Brooke eyes next week on 'The Voice'

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 12/1/17

Former Lee University student Brooke Simpson continues to wow her TV audience on NBC's "The Voice," and is looking for more vocal prowess as the competition continues next week.Earlier this week, the …

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Brooke eyes next week on 'The Voice'

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Former Lee University student Brooke Simpson continues to wow her TV audience on NBC’s “The Voice,” and is looking for more vocal prowess as the competition continues next week.

Earlier this week, the talented singer — who has a strong Native American heritage —  sailed through the elimination process.

Simpson, after singing pop singer Pink’s “What About Us” in Monday’s performance round, was advanced as the third selection in Tuesday’s countdown.

In this week’s performance, Brooke — a Team Cyrus member — embraced her Native American roots by being joined on the stage by Native American drummers and wearing festive apparel and craft jewelry.

She currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and is a full member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe. She grew up on tribal grounds.

Denton Davidson of Reality TV says,  “Brooke could sneak up and steal the crown with her consistently powerful, emotional vocals. She fits the profile of a typical artist who would win a singing competition, and with her performance of Pink’s ‘What About Us,’ she proved she can be relevant in the current landscape of pop music.”

He added, “Should Chloe (Kohanski) and Addison (Agen) run each other down by competing for the same fan base,

Brooke could end up taking this from both of them.”

The first singer selected to the final 10 Tuesday was Kohanski, of Team Shelton, with teenager Addison Agen of Team Levine just in front of Simpson. Agen was the first singer to advance in the first elimination who a week earlier.

This year’s four coaches are Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Jennifer Hudson, and Miley Cyrus (who has Simpson on her team).

Others advancing (in order) were Devon Flemming, Red Marlow, Noah Mac, Ashland Craft, Keisha Renee and Shi’Ann Jones.

This left Adam Cunningham and Janice Freeman in a sing-off for the 10th and final survivor spot in this week’s eliminations.

Cunningham performed first, singing Lonestar’s “Amazed,” and was followed by Freeman with Sia’s Chandelier.

Early voting from the nation’s audience predicted the winner, with Cunningham garnering 63 percent of the vote, and Freeman 37 percent.

When it was concluded, Freeman was issued her ticket home to California and Cunningham received the so-called “instant save.”

The field has now been trimmed to the top 10 contestants, with Simpson one of the top contenders for the win.

If she were to win, Simpson, a former undergrad, would become the second contestant with ties to Lee University to win “The Voice” in three years.

Lee graduate Jordan Smith was the winner two years ago, and has since launched a successful career in the entertainment industry.

The remaining contestants are:

• Team Miley Cyrus: Ashland Craft and Brooke Simpson.

•  Team Jennifer Hudson: Davon Fleming, Shi’Ann Jones and Noah Mac.

•  Team Adam Levine: Addison Agen and Adam Cunningham.

• Team Blake Shelton: Chloe Kohanski, Red Marlow and Keisha Renee.

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