard on duets, it can be challenging to find the appropriate song. I also agree if it were a steamy ballad where they looked into each other’s eyes, it would have been creepy.

  25. Johnny says:

    Danielle and Michelle have definitely been favored all season in terms of performance order; both are always near the end. Meanwhile, the Swons totally get screwed every single time in that respect. Based on tonight, Danielle should and will win, I think, even though I hate supporting whoever the producers pimp. Her last song was awesome.
    I figured I’d be a Michelle fan in a situation where the rest of the options are country, but Michelle just isn’t a great singer. I know nobody else agrees, but it was evident all season to me and particularly tonight with all the straining and struggling to be heard over the band.
    I know the Swons have no chance at all, especially since 2/3 of their songs were terrible, so I’m voting for them because their “Danny’s Song” may have actually inspired me to buy a “Voice” country artist’s song on iTunes (!!!).

    • matt says:

      “struggling to be heard over the band” . How do you know it wasn’t biased mixing, the producers turning Michelle’s sound down, meanwhile blasting us with Danielle? I found it fishy how sometimes Michelle could be singing at the top of her lungs and you could barely hear it, yet at the same time every little murmur by Danielle drowned out everything else.

      • Alicia says:

        Her fault or not, it doesn’t matter. It’s all about what we hear. But it was probably her fault. She doesn’t have the strongest voice, and it wouldn’t be that “off” just for her.

  26. Michelle says:

    I’m sorry but I did not like Michele’s Annie Lenox choice AT ALL! I have enjoyed Michele on the show but if it is based off of “the voice” then Danielle should win. Obviously the race is between Michele and Danielle. I think it is a closer race than you image it to be.

    Hoping for Danielle to win not only because I think she has a great voice and the best chance to have a career but also because I got to represent my hometown! #CypressTX

  27. Kaba says:

    Despite my fears of the thoroughly real possibility that Danielle will win. I’ll still vote for Michelle until I pass out at 5am only to wake up at 9:30am to see if she locked any multipliers.
    Michelle will never have the greatest voice on the planet, but I feel like people often look down on what appears to be evidently weak vocals. I only feel vocals were weak if the performance itself was weak. Find your niche.
    Frankly, if Caroline Glasner (sp?) had been given songs as perfect as Michelle has received she could have easily knocked Danielle out of the show.
    So…who knows? I think people are looking at vocals the entirely wrong way

    • Caroline really got screwed this season. She was paired with Danielle in the Battle Rounds and even though the other coaches sounded like they would have picked Caroline (well Usher was noncommittal but was quick to try to steal her), Blake had his country or bust philosophy this season and went with Danielle instead. And then Caroline when on to out-sell Danielle’s version of Put Your Records on iTunes. Then Caroline gets on a tough Adam team and even though she charted significantly high than Judith during the first live shows, Caroline got stuck in the bottom two with the powerhouse Sara. Not only that, Caroline was the first person this season to have four songs on the iTunes Overall Charts at the same time. To put that into perceptive, Danielle and Michelle did not accomplish that feet until they started releasing two songs per week. Caroline did it when she only had four songs total available to buy. Caroline really deserved to go further than she did.

      And why are you staying up until 5:00 am voting? You know you are only allowed ten votes per method? All you are doing is staying up late for nothing.

  28. Gailer says:

    In the Edwin Sharpe group song you can see who has the best Voice, it’s Danielle. Just saying. Then the one Bro then Michelle then the other Bro

  29. Jenny says:

    Vote for MICHELLE! Whole package! Danielle will be alright , she’s young, her futures bright, she has a lot of growing up to do. Team Usher baby!!!!

  30. Was disappointed that The Swon Brothers got no Air time in the second half of the show. It seems Danielle and or Michelle always get the pimp spot. Voted for The Swon Brothers! and i’m not a Country Fan but really like them!!

    • Sue B says:

      I voted for the Swon Brothers, too, b/c I think they’re really talented and they’ve earned their spot. Michelle is good but not great (IMO), and they want Danielle to win, so I’ll take either of the other two. She’s all set–give the Swon Brothers or Michelle the chance they deserve.

  31. Jason says:

    Dude enough with the food metaphors! They make absolutely no sense!!!

  32. Justin says:

    LOL at people predicting certain contestants will be stars. You remember what show this is, right? Only the coaches benefit.

    • ABC says:

      THIS. Danielle Bradbery will never be the next Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood. Hoping she’ll flop disappear.

      • Ohmy says:

        Kind of an odd thing to hope for. I agree that none of these acts are likely to have any kind of career — but what would you hope for it?

      • Jones says:

        That is sad. Wishing that on someone. I hope the best for all the contestants after the show.

      • Zod says:

        This comment reminds me of the freaks who flip out over the results of a TV show that has no bearing on their lives whatsoever. Being anonymous on the internet really does bring out people’s true selves.

      • Get Real says:

        I hope she isn’t the next Taylor Swift – she can sing. That aside why would you want an artist – even if she is not your favorite to flop. Really the intelligence of some of these remarks. Maybe your name should be green eye instead of ABC

  33. A says:

    I really don’t understand why the Swon Bros are a duo. I mean seriously, it should just be that one guy by himself because that other guy barely sings. A duo should have both people singing different verses and adding something individually to the song. But that shorter skinny brother is basically his older brother’s backup singer. While I definitely don’t want them to win, they did a good job on that first song. At least it was something different.
    I really wish they wouldn’t do reprises. It’s a waste of time. It’s the finale and it’s their last chance to wow us and show us things we haven’t seen from them before, not have us watch the same performance again. If I want to see a repeat of their performance I’ll go on YouTube.
    Honestly, I was just absolutely bored tonight. I really don’t find myself at this point caring about any of these contestants I’m just sticking with it right now just to find out the winner since I’ve invested so much time. The only thing I don’t want to see is the Swon Bros win. Although, it’s pretty clear Danielle will win.
    Lastly, I definitely disagree with Blake’s comment about this season in that it has become the worst season for me. Poor decisions, poor voting, poor song choices, poor critiques. I’m so happy Christina is coming back. Maybe we can finally get some honesty in this competition. I don’t mind Christina’s bitchiness sometimes because at least she says what’s on her mind, and she isn’t afraid of pointing out when something isn’t as good. Last season I felt like she kept the coaches in line in some way and kept the critiques honest and actually constructive rather than the “you were awesome” lovefest that was this season. Glad the old coaching panel will get back together, maybe it will return to The Voice I used to like.

    • Davey says:

      Though I am not crazy about two of the top three, I thought this season was the best season so far. The top 16 were better than any top 16, though I do think some of the more interesting singers were eliminated even before the top 16. And this group of judges is the best mix yet. Not cattiness this season.

    • KND says:

      Completely agree about the Swon Brothers. It was completely evident during their (his) Eagles song. The other guy just comes in for back up and harmonizing.

    • The Beach says:

      Totally agree about the reprises. I guess that’s something they copied from Idol and it was my least favorite thing about an Idol finale too. It’s a waste of a good opportunity.

    • matt says:

      Yeh agree with you about Christina, she brought a level of honest critiquing that has been missing this season.

  34. John says:

    Danielle is a technically good singer, but she had NO idea what she was singing with “Timber.” There’s a disconnect between her and the lyrics sometimes, and that bothers me (and apparently a lot of others on here). In a just world, Michelle would win this, and that might happen if the Country fans split the vote, but I think Danielle is the winner.

    • Jenny says:

      Yeah pretty much “look I’m singing beautifully” registers on her face 90% of the time.

    • MamaLis says:

      Ok, so I finally watched it, like I always do. Late. And a step back from things. And just like last week when I was telling the Swon fans to “relax – they’re going through.” Here’s what I picked up from this week.

      #1. The orchestration of order was RIDICulous! We were seeing The Swon Brothers and Michelle in back-to-back performances – before we even saw Danielle once. It was insulting.

      #2. Which made the 1st solo appearance of Danielle – in what looked like a “concert format” – all the more RIDICulous! Did no one notice the entire stage OPEN UP (by a LOT) in what looked like a “headliner concert format?” It was similar to something Martina or Amanda Lam. would be standing on during, say, The Country Music Awards (Big open stage, smoky, white footlights, adoring crowd along the sides, etc.) It was an entirely different stage from anyone previous. It was like, “The Voice presents, Danielle Bradberry…”

      #3. And speaking of the Danielle “concert,” – besides the pristine “fantastic” voice – I guarantee
      that every step, every movement, every corner turned during that performance – was GIVEN to Danielle and rehearsed. That girl brings nothing, nothing to that performance, but her vocal ability.

      #4. By the time the Usher/Michelle duet played-out, the evening became one of stark contrasts. On one end of the spectrum you have Michelle: CLEARLY she has something special going on because everyone seems to respond to her in this genuine, kind, loving way. You SEE and feel the reaction in people and like Adam said, it grows so loud in the room, their ears hurt. Watching that duet, they were having a BALL and their affection for each other was palatable.

      On the other end of the d, fairly emotionless, not a lot of “heart” – just a very, very different person in every possible spectrum – and following Michelle (and the duet) was Danielle. TOTAL opposite. Contrived, closeway. And in that short amount of time, you can FEEL the room change.

      It was actually quite fascinating.

      At this point I don’t know who will win. Obviously it’s between Michelle and Danielle.
      It just seems less important. Michelle captured people’s hearts and conveyed real emotion and even inspired people and for that alone – she’s a winner.

  35. Jason says:

    I voted for Judith al night!!!

    • HTGR says:

      I voted for Sasha like 1000 times and a few hundred for Judith! I think they might win.

    • jaxguy says:

      Judith should have won the whole thing. SHE was the best singer AND performer this year. The results will be the same as always.

  36. Canadian Fan says:

    Both Danielle’s songs cracked top 20 on iTunes already so early in the game. She will certainly get multipliers with both by tomorrow morning. The Swon bros Danny’s Song already cracked top 10! Blake is laughing all the way to the bank.

    • Dan (Haleyloony) says:

      Actually, the Maybe it was Memphis that reached the top 20 was the one from the first live show, just like the Danny’s Song at #8 is the one from last week.

    • Zod says:

      Last season they took away the multipliers for the final round. Did Carson say anything about iTunes multipliers during this show?

  37. Joshua says:

    Predicted it at Top 16: 1) Danielle 2) Michelle
    I didn’t see the Swon Brothers making it to the Top 3 (heck, I predicted they would go home almost every stinkin’ week), but the 1 and 2 positions have always been clear. Danielle’s iTunes Top Tens this season will certainly give her a massive boost over Michelle.

  38. Nick says:

    Holy crap, when they showed the Mom Line-Up, I thought the Swon Brothers’ mom was Amber Carrington!

  39. Kathy says:

    I like Michelle, but I didn’t like her doing Annie Lennox’ s song, Why. She was so much better doing Taylor Swift’s Trouble. This season, she is great, but Danielle has been the most consistent. I will not be mad if either Michelle or Danielle wins.

  40. Sara says:

    That was an unbelievably creepy song for Blake to sing with a 16 year old.

  41. Cleo says:

    Those falsetto harmonies The Brothers had going on were….nauseating…they just seemed…weird.
    Or maybe I have an over-inflated expectation of falsetto’s since usher did the damn thing in the openings of the show.

  42. Danielle is the best says:

    When grading the performances you are VERY biased towards Michelle. Danielle Bradbery SHOULD and WILL win.

    • breanna says:

      the writer is not biased on Michelle. it was based on the performance. whether you agree or not Michelle is better than Danielle. Danielle is good, no doubt about it, but there are lots of contestants who are better than her.. but you should not worry about it because Danielle will win. she will get the most number of votes that’s why she will win season 4. basically the show is about the votes you get no matter how you perform on the show.

      • Nicole says:

        Michelle always struggles with her vocals, but it is never noted. Danielle never struggles, and she’s always graded low. Now, I’ve said all season that Danielle is like a singing robot emotionally (she can only grin) but based purely on vocals, no way does Michelle beat Danielle in any way. MIchelle is entertaining, but she’s not the Voice.

        • algalhi says:

          @Nicole Totally agree and very well put! I like Michelle – she’s doing her best and I thought her “Why” and “One” were good. But every time Danielle sings, the fullness and tone of her voice just blow me away. I think it’s that quality that Blake is raving about. I loved the Swons song with Blake – pure “Celebrity” fun! No matter who wins (I hope it’s Danielle!), they’ve ALL won, being in the Finale and getting to perform the longest for America.

        • Anne says:

          Danielle’s the one without a voice. On most of her songs she sings either flat or sharp. I’m a musician, singer, full member of ASCAP because of commercial success and schooled in singer. Her being Pitchy makes me cringe at least a couple of time each song, except for her last song last night. The judges should have been calling her on it all season.

      • HTGR says:

        Although if he grades mostly on overall performance and presence then why did he put Candice and especially Kree far ahead of Angie Miller?

        • Dez says:

          Candice was a darn good performer. Kree . . . meh.

          • jaxguy says:

            Although Candice was the best singer on AI this year, for me Kree was a close, very close 2nd. But Candice a better performer? I don’t think so. She pretty much stood on stage and sang. Her Satisfaction by the way was HORRIBLE. HATED every second of it. But true to form the judges praised it.

    • HTGR says:

      I don’t agree that Danielle should win it all (and I do prefer Michelle), however his grades do seem to be clearly biased against Danielle and they were even far more so against Sasha and sometimes he does seem to grade Michelle a touch on the easy side. So yeah I think his bias has gotten pretty fierce with this season of The Voice. I actually like Danielle better than that country girl on Idol not this season but the one before, S11 that he gave like an A+ to each time.

  43. breanna says:

    you’re right, Michelle SHOULD win but Danielle WILL win.. it doesn’t matter who has the best voice. what matters are the votes – and Danielle has it whether she sang good or bad. who cares if she had a boring performance? she still gets the votes.. The Voice isn’t really about the voice after all..

  44. Canadian Fan says:

    Danielle’s born to fly just cracked top 10, sitting at # 9. Danny’s song is #7. Team Blake gets multipliers again.

    • Kabbles says:

      Should songs that already received a x10 multiplier be allowed them again?
      Especially Danny’s Song. That was already close enough to the top 10 to receive a multiplier for a 2nd time.
      I feel like it should be on the merits of the duets and new songs where they get multipliers for.

    • Dan (Haleyloony) says:

      That Danny’s Song is the one from last week, so they don’t get the multiplier.

    • The Beach says:

      It seems odd that there would be enough new viewers this week that would purchase Danny’s Song when it was just on and purchased last week….weird.

      • Percysowner says:

        Last week had fairly low ratings and people may well have decided to turn in for the finale, so there may be people who didn’t hear Danny’s Song last week. The Swon Brothers did a really nice job with it, so I’m not surprised that it is being bought.

  45. Kaba says:

    How am I (a michelle fan) supposed to feel knowing that Justin Bieber just retweeted one of Usher’s tweets about Michelle?
    I don’t enjoy the possibility of “hollow victory” being claimed…so I do not support this.
    But oh well

    • HTGR says:

      That happened other seasons and mostly didn’t seem to have much affect other than when Blake does it.

      • thedeviledadvocate says:

        LOL so when Blake tweets to his fans it has an affect, but when USHER and BIEBER tweet to their fans it won’t seem to have much impact, doesn’t seem like you have much faith in #eyesontheprize :)

        • analythinker says:

          One of the key reasons why it won’t have much impact? Because Blake’s followers are mostly American, who can vote. And Usher/Bieber’s followers are all over the place. I have noticed that 1 out of 10 responses to Adam’s tweets about voting for Amber was either a “follow me” or “f*ck me” one.

          • I8A4RE says:

            Nearly half of Justin Bieber’s Twitter followers are fake. Belieber nation is a fraud LOL. I would assume half of that would be in other countries. So, about 10 million or so.

    • CL says:

      It has much much less of an effect than if he had personally tweeted about it or had done something really underhanded like tweet her phone number without comment. It has less than 4k RTs which is literally nothing for Bieber (he’ll often get 100k for a simple “hello”).

    • Zod says:

      Some people believe Bieber was the difference between Javier and Dia (less than 2%) in season one with him tweeting to vote for Javier. People also think if the iTunes multiplier had been in effect that season, Dia would’ve crushed Javier (when they released albums after the season ended, hers did outsell his by a mile).

  46. Ranch says:

    Why was Danielle given 2 out of the last 3 performance slots? I am used to these shows having producer manipulation, but that was just plain dirty pool. I’ll throw the Swon Bros. a few votes because they were so blatantly bussed. Michelle will also get some votes for entertaining me.

    • HTGR says:

      Yeah I mean that is why people started stopping watching Idol. S10 the manips went out of control. And it was a season where oddly enough they two country contestants pushed to the front.

      • HTGR says:

        Granted two weeks ago they probably tried to help Sasha or perhaps Amber, but they were good contestants who seemed to be getting the shaft and Sasha had never had a good spot the whole season until then so it wasn’t the same.
        But maybe they see that Michelle has little chance and Swon had a bit of a chance and they didn’t think Swon winning would do much for the show and between Swon and Danielle were desperate to get Danielle, I could understand that, although it is best to not get so heavy handed.

  47. Kabbles says:

    One thing I’ve noticed.
    The moment Danielle hits a note of “high note” status, chance of the song getting a multiplier are a guarantee lmao.
    Blake should’ve made her hit high notes all the time.

  48. HTGR says:

    Jeez, even with a repeat song that has already been for sale, BY THEM, just the other week, the Swon Bros lead iTunes! Unless country fans decide they really want one more than other and don’t just vote for Michelle may be in trouble and yeah utter deck stacking for Danielle was ridiculous, I guess they saw Michelle and/or Swon creeping up close? (maybe it was even Swon that were challenging so they figured better get Danielle to win and Michelle has no chance anyway??) Interesting to see if Michelle can pull off the win somehow or ends up third, if she is third then the show is permanently cooked so long as it gets any good country singers again since that is all it will be from here on out, Nashville Voice.
    Still wish a Sasha or Judith coulda made finale or even Amber. Oh well. I do like Michelle. Danielle isn’t bad, but I’m not so sure she is the best of this lot either though.

  49. Guitar Blue says:

    Regardless of who is the best singer, or who wins — Danielle will be the one we hear the most about over the next 5 to 7 years..

    ……………There are so many “rising stars” bally-hoo’d about from these reality shows these days, that few will be hot material in the fast lane for long. Danielle is in the right lane with the right connections now, to be a survivor in the industry – while others fade when the next X-Factor, Voice and Idol seasons complete their next rounds

  50. Angie_Overrated says:

    Danielle sings perfectly but has the stage presence of Vicky from It’s a Small Wonder. Her idea of choreography is to robotically walk from one end of the stage to the other in between verses, climb stairs at verse 3, and then descend stairs at verse 4, all with a blank emotionless face and zero understanding of the song lyrics. This while all her fans praise her name and the populace calls Sasha Allen’s well choreographed and perfectly executed vocals on Bad Girls a “trainwreck.” As country is not my go-to genre, I’m confused with all the proclamations of her guaranteed success. Is there room in that industry for good voices and zero stage presence? I honestly don’t know the answer to that question. I will hand it to her though… girl can sing.
    And why is Skinny Swon only singing harmonies in the chorus to Less Skinny Swon? Isn’t that the point of backup singers?
    And how is this show with this set of finalists the same show that eliminated Amanda Brown at #6? So many questions, so few answers.