Brooke Simpson of Hollister, N.C., wowed judges on “The Voice” a few weeks ago during Blind Auditions, and in the show’s first Battle Rounds Monday night, Simpson did it again.
Simpson, who is on Miley Cyrus’ team, was paired with Sophia Bollman to sing the Bob Dylan song “You’re A Big Girl Now.” Both singers have big voices and did a great job on the song. It was a tough call for Cyrus, but she picked Simpson as the winner of the battle (most of the judges weighed in leaning toward Simpson as well).
Simpson’s first appearance on ‘The Voice’
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During Blind Auditions on Sept. 26, Simpson sang Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold” and all four judges on the show turned their chairs to compete for her. She went with Miley Cyrus, who has an all-female team.
The 26-year-old Native American from Halifax County is a member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe and lives near Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Also with North Carolina ties
▪ Esera Tuaolo, a former NFL defensive tackle who last played for the Carolina Panthers (1999), advanced in this Battle Round on Tuesday. He is on Blake Shelton’s team.
Tuaolo, who came out as gay after leaving the NFL, sang “Rise Up,” an Andra Day song during Blind Auditions on Sept. 26.
During his time in the NFL, Tuaolo, a Hawaii native of Samoan heritage, often sang The National Anthem before games and was known as Mr. Aloha.
▪ Katrina Rose, a kickboxer from Durham, will compete in a battle round on Monday, Oct. 23.