Teen country singer Bradbery captures 'The Voice' season crown

Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:50pm EDT
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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...