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The Voice has a new champ: Danielle Bradbery!
She was crowned at Tuesday's star-studded finale, which featured a rare performance by Cher and performances by Bruno Mars, Pitbull and Christina Aguilera, who'll be back in her swivel chair next season, along with fellow coach Cee Lo Green.
Bradbery, of Team Blake Shelton, beat out Michelle Chamuel of Team Usher, who came in second, and The Swon Brothers, Zach and Colton, of Team Blake, who nabbed third place.
"I'm so thankful," said an overwhelmed-looking Bradbery, just 16, after her win as her eyes brimmed with tears. "I'm sorry, I'm speechless."
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of HBO's political comedy Veep, says having lunch with the real Vice President Joe Biden and meeting his staffers – who showed some resemblance to the characters in her show – was nothing short of "mind-blowing."
"One woman said 'Hi, I'm Allison. I'm the Dan Egan of the office,' " the Emmy winning-actress tells Katie Couric in an interview airing on Wednesday's Katie. "There was a Gary, this guy who carried the vice president's bags all the time. It really was bizarre."
What happened at lunch in Biden's private office also could have been a scene from Veep, in which Louis-Dreyfus plays the self-interested and gaffe-prone Vice President Selina Meyer.
Texas teen Danielle Bradbery predicted she wouldn't sleep at all Monday night. But the Swon Brothers said they'd rest peacefully, knowing they did their best on the final night of competition on season 4 of The Voice.
With the winner set to be announced live on Tuesday, Colton and Zach Swon told PEOPLE the night before that they felt like one of the ladies – indie rocker Michelle Chamuel of Team Usher or Bradbery – would take home the big prize.
"We'll be able to sleep tonight, and to see one of these girls win, we would be just as excited," Colton said. "We want to win, don't get us wrong, but they are just great people. The both deserve it."
Added Zach: "Danielle is a little prodigy."
Former Bachelor contestant Desiree Hartsock is calling the shots and handing out the roses as the current star of The Bachelorette. The bridal stylist will blog all season long on PEOPLE.com about her dates, the guys and the difficult decisions she must make. You can also follow Desiree on Twitter.
After a week of deceit and drama, a new location is all I needed to start fresh on The Bachelorette. As soon as we arrived in Atlantic City, I could feel a different energy. I was excited to be in a place I had never been before – and I was really excited to see the guys!
After Brad told me about his son and failed relationship with the mother, I needed to learn more and see if we had a connection. He is more reserved and quiet than most of the men, so I wanted to bring out his inner child on our date. We had a blast on the Steel Pier rollercoasters and other rides. I could see more of his personality come through.
It is important for me to be able to communicate and have natural banter with a partner. During the day I thought I had found that connection ... but dinner with Brad was painfully awkward. I hoped the great day we had would continue, but we lacked chemistry. He is such a kind-hearted man and has so much to offer, but I couldn't give him the rose. It was difficult to send a great man home. But I had to if I wanted to find the man of my dreams.
If anyone feels sympathy for Sunday's mocked Miss USA contestant, it's judge and The Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes, who asked the competitor the now-infamous question that sent cyberspace into a frenzy.
Marissa Powell, 20 – the Miss Utah finalist who didn't win the competition but could easily be the most searched name online from the pageant – was asked by Leakes, 45, what it says about society that women continue to earn less than men even though they are the primary earners in 40 percent of American families with children.
The flack received for the not quite comprehensive response will pass, believes Leakes, who acknowledges to PEOPLE in a statement, "We all make mistakes that often result in a miscommunication."