'The Voice' Finale Recap: Who Won Season Four?


(NBC)The fourth season of The Voice is over! America has spoken — and in record numbers, apparently. More than half of the top spots on the iTunes song charts were occupied by Voice contestants on Tuesday, as fans tried their hardest to ensure glory for their favorites. As coach Adam Levine notes, "It's closer than any other season."

So who emerged victorious? And which performances will people still be talking about in the morning?

Here's the rundown.

Christina Aguilera makes a suitably dramatic entrance for her return to The Voice's stage for her performance of "Feel This Moment" with Pitbull, but she somehow manages to deliver the weakest first line of the season. Blame it on the mic. Still, lady is looking brutally hot these days, though I kinda miss her Fraggle Rock hair extensions.

The Swon Brothers bring back Justin Rivers, Holly Tucker, and Amber Carrington for their performance of Lady Antebellum's "Stars Tonight." It's typical group number fare — lots of smiles, plenty of twang, and a surprising amount of sass from Baylor band geek Holly.

After a charming interlude about the evolving bromance between Adam Levine and Blake Shelton (there's a suggestion that Blake's feelings were tested by the too-cool-for-school Usher), Michelle Chamuel joins OneRepublic for a performance of their single "Counting Stars." Hopefully soon enough she'll be writing songs with Ryan Tedder for her debut album.

After a hilarious segment in which Blake pokes fun at Usher's coaching methods (one of these days he and Miranda are going to get their own show), Florida Georgia Line take the stage to sing their current hit "Cruise." By the time Nelly hits the stage both Usher and Shakira are bopping in their seats. Carson Daly calls it the "2013 summer anthem" because apparently he's never heard "Get Lucky."

Christina Milian asks the finalists if they have anything they want to say to one another. "I would gladly lose to either one of them, their hearts are hearts of gold," Colton insists. Michelle says she loves her fellow competitors and that they inspire her musically and as people. Danielle, the baby of the group, says "I look up to you as my big brothers and sister."

This might be the friendliest group of reality television stars the world has ever known.

Next, Vedo takes the lead on the Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" with Josiah Hawley, Kris Thomas, and Garrett Gardner. The boys have memorized choreography, for better or worse, and it's kind of adorable to see emo pinup boy Garrett rocking some snaps. And then Holly does her part on the sax! I like her more than ever.

Danielle Bradbery brings back Amber Carrington, Caroline Glaser, and Sarah Simmons for her performance of "All American Girl" by Carrie Underwood. There's a Stars and Stripes theme to the set design, naturally, but the choreography feels very high school musical. And everyone sounds awfully shouty next to Caroline.

Then Bruno Mars recreates his "Treasure" music video. No, really.

Bob Seger performs his classic "Night Moves" and is joined by the ridiculously inoffensive Swon Brothers.

Cathia, Judith Hill, Karina Iglesias, and Sasha Allen join forces to sing En Vogue's "Never Gonna Get It" and there are flames involved. Judith's hair is deliciously alien. All this sassy lady party needs is a Holly sax solo.

Danielle Bradbery is one lucky 16-year-old: She doesn't just get to meet her idols — she gets to perform with them. She joins Hunter Hayes for a duet on his hit "I Want Crazy," and it's safe to say his fans are seething with jealousy through the entire thing.

Michelle Chamuel reunites the original Team Usher for a performance of Stevie Wonder's "We Can Work It Out." Adorably, all of them are wearing red shoes, and all of them sound amazing. Both Usher and Shakira give them a standing ovation.

It turns out that Christina Aguilera's Fraggle Rock hair extensions have taken up residence on top of Cher's head. The living legend debuts her new single "Woman's World" just before the big announcement, and big surprise — it's EDM flavored! Unfortunately it is no "Believe," even if her voice is strong as ever.


(NBC)Just before Carson makes his big announcement, the finalists give their thanks to their coaches. "I just want to say thank you so much for being you and inspiring me to be me as well," Michelle tells Usher. Colton and Danielle tell Blake they love him. Zach brags that he got to sing with Bob Seger.

First, Carson announces that the Swon Brothers have won third place. Danielle and Michelle can be heard saying they love each other just before the next announcement...

DANIELLE BRADBERY WINS!

Michelle Chamuel jumps for joy and gives Danielle a big hug. There are pyrotechnics. Asked for comment, all Danielle can do is giggle. She's supposed to reprise Sara Evans' "Born to Fly" but she gives up after one verse and just starts hugging everyone.

It's been a good season, y'all. How are you feeling about the end result?

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