June 18, 2013 at 9:45 AM ET
In their final performance show on Monday night, “Voice” finalists Danielle Bradbery, Michelle Chamuel and The Swon Brothers were asked to reprise songs that their coaches chose as their “defining moment.”
After their repeat renditions, the artists told TODAY.com if they agreed with their coaches’ picks, and why those tracks might have stood out from all the others they’ve performed over the six weeks of live playoffs.
For teenage fan favorite Danielle, Blake Shelton chose the Pam Tillis song “Maybe It Was Memphis,” and Danielle told us that “I agreed with that choice. That was the song that went up so high on iTunes and everyone was freaking out. It's such a fun performance. It's so powerful. I love that song.”
She added that she’s been watching her earlier “Voice” clips to see how far she’s come since starting on the show. “I've watched my blind auditions, knockouts, battles, those performances that were way at the beginning,” she said.
“Just the clips that they showed for the (top 16 group) performance -- it's crazy how much my voice has changed and how little I look!” Danielle laughed, before clarifying, “I'm still little, but I feel like I grew up a lot.”
Michelle wasn’t sure why Usher picked Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” which she first performed only two weeks ago.
“I don't fully know,” she admitted. “I think it's just the energy. That was one of the most unique (performances) for me as far as what I'm able to show. This is like the top of the energy chain for me. It's like, 'Let's turn it back up to 11.’”
She revealed that it wasn’t the track she would’ve chosen as her defining moment. “I very much respect his choice,” she continued, “(but) I would've picked ‘Grenade,’ because that was the first time I felt all these interlocking pieces come together -- the score, the movement. That is what I would've picked.”
Of the decision to go back to their version of Loggins and Messina’s “Danny’s Song,” Colton Swon of The Swon Brothers told TODAY, “That was all (Blake). That’s our coach and we have faith in him.”
“Danny’s Song” wasn’t the first time America really took notice of the Swon Brothers. They also received universal praise when they performed George Jones’ “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” in tribute to the late country legend. So why didn’t they go with Jones instead?
“I think ('Danny’s Song') reached a bigger audience than the George Jones song did,” Zach Swon explained. “It went No. 2 overall on the iTunes charts. I think it connected with a lot more people that may not be hardcore country fans. If you'd told me that was going to be our defining moment at the beginning of the season, I'd have called you crazy. But looking back on it now and all the feedback we got, I really think it bumped us up there.”
One of these three acts is about to have another defining moment. “The Voice” will name its season four winner with a special two-hour Tuesday show beginning at 9 PM on NBC.