The Voice 2013 Live Finale Recap: And The Winner Is… (6/18/2013)
After a season of song, tears, and laughter, we’ve reached the end of the road for The Voice 2013 Season 4. Tonight’s live, two-hour finale is filled with epic guest performances, contestant group numbers, and this season’s biggest reveal yet.
Coach Blake Shelton is busy celebrating his 37th birthday today, but hopefully he can also add his third win in a row to his lists of accomplishments.
Usher is not giving up on his final artist, Michelle, who has become a good friend to the R&B superstar throughout the competition.
And with Christina Aguilera returning along with Pitbull, Cher, Bruno Mars, Hunter Hayes, OneRepublic, Florida Georgia Line, and Nelly, NBC is sure to keep you entertained.
Let's get started:
Pitbull and Christina Aguilera
Proving that Shakira was only a temporary sit-in, Christina Aguilera made an epic return to The Voice stage. And though some of her vocals were a bit strained, the pop diva showed off her dazzling new figure in a skin-tight pencil skin and bright pink bra.
Damn girl, work that toned tummy! Sigh, Legendtina Goduilera. It’s nice to see you reigning in your kingdom once more.
The Swon Brothers, Justin Rivers, Holly Tucker, and Amber Carrington
Ready to have “country come to town,” The Swon Brothers brought back some of their besties to sing “Stars Tonight” by Lady Antebellum.
As if country music didn’t already dominate this season, our favorite duo wanted to make sure that America got one last taste before Season 4 closed. As group performances go, it was one of the better ones, and made us miss Amber Carrington quite a bit. Sigh, gone too soon.
Showing that she fits right in with chart-topping artists, Michelle Chamuel took the stage with OneRepublic to sing the group’s new single “Counting Stars.”
Michelle blended perfectly with the lead singer and looked like a cohesive member of the band. Someone sign this girl!
Florida Georgia Line and Nelly
As if America hasn’t heard enough country collaborations this season, guest performers Florida Georgia Line teamed up with rapper Nelly to show us that there’s more to country than cowboy boots and booze.
The best part of the performance was watching secret besties Usher and Shakira grooving to Nelly after we got rid of those pesky country boys.
That’s The Voice, ladies and gentlemen. Bringing unlikely performers together since 2011.
Vedo, Josiah Hawley, Kris Thomas, and Garrett Gardner
Bringing some much-needed soul back to The Voice stage, these sexy studs returned to show America what its missing singing “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.”
Of the four, Vedo and Josiah stood out as Kris and Garrett proved they left far too late. Holly Tucker stopped in to show off her saxophone skills, as the boys awkwardly danced around with the backup dancers.
We want to see more celebrities and finalists!
Danielle Bradbery, Amber Carrington, Caroline Glaser, and Sarah Simmons
Teen powerhouse Danielle Bradbery brought back a female dream team for her nostalgic performance. We understand the decision to pick Amber and Sarah, but Caroline’s ethereal sound didn’t quite fit in with these strong ladies. Maybe she just felt guilty for destroying Caroline in the battle rounds.
Singing Carrie Underwood’s “All-American Girl,” these ladies in pink and red were just the cutest. Amber even got the chance to display her powerful belt, as if to show America exactly what they were missing. And again we say, gone too soon.
Returning to The Voice stage for yet another finale, Grammy winner Bruno Mars rocked the audience with his new single, “Treasure.” With massive disco balls and a bangin’ band of hooligans, we were really feeling this latest tune.
Prepare to hear it a million times during next season’s blind auditions, battle rounds, knockouts, and live shows.
The Swon Brothers and Bob Seger
As if Zach and Colton Swon’s big city dreams hadn’t already come true, these Oklahoma boys got to sing classic hit “Night Moves” with Bob Seger. You could tell these brothers were eating up every second of it.
And while they were freaking out, Danielle Bradbery was busy thinking, “Who’s that old guy? Grandpa?”
Judith Hill, Sasha Allen, Karina Iglesias, and Cáthia
Up next were another group of Season 4 hopefuls who were ready to show America that they were axed too soon. Former coach favorite Judith Hill was back with her eccentric outfits and another crazy hairstyle, while Team Shakira’s final artist, Sasha Allen, looked classy and polished as ever.
Singing En Vogue's “Never Gonna Get It,” the message hit a bit too close to home. Just like with Amber Carrington, Sasha left us too soon. Can the Top 5 make up the finale next season? Please, NBC?
Danielle Bradbery and Hunter Hayes
Forget Justin Bieber, this country singing teen only has eyes for the hunky Hunter Hayes! And Danielle Bradbery had another dream come true when the country singer agreed to sing his new single, “I Want Crazy,” with her.
Watch out, Blake, your little girl seems to have quite the crush. Wait ... Danielle ... is that actual emotion you’re showing?
Michelle Chamuel, Josiah Hawley, Vedo, and Cáthia
Staying true to her Team Usher roots, Michelle decided to reunite the dream team for her throwback performance. Singing Stevie Wonder's version of the The Beatles hit “We Can work It Out,” the R&B coach’s team surprisingly sounded great together. Adam Levine, The Voice’s resident Beatles fanboy, rocked out in his singing along, and he wasn’t the only one. No shame.
Wearing one of Cee Lo Green’s furry friends on her head, music legend Cher took the stage to debut her first new single in 12 years, “Woman’s World.” She sounded great, but we just couldn’t get over the giant pink, black, and gold mohawk.
Bear with us, Cher. It’s been a few years since we’ve seen your crazy style. Where’s Xtina when you need her? #BurlesqueReunion.
Alright, moment of truth, Voice fans. The Final 3 stood before America ready to hear the results of their season of hard work. Danielle was in a ballgown, Michelle was in a blazer, and The Swon Brothers were in generic suit — business as usual.
The Okies from Muskogee took home the third place trophy, as we thought they would, and then it was down to the last two ladies. And it was the Texas teen who took home the top prize. Danielle Bradbery was declared the winner of The Voice Season 4.