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Swons just short of victory

June 19, 2013


June 19--Oklahoma's Blake Shelton pulled off a three-peat as one of four coaches on "The Voice," but Muskogee's favorite brothers fell short of snagging the show's Season 4 title.

Zach and Colton Swon came in third place, but their strong performances earned them the title as the strongest duo ever to perform on the NBC singing competition. The Swons and runner-up Michelle Chamuel came in behind Danielle Bradbery, a 16-year-old Texas girl who became the show's youngest winner.

Shelton praised the Swon Brothers before the show, saying they "have done their work." After the show, he described the Muskogee duo as simply "amazing" with a bright future ahead of them.

"Back home they can expect some big things from the Swon Brothers very soon," Shelton said during a red carpet interview. "I know a few things that are on the horizon, and they've got some big things coming -- Okies unite right here."

Zach Swon, immediately before the results were announced, described his experience on "The Voice" as "the most incredible ride I've ever been on." Both he and his brother gave kudos to Shelton, saying "there couldn't be a better coach in the world."

During a red-carpet interview, the Swons said they "couldn't be more proud" of Bradbery and her success. Zach Swon described their teammate and rival as their "little sister" and "the most precious thing." Colton Swon predicted "she is going to sell a lot of records."

When asked about their third-place finish, the brothers had nothing but good things to say. They even expressed some astonishment about their success on the show.

"I don't know if everybody saw, but we won a car tonight, and we sang with Bob Seger," Colton Swon quipped. "We went farther than I thought we would ever go on here."

As far as their own careers, the brothers said their hometown supporters and the legion of new fans they attracted during the past few weeks can expect "to see us really soon."

"There are some good things in the works for the Swon Brothers," Colton Swon said after the show. "You guys have changed our lives. Thank you, Tulsa. Thank you, Oklahoma."

Tuesday night's two-hour season finale weaved together comedic relief, which gave the Swons a chance to show their playful sides, with several musical performances. The Swon Brothers performed a Lady Antebellum song, "Stars Tonight," with three of their favorite contestants who left the show early.

The Muskogee brothers swooned about their opportunity to play with Seger, a rock music icon who tapped into the Tulsa Sound to find musicians for his Silver Bullet Band. Lined up on three stools and playing acoustic guitars, the three swapped lyrics on Seger's signature song, "Night Moves," and gave a performance Seger genuinely seemed to enjoy.

"Man, this has been the most incredible ride I've ever been on," Zach Swon said. "Honestly, there couldn't be a better coach in the world -- and we got to sing with Bob Seger."

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