Teen country singer Bradbery captures 'The Voice' season crown
By Eric Kelsey
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pitch-perfect teen country singer Danielle Bradbery won TV singing contest "The Voice" on Tuesday, scoring a contract with Universal Music Group and a $100,000 cash prize.
Bradbery, who was coached by fellow country singer Blake Shelton, covered her mouth and began to cry when named the winner, hugging runner-up Michelle Chamuel.
"I'm so thankful," the 16-year-old Texan said. "I'm sorry, I'm speechless."
Bradbery, who said she had never had a singing lesson before the show, rode Sara Evans' country hit "Born to Fly" and Carrie Underwood's "All-American Girl" to victory, becoming the youngest winner of the NBC singing competition in its fourth season.
She topped pop-rock singer Chamuel, who was coached by R&B singer Usher, and third-place finishers the Swon Brothers, country-rock singers Colton and Zach Swon, who were also coached by Shelton.
It was the third consecutive win for Shelton, a mainstay atop the U.S. country charts with song like "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking" and "Drink on It."
Colombian pop singer Shakira and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine were shut out of the final three - their final protégées were voted out during last week's elimination round.
"The Voice" uses a combination of audience voting over the Internet and text message and downloads of the singer's songs from the Apple's iTunes music store. Continued...