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Mark Burnett's singing competition takes away everything about music... except the voice.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host Carson Daly
Coaches Adam Levine
Usher Raymond IV
Blake Shelton
Correspondent Christina Milian
Creator John de Mol & Roel van Veltzen (based upon "The Voice of Holland")
EP John de Mol
Mark Burnett
Audrey Morrissey
Stijn Bakkers
Lee Metzger
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The Finals
June 17

They auditioned by the thousands. They were called back by the hundreds. And now, only three remain. A teenage country prodigy from Texas. An electro-pop indie rocker from Massachusetts. A couple of Okies from Muskogee. In 24 hours, give or take, one of these three acts will be named... THE VOICE. It's winner take all.

But first, they must sing for your votes.

Michelle Chamuel
Danielle Bradbery
The Swon Brothers

As a reminder of what is at stake... the title and a recording contract with Universal Records Group. Also... every iTunes download to this point counts as a vote. If your single is on the iTunes top 10 by the end of the voting window, your votes will be multiplied by 10. And as close as the competition is, every download counts. Remember, YOU ARE VOTING FOR A WINNER.

Before we go to war, we have "A Little Help From My Friends" by the coaches.

Each singer will sing two times. One is a contestant's choice. One is a coach's choice for a "defining moment".

First up to bat for the finals... The first duo to make it to the finals... From Muskogee, OK... The Swon Brothers. Every song they've sung on the show was representative of what they want to do and who they want to be. Their first salvo... a classic rock standard from the Eagles, "I Can't Tell You Why".

THEY SAY: Usher hopes it does well for them. Shakira thought it was a good idea to have them do this song, as she's attracted to the falsetto. "You have this universal appeal." Adam says they did an incredible job. Coach Blake calls this the best season of "The Voice" so far, agreeing with Usher when he says that they're constantly evolving.

WE SAY: I love this song. Harmony is crucial on this song, especially in the chorus. On the chorus, both brothers end up going high, still vocalizing, but one needed to go low as a contrast. Still, a very nice start that will bridge voting blocks.

Batting second is a redefining moment from Michelle Chamuel, who is singing a song that impressed Taylor Swift herself. Her coach's choice: "Knew You Were Trouble".

THEY SAY: Shakira says her energy is contagious and that she's an original artist. Adam says that, regardless of what goes on in the show, people scream so loud and Michelle feeds off that energy. Blake says that she's evolving into a bonafide rock star. Coach Usher: "Michelle Chamuel: the winner."

WE SAY: She nails all of the notes. The problem? She nailed all of the notes when she did it the first time. And again, she probably wants to save some energy for later. She still has TWO more performances. Still, it's enough for her fans. Now she needs to go and get some more fans.

Finally, Blake takes the stage to sing with one of his protégés, Danielle Bradbery. The song they're going to tackle together (and they've tackled a LOT together, which is why they're even here in the first place) is "Timber, I'm Falling in Love" by Patty Loveless.

WE SAY: First of all, whoever designed the show piece for this performance needs to be drug out onto the street of Universal City and made an example of. I had to be the Dark Enforcer of GSNN here... But I'm going to channel my inner Gordon Pepper... Blake was carrying that performance, and Danielle was blander than a ream of copy paper.

The Swons are back with their defining moment, as Blake chooses a classic from last week, "Danny's Song" by Loggins & Messina.

THEY SAY: Usher says that they personalize that record and did it justice. Adam agrees with Usher. Coach Blake says it could be on the radio right now. Blake guarantees that this will be playing on the radio in Oklahoma on Wednesday morning.

WE SAY: Every bit as haunting as the first time they did it. .. But who was that guy who ran off in the background?

Amherst, MA's Michelle returns with her solo performance. She's gone with Usher since the start, and Usher has believed in her from the start. She's grown and prospered in the process, and hopefully her performance of Annie Lennox's "Why" will be a climax to the whole adventure.

THEY SAY: Shakira: "One thing is to conquer people's hearts. The next thing is to stay in those hearts." Blake thought it was a laid-back performance. Coach Usher thought it was a connection to "our story". She does possess likeability and capability.

WE SAY: Interesting goof on the music video if you've ever seen it or you are reading this and you've just Googled it. A testament to her artistry... I didn't know that was a plasma TV instead of a TV. Very good command of the performance. You almost wonder what, if anything, she has left in the tank, because THAT was a winning vocal.

Finally, Blake is talking to the Swons about getting to the finals, the first duo to do so. The duo becomes a trio when they all sing "Celebrity" by Brad Paisley.

WE SAY: That was just plain fun.

The pride of Cypress, TX, Danielle will perform two songs this round. Her first is her defining moment, "Maybe It Was Memphis" by Pam Tillis.

THEY SAY: Shakira says she's grabbing the bull by the horns and going straight to the vein of America. Adam says that her voice is unbelievably perfect, making a bold prediction that Danielle wins this thing. Coach Blake says that America just met a star. "You're one of the most important artists we've seen on this stage."

WE SAY: Danielle's starting to show some signs of life as she works her stage presence, breaking out of that shell she was in for the last few weeks. You have one performance left. Do not go desperate with it. You're starting to come alive and you believe you can win.

BEFORE WE GO ANY FURTHER! All three finalists team up for one more performance. The song is "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. They're joined by... the REST OF THE TOP 16!

Michelle returns with her supercoach duet with Usher after a family brunch. The song, "One" by U2. I believe they're going for the U2/Mary J version.

WE SAY: Actually no, it's was a straight duet, complete with harmonies and call-and-responses.

It's the FINAL performance before we let you loose with the phones and the texts and what not. It's Danielle Bradbery and "Born to Fly" by Sara Evans. This is the first full-on uptempo song that she's doing. Is this the right time to take that risk?

THEY SAY: Usher said that going with Blake was a good move. Adam says that her perfection is boring her. Blake says that he's one of the millions of people she has wrapped around her finger."

WE SAY: She's just standing there singing it. It's a big song. She needs to do more with it. She needs to make an impression. She's got a phenomenal voice. But is that going to be enough to win? I want to say it isn't.

So let's review... What we think... and who won what.

SOLO PERFORMANCE: Michelle Chamuel
DEFINING MOMENT: The Swon Brothers
The non-graded COACH DUET: The Swon Brothers

... well now. This could go any way. We'll see HOW it goes, and who wins it all TOMORROW. In the meantime... ahem... Stay tuned for "The Winner Is" coming up next over most of these NBC stations... and remember to support local & independent music!

To see this episode in its entirety, or to find out how you can be a contestant, go to nbcthevoice.com.