Katrina Rose, an actress and singer originally from Durham, competed in her Knockout Round on “The Voice” Tuesday, performing “Zombie” by The Cranberries.
Katrina did a great job with the unconventional song, but she was competing against Chris “Freight Train” Weaver, who sang Nina Simone’s “I Put A Spell On You.”
During rehearsals with her team leader Jennifer Hudson and guest coach Kelly Clarkson, Clarkson told Katrina, “You have such an energy that I haven’t seen yet on any team” (note that judge Blake Shelton told Katrina during the Battle Rounds that she looked like she was “stomping a fire out” during her song).
After the performances, judge Miley Cyrus, who first had Katrina on her team, called Katrina’s growth during the competition “a surprise.” Adam Levine compared Chris’ musical delivery to a laserbeam and Katrina’s to a flamethrower.
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But Blake liked Katrina’s barely controlled style. “For somebody who has so much that’s about to erupt out of them, that the only thing they can do is try to control it for just a second, I love that. I wouldn’t change a damn thing about that.”
In the end, Hudson picked Chris to remain on her team, sending Katrina home.
Katrina, currently a kickboxing instructor in Queens, tearfully thanked Hudson for stealing her from Miley’s team and for having confidence in her.
“It’s definitely not the end for Katrina,” Hudson said. “As long as she has the passion, she’s going to go super far, I just know it.”
Katrina played the lead in “Hairspray” in Las Vegas ten years ago when she was 22. She attended high school at the Durham School of the Arts.
Also with NC ties
▪ Brooke Simpson of Hollister competed in her Knockout Round Monday night, and advanced to next week’s Playoff Round.
Brooke, who is on Miley Cyrus’ team, sang “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin/Carole King and she sang the fool out of it.
▪ Esera Tuaolo, a former NFL defensive tackle who last played for the Carolina Panthers (1999), advanced last week during his Knockout Round.
Esera, a Hawaii native of Samoan heritage, is on Blake Shelton’s team and sang “Superstar” by Luther Vandross.
Brooke and Esera will compete next week in the Playoff rounds.