Danielle Bradbery: I'm so excited for whatever comes after winning 'The Voice'
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/19/2013
Danielle Bradbery can't wait for the future now that she's won the fourth season of The Voice.
After beating out Michelle Chamuel and The Swon Brothers on behalf of coach Blake Shelton's team during Tuesday night's live finale of The Voice, Bradbery said she has a couple things up her sleeve.
"I definitely would love to have Blake included in everything. The music, I want to make my own song and -- Oh man I'm just so excited for whatever comes," Bradbery toldEntertainment Weekly after the show, adding she'd like to celebrate with friends and family and "embrace the moment while it's here."
A milestone in the young 16-year-old country singer's life was apparently singing with Hunter Hayes during the finale broadcast.
"I've always wanted to perform with Hunter Hayes and he was so sweet and down to earth, it was just a blast up there with him," she added.
Shelton told EW that Bradbery is a very special winner of The Voice for a particular reason -- and although it marks his third victory as a coach and mentor on the show, he refuses to take the credit.
"Even to take myself out of the equation -- Danielle Bradbery, and I've said this on the show, I think might be the most important artist to ever walk across The Voice stage because we've seen some artists come and go who've had record deals before, who have done some things before. Danielle Bradbery may be the first person we've actually discovered here on this show," Shelton said.
The veteran coach also admires Bradbery's innocence and humility.
"She's never changed throughout this competition," he explained.
"She's always remained Danielle. She's a 16-year-old girl. I hope that everybody gets a chance to meet her someday because you'll know the same things that I know -- that her concerns right now are now that this is over, 'Can I go back and hang out with my friends for a week and have summer together,' you know what I mean? That's how real of a human being she is and that's what I love about her the most."
While Shelton clearly had a lot of faith in Bradbery and knew she had a great chance to win the competition, heading into the finale broadcast, he and his wife Miranda Lambert were unsure who would take the title.
"Last night, Miranda and I were sitting around after everybody performed. And we watched the episode back and both of us looked at each other and said, 'I have no clue what's going to happen.' And then to even further that, we woke up this morning and looked at iTunes and it was like three of them were that close -- I mean it was two, three and four I think on iTunes and I said, 'I can't call this, it's unbelievable how tight it is,'" Shelton said.
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Carson Daly also weighed-in on the potential success Bradbery might have in her career, using The Voice as her platform.
"The real question is: What do you think successful is? Is somebody successful when they sell a million records? Tell that to Norah Jones, who won a Grammy, who hasn't. There are different views of success. We think an artist could pop from The Voice. This great talent may not be commercially huge but is very successful," the show's host told EW.