There was a lot of filler in Tuesday night’s “The Voice” finale on NBC, nearly two hours of guest performances, clips and interviews in the way of what everyone was there to see: the winner.
And for fans following the journey of North Carolina’s Brooke Simpson, the ending was a bit of a letdown.
Brooke didn’t win Tuesday night – that went to Tennessee rocker Chloe Kohanski – but she still achieved so much during the two-month-long season: Brooke grew as an artist, getting better and more confident with each week’s performance; and she brought a great deal of pride to her hometown of Hollister in Halifax County, to her Haliwa-Saponi tribe and to Native American groups across the country.
The winner of “The Voice” receives $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Music Group.
Brooke came in third place.
During her time on “The Voice,” Brooke sang songs from nearly every genre of music, covering artists from James Brown and Aretha Franklin to Pink and Journey, while also excelling at religious standards like “Amazing Grace” and “O Holy Night.”
Her rendition of “Amazing Grace” hit No. 2 on the iTunes chart the week of Dec. 4, landing just below Beyonce and above Ed Sheeran.
In a segment on Tuesday’s show, Brooke commented on what being on “The Voice” has meant to her.
“Before this, I just had 26 years of no’s, and then Miley was my yes,” Brooke said of her coach Miley Cyrus.
About Brooke, Miley said: “Brooke has been amazing to work with and I’ve watched her grow a lot. We’ve kind of opened her up and shown her truth and her honesty, and I think people have gotten to know Brooke more.”
The show also featured a video showing the bond between Miley and Brooke.
“I’m always there for Brooke,” Miley said.
“This girl sees more in me than I do in myself,” Brooke said of her coach. “Miley is the absolute best. I just feel so lucky to call her my coach.”
Just before the winner was named, an emotional Brooke told Miley, “I’m just so appreciative of the artist I’ve become and everything you’ve done for me. You are my sister, my friend and you’ve been one heck of a leader. I love you.”
Final performances on ‘The Voice’
Before the winner was named, each of the four finalists sang a duet with a major recording artist. Brooke sang “Titanium” with Sia, another song in a long line for Brooke with a theme of inner strength.
Chloe Kohanski sang “White Wedding” with ’80s rocker Billy Idol, Addison Agen sang “Don’t Know Why” with crooner Norah Jones, and Red Marlow sang “When I Call Your Name” with country star Vince Gill.
And as a little bonus, each of the four finalists received the keys to a brand new Toyota Camry Tuesday night.
Brooke will keep singing
In a recent interview with The News & Observer, Brooke said no matter what the outcome on “The Voice,” she plans to keep singing.
“I want to make music my career for the rest of my life,” she said. “If I can do that on a larger scale, that’s awesome. But even if that opportunity doesn’t come and I can just make a living by singing even to 10 people a night, singing the songs I write and reaching them, honestly, that’s the dream. I just want to sing my music.”