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Well, Danielle Bradbery won. Yep, it was the sunshiny country crooner -- the prettiest young thing to cross The Voice's stage since… well, since last year's sunshiny country gal, Cassadee Pope, did it.
Watch the big moment here:
No one was surprised, of course. (See our reasoning here.) Also not surprising? The collective critical grumbling has already begun. Nobody begrudges Bradbery, per se; most critics acknowledge her always-spot-on vocals. And yet: "A milquetoast mannequin with a pretty voice can only go so far -- just ask the graveyard of personality-drained reality competition winners with no careers," wrote Kevin Fallon of The Daily Beast. In other words, yes, Carrie Underwood's fantastic, but how many Carrie Underwoods do we need?
"The country influence seems to have grown from last season, so much so that the show could be well on its way to becoming The Country Voice," wrote Samantha Highfill in Entertainment Weekly. "If this pattern becomes routine, it could easily be the downfall of the show. If each year, America becomes infatuated with Blake and his country roots, therefore siding with his talented country artists over some of the most original voices in the competition -- much like this season’s Sarah Simmons and Judith Hill -- the show could be at risk of becoming predictable, which is the kiss of death for any reality show (or any show, really)."
Which side of the fence do you sit on? That depends. Do you agree with this guy…
Or this one?