Brooke Simpson of Hollister competed in her Knockout Round of “The Voice” Monday night, singing for the chance to advance to next week’s Playoff Round.
Brooke, on Miley Cyrus’ team, was coached on Monday’s show by Cyrus and Kelly Clarkson. Clarkson said of Brooke, “Not only does she have what it takes to make it in the industry, the industry needs people like her.”
Brooke sang “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin/Carole King and she sang the fool out of it. But her competition – Stephan Marcellus – sang “Impossible” by Shontelle, and he was pretty amazing too.
Here’s what the judges had to say about Brooke’s performance.
Adam Levine: “Brooke, I’ll see you in the finale, and I will cry because I love you and I want you on my team.”
Blake Shelton: “Your singing is unbelievable, and it’s so much fun to watch you kickin’ the hell out of that song, just slappin’ it, slappin’ it.”
Jennifer Hudson: “You have a voice that’s like beyond. It’s very rare when you have a voice like that come through – a show like this is why it’s created. At the end of the day, this show is called ‘The Voice’ and that there girl right there got a voice.”
Miley Cyrus: “(At the beginning of the show) I didn’t understand the level of talent. That voice is really coming out of that girl right there, no props no gags.”
Cyrus said it was a tough choice but she picked . . . Brooke.
Brooke will compete in next week’s Playoff Round, either Monday or Tuesday night on NBC.
Before her performance, the 26-year-old Native American from Halifax County talked about making her tribe proud – she’s a member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe – and making her husband, Ray, proud. She said her husband is her “best friend in the whole world” and noted that he has always been the one telling her not to give up and that “this is what you were born to do.”
Also with North Carolina ties
▪ Esera Tuaolo, a former NFL defensive tackle who last played for the Carolina Panthers (1999), advanced last week during his Knockout Round. Tuaolo is on Blake Shelton’s team and sang “Superstar” by Luther Vandross. He’ll compete again next week in the Playoffs.
Esera, a Hawaii native of Samoan heritage, came out as gay after leaving the NFL. During his time in the NFL, he often sang The National Anthem before games and was known as Mr. Aloha.
▪ Katrina Rose, an actress and singer from Durham, should be on the Nov. 7 Knockout Rounds. We’ll be watching.