06/17/2013 AT 11:00 PM ET
Will the winner of this season’s The Voice be a little bit country? Or whole lot indie rock?
The three remaining acts on the singing competition made it tough for voters on Monday, each turning out distinctive performances on the show’s energetic live final competition, which saw coaches Blake Shelton and Usher take heartfelt meetings with the artists and their families.
Predictions for the winner came directly from the judges themselves, with Adam Levine who quickly called it for Texas teen Danielle Bradbery, the show’s youngest competitor. At just 16, she covered hits by a host of Nashville’s powerhouse female singers including Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis and Sara Evans.
“I am insanely jealous of Blake for snagging you, from the beginning,” Levine teased. “Your voice is so unbelievably powerful and perfect. I think Danielle is the winner of this thing.”
Shelton, who coached not only Bradbery but the harmonizing Oklahoma duo, The Swon Brothers, didn’t disagree on her star power. “I think you are one of the most important artists we’ve ever seen walk across this stage on The Voice,” he said, noting he was grateful to share in the beginning of her success.
Whether Levine’s prognosticating comes true is another matter as Team Usher’s Michelle Chamuel proved yet again that she is prepared to step into the limelight as a confident rock artist.