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NC’s Brooke Simpson makes it to the finale on ‘The Voice’

Brooke Simpson performs “Faithfully” in the Dec. 11 episode of “The Voice.”
Brooke Simpson performs “Faithfully” in the Dec. 11 episode of “The Voice.” Trae Patton/NBC

There was a little bit of suspense built into Tuesday night’s reveal of whether or not Brooke Simpson would be advancing to next week’s “The Voice” finale.

Only four of the eight singers would get to advance, and nearing the halfway point of the program, only two singers had been revealed as safe – and they were not Brooke. But just before the stroke of 8:30, host Carson Daly called Brooke as the third finalist.

And if anyone was more excited than Brooke and her fans, it was her coach, Miley Cyrus.

After the announcement, Miley jumped out of her chair, ran to the stage to hug Brooke, ran to Carson Daly and grabbed his mic to say, “This is my first artist ever in a finale!” and then danced/fist-pumped her way back to her chair.

Coach Miley Cyrus, left, with Brooke Simpson after Simpson was named as a finalist on “The Voice.” NBC Trae Patton/NBC

Early in the show when Carson asked Brooke what it meant to her to possibly be going to the finale as the only remaining member of Miley Cyrus’ team, Brooke said: “After so many no’s, Miley was my one yes, so I want to make sure you’re represented next week.”

Mission accomplished.

Brooke is a native of Hollister, N.C., and a Native American member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe in Halifax County. She currently lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., with her husband Ray (and her cat and two dogs).

Who went home?

The first two artists eliminated Tuesday were Keisha Renee and Davon Fleming, Brooke’s duet partner from Monday night.

The three remaining artists had to perform for an instant save, which happens through Twitter.

Country singer Red Marlow was saved by Twitter so Noah Mac and Adam Cunningham were eliminated.

That means coach Blake Shelton has two team members in the finale (Red Marlow and Chloe Kohanski), Miley Cyrus has one (Brooke Simpson) and Adam Levine has one (Addison Agen). Jennifer Hudson has no singers in the finale. In my opinion, Chloe is Brooke’s toughest competition next week.

What’s next

The four remaining singers perform again in part 1 of the season finale at 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18. Fans will need to vote again for who they think should win.

The winner is announced in the finale at 9 p.m. Dec. 19. “The Voice” airs on NBC.

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