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Breaking down 'The Voice' finale

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    The final three tried to sing you over to their sides Monday during Part 1 of "The Voice" season 4 finale. Who should you cast your votes for? (You can vote up to 31 times for a single artist.) Review the performances and decide.

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    But before we get to the finalists, we had two group performances:

    A passionate Shakira, cool Usher, casual Blake Shelton and goateed Adam Levine teamed up for The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends." And the top 16 finalists all shared the stage for "Home" by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.

    Back to the top three: Here's how the singers made out with their "defining moment" songs, duets and new tunes:

    Team Blake's The Swon Brothers

    Zach and Colton Swon's "defining moment" song was "Danny's Song" by Loggins and Messina. Colton told USA TODAY that the last time they performed it, the response "blew our minds." Blake thought the harmonies sounded even tighter than ever, and the classic song feels like it should already be on the radio. "I guarantee you they're playing y'all's version of Danny's Song back home (in Oklahoma)," he said. Shakira showed her support with an "Okies" flag.

    Before the Swon Brothers performed with Coach Blake, the Swon parents told Blake that they disciplined the boys by sending them to their rooms and forcing them to write a song. Seems to be effective.

    Next, Colton, Zach and Blake joined forces for "Celebrity" by Brad Paisley. They actually worked well as a trio.

    The brothers went with another Eagles song (they've sung "Seven Bridges Road" before) for their new tune, performing I Can't Tell You Why. The main point of choosing the song? To show off some never-before-heard falsetto. "It's great that you guys finally found the girl part of your voice," said Usher. Eagles fan and falsetto king Adam thought the song was "incredible."

    Team Usher's Michelle Chamuel

    Usher selected Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" as the "defining moment" for Michelle to reprise. That meant lots of fire, squats and yells that the crowd ate up. Carson Daly told USA TODAY that Michelle "always gets the loudest screams after performances," and this song was no exception. "People are screaming so loud our ears hurt," confirmed Adam. Added Shakira, "I'm so glad that you made it to the end, because you're needed out there as an artist." Shakira showed her support by wearing big glasses.

    After Usher told Michelle's family "I found my diamond in the rough," Michelle and Usher dueted with U2's "One." The unexpected choice yielded some fun results. The crowd was clapping while the two were hugging, crouching and belting in surprising harmony. It was an all-around good time.

    New selection "Why" by Annie Lennox meant more mirror-singing (like she did with Grenade a few weeks back). But it wasn't a mirror. It was a monitor with a pre-recorded Michelle listening to live Michelle. Then, live Michelle was joined by a choir for some big, emotional notes. Blake said, "I'm still freaked out about that mirror trick that you did. That was cool!" Coach Usher complimented his singer. "Likability and capability, to me that represents a successful artist. And that is what you possess," he said.

    Team Blake's Danielle Bradbery

    Danielle's "defining moment" was "Maybe it was Memphis" by Pam Tillis. This time around, her tone was as beautiful as ever and she looked confident on that stage. She was so good, Adam was ready to handicap the race. "I think Danielle's the winner of this thing," he said. Shakira showed her support by wearing a cowboy hat.

    Aside from the fact that she and Blake locked eyes and sang "I woke up with you in my arms" to each other, the duet sounded great. But "Timber I'm Falling in Love" by Patty Loveless is a love song, so having the 16-year-old Danielle sing it to the married Blake was a little uncomfortable.

    "Born to Fly" by Sara Evans was Danielle's new pick of the night (after she sang A Little Bit Stronger on the show two weeks ago). Adam was pretty much speechless. "What else could I possibly say? Your perfection is almost boring at this point. You're amazing, still," he said. Blake said, "I'm one of the millions of people out there that you have wrapped around your finger. I just thank God that you came to The Voice to debut yourself."

    So who deserves the record deal and the title? Vote for your favorites, and see the results Tuesday at 9 ET/PT in the celebrity-filled second half of "The Voice" finale.

    Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY

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