Clearwater native Juliet Simms gets a standing ovation on NBC's The Voice
Reality TV has only been so good to Tampa Bay area residents -- with local folks kicked off shows such as The Amazing Race and Survivor within weeks of their debut.
But Clearwater native Juliet Simms seems to be blazing a trail on NBC's singing competition The Voice, earning a standing ovation on Monday's show for her rendition of The Police's debut hit, "Roxanne."
Simms, whose smoky, throaty vocals recall a powerful mix of Melissa Etheridge and Janis Joplin, noted on the show that she'd had five record deals which went nowhere, and she was hoping The Voice might make the difference in her career.
And while it still feels early to be laying odds, performances like Monday night's adventure make her a strong contender for the final spot (of course, I thought Tampa's Monica Culpepper might go all the way on Survivor, too).
Fans can still vote for her until 10 a.m. today; click here for more information.
We'll see if she survives the cut on the show's live results episode, at 9 tonight on WFLA-Ch. 8.