While coach Blake Shelton definitely had the upper hand with two acts in the finale — Texas teen Danielle and Okie underdogs The Swon Brothers — we couldn't quite count out coach Usher, who had a real fighting chance with fan favorite Michelle. All three contestants blew up the iTunes charts all season long, so it was really anybody's game.
But it seemed like 16-year-old Danielle had this one in the bag, thanks to her perfect pitch and ability to bring classic songs to a brand new generation of country music fans. In fact, The Swon Brothers even predicted that one of their female competitors would take the title, and coach Adam Levine (who lost his last contestant, Amber Carrington, in the semi-finals) all but confessed that his money was on Danielle.
While Danielle definitely had a strong night (her encore of "Maybe It Was Memphis" was even better than the first time), we chose Michelle and Usher's duet to "One" by U2 as the best performance of the night. In just three short minutes Michelle managed to connect and emote more than Danielle did all season long. Granted, she's got at least a decade of life experience on Danielle, but something tells us that Michelle's talent can't be taught.
Then again, both ladies went up against The Swon Brothers, who became America's sweethearts overnight in the wake of the deadly tornadoes that ravaged their home state of Oklahoma earlier this month. But they certainly didn't play the pity card — these boys are the real deal and they represent a slice of American life that often goes overlooked in mainstream TV. Unfortunately, their reprisal of "Danny's Song" just wasn't enough to secure the win.
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