It’s the moment that all “Voice” fans equally anticipate and dread. The one show that reveals whether investing your time into the season was worth it — the live finale. On Tuesday night (June 18), fans of NBC’s hit singing competition will find out who earned enough of America’s votes to claim victory: Danielle Bradbery, Michelle Chamuel or The Swon Brothers.
If you’ve been paying any attention to Season 4, you’d know that 16-year-old Danielle is like an unstoppable freight train, barreling towards the win. She of the preternaturally gifted voice; she with the absence of experience; she of the plucky personality — Danielle is a rare find for “The Voice.” A remarkably gifted vocalist with a malleable future. Her youth and her willingness present a plethora of opportunities to truly create a monstrously successful country-pop artist.
Not only does she have her youth and her absurdly natural talent on her side, but she’s had the stroke of luck to compete in a season that’s been uncharacteristically kind to country artists. When coach Blake Shelton brought a team comprised entirely of country singers to the live shows, it was clear what he was aiming to accomplish — and America supported him. This season’s Top 6 was two-thirds country artists, and Danielle was always at the top of the pack, with her sales on iTunes always ranking in the “phenomenal” range. This season is hers to lose.
But lose she should.
Now, I’m not disputing that Danielle has remarkable talent and will no doubt be bigger than Taylor Swift one day. That’s all a given. But I’ll challenge the idea that she deserves the win this season over Michelle Chamuel.
Look back at any of Michelle’s performances this season, particularly the more emotional ones (“Why,” “Time After Time” or “True Colors”), and compare them to any single highlight of Danielle’s. Notice something? While Danielle no doubt sounds terrific, there’s something always slightly bland in her performance — something lacking. No doubt owed to her scant experience, both on stage and in life, Danielle’s performances are regularly technically sublime, but emotionally devoid; whereas Michelle routinely invites the viewer to feel something when she takes the stage. Sometimes “The Voice” needs to rise above just the voice.
Michelle deserves to win Season 4. She likely won’t (and she’ll undoubtedly find success should she not), but no one left standing has performed with such a lively and artistic frame of reference.
And what about The Swon Brothers, you ask? Well, their harmonies have been lovely and I suspect they’ll have no trouble finding success in Nashville, but they’ll have to find solace in the fact that they’ve made it further than any duo in “Voice” history — because that’s the only title they deserve.
Who do you think deserves to win, “Voice” fans?
“The Voice” Season 4 finale airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.