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It's down to the final three on NBC's The Voice, with Blake Shelton and Usher as the last coaches standing. But whichever contestants (and/or coaches) you've been rooting for, you can't deny the merit of the three acts who'll face off during the two-night finale (Monday at 8 p.m. ET and Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET). Here's why...
Michelle Chamuel, Team Usher
Hometown: Amherst, Mass.
Vibe: Endearing indie rock outsider
Why she deserves a Top 3 spot: This isn't Country Voice! You need at least one non-country-crooning contestant in the finals, and Chamuel's quirky stage presence and strong vocal ability certainly earned her a spot as the last contestant without a twang to be competing.
Odds of winning: Well, she's a big critics' pick: "If either of [the other finalists] beats out Michelle, it'll be a tragedy," declared Rolling Stone. And last week, after she shattered a giant clock at the end of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," Usher said simply: "You are the winner." But realistically, on a show where country tends to rule, she's still the underdog.
Danielle Bradbery, Team Blake
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Vibe: Young Carrie Underwood
Why she deserves a Top 3 spot: Her powerhouse vocals, her ease on the eyes, and her ability to fit into the pop country mold.
Odds of winning: Pretty good. This 16-year-old is both gorgeous and nice, and who doesn't love that about Carrie Underwood? The fact that Bradbery has never had voice lessons makes viewers even sweeter on her.
The Swon Brothers (Colton and Zach), Team Blake
Hometown: Muskogee, Okla.
Vibe: Harmonizing white guys with guitars
Why they deserve a Top 3 spot: Colton, 24, and Zach, 27, may not be the best singers in the competition, but they've got personality.
Odds of winning: Not as good as Bradbery, but never count out showmanship on this TV singing competition. Plus, did we mention they're sort of country?
Even without the suspense of the competition's final outcome, the show may be worth checking out: Cher will appear in her first live TV performance in 10 years. And returning judge Christina Aguilera will belt out her latest, "Feel This Moment," with Pitbull!
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an Atlanta-based writer who covers pop culture and watches too much TV. Luckily, iVillage gives her an excuse to watch even more. Follow her on Google+.